Social Change grants from Resist

Posted by on December 19, 2003

[posted from Comm-Org]

From: D Schoech <>
Title: Grants Program

Sponsor: Resist, Inc.

The sponsor funds small-budget groups who struggle towards a broad vision of social justice, while continuing to oppose political and institutional oppression. Grants range from $500 to $3,000.

Deadline(s): 02/05/2004

Address: 259 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144

Program URL: <a href=""></a>

The sponsor seeks to to fund organizations that are actively part of a movement for social change and that demonstrate an understanding of the connections among oppressions. A sample of the sponsor’s interests include: community organizing and anti-racism projects; economic justice; environmental protection; the struggle for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered rights; health, AIDS and disability issues; labor; progressive media and culture resources; Native Americans/native peoples; peace/anti-militarism; prisoners; women; and youth.

The sponsor funds projects that organize or educate people to take action; build the human capacity of organizations (e.g. organizer training or skill building activities); build the physical capacity of organizations (e.g. equipment purchases); encourage alliances and collaboration among social change organizations; promote innovative approaches to organizing; and/or promote organizational longevity (e.g. through development of fund raising strategies, publicity and outreach campaigns).

High priority is given to groups that fall outside of mainstream funding sources because they are considered to be too "radical." For media-related projects, high priority is given to projects that organize people to take action, rather than merely disseminate information.

Organizations with a budget of approximately $125,000 or less may apply for a one-year grant with the maximum amount requested not to exceed $3,000. The sponsor prefers to fund a specific campaign or project, although grants may be given for general support. The sponsor also awards emergency grants of up to $300 are available on an ?as-needed? basis. The sponsor is committed to supporting projects that enable all people to participate in the movement for social justice. The sponsor will fund the additional costs of projects or events which will make them accessible to people with disabilities (e.g. signers for events, or wheelchair accessible venues) for amounts up to $2,000. Previously funded projects include: the costs of a demonstration, brochures, leaflets about events or issues, slide shows, newsletters, subscription drives, fund raising campaigns, staff time and office equipment. For media projects, the sponsor will fund: the distribution costs of a film, video or radio project; the purchase of video or audio equipment on a limited basis; printing or copying costs for publications; performances of fully developed plays or skits; installation costs for exhibits; and/or general operating costs. Grantees who have been funded by the sponsor at least two times during the preceding five years may apply for a three-year multi-year grant. (icm)

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