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Open Society Foundations: Communities Against Hate

Deadline: February 15, 2017

The Communities Against Hate initiative is a rapid response fund that will support local communities and organizations in the U.S. in their efforts to de-escalate and head off future incidents of hate based on race, religion, national origin, gender, and sexual orientation. For the purposes of this fund, incidents of hate include bullying, intimidation, bigoted slurs, assaults, desecration of houses of worship, and other acts. Open Society hopes these rapid response grants will promote the values of inclusion, diversity, fairness, and equal protection, and empower and equip individuals, institutions, organizations, and local communities across the social, racial, ethnic, and faith spectrum to stand together against hate. Open Society also wants to ensure that incidents are included, tracked, and aggregated in local and national databases, and increase public awareness and solidarity.

Open Society Foundations will quickly direct resources to organizations and collaborative efforts that are well positioned in their communities to provide support, services, technical assistance, prevention, outreach, community reconciliation, and public education to individuals and organizations dealing with acts of hate. It intends this program to respond to what communities believe is of greatest value to address the rise in hate incidents and other threats to vulnerable populations and thus aim to remain flexible and support an array of responses. It expects that they could include: direct services related to crisis response; mental health services; post-trauma resilience supports; legal services; protection of physically vulnerable non-profit staff and organizational assets, including data and communications security; efforts that include children and youth; alternatives to over-criminalization as a means of addressing hate violence such as mediation, community conferencing, and other restorative alternatives to prosecution; efforts to work collaboratively across communities; local mechanisms to collect hate incident data; litigation; and public education and training programs.

Amount: A total of $3,000,000 is available to award non-renewable project grants ranging from $15,000 to $150,000 to community-based organizations for projects of six months’ or one year duration.

Eligibility: Applicants’ organizational strengths must include:

  • Positioning in their community as a trusted resource, led by the communities they serve and, responsive and accountable to those communities
  • Commitment to serving persecuted populations and the values of inclusion diversity, fairness, and equal protection
  • Longstanding track record of serving persecuted populations, protecting civil rights, and/or fighting against racism and discrimination

Applications from funding intermediaries and coalitions that support organizations responding to incidents of hate are welcome.

Projects must be:

  • Responsive to a specific incident, threat or risk, and benefit one or more of the frequently persecuted populations mentioned above
  • Timely, urgent, and concrete – the event or situation the applicant is responding to requires immediate action that is well thought out with a clear set of goals and outcomes that can be achieved within six months

Link: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/communities-against-hate-20161122

Note: The application deadline is February 15, 2017, but applications accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed weekly. The Foundations aim to notify applicants of funding decisions within 10 days of receipt of a complete application, and it aims to issue a grant letter and payment within another 10 days.

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