Ben & Jerry’s Foundation: Grassroots Organizing for Social Change
The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the United States. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation believes that grassroots, constituent-led organizing is among the most effective means to create social change. It defines organizing as collective action from the bottom up that challenges the status quo, demands changes in policy and practice, educates communities about root causes, and advocates and agitates for systemic and just solutions. The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change program supports organizations that share and embody this theory of change.
The program’s broad goals are to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. Priority strategies must include: community and ally outreach; leadership development; constituent empowerment and decision-making; popular education; root cause analysis; power analysis; campaign development; mobilizing constituents and allies; coalition building; and/or direct action.
Amount: Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded.
Eligibility: Grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community-organizing and base-building strategies and have 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor. Organizations should have budgets under $500,000.
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