Resist believes in grassroots organizing, creativity, and power. Resist supports people’s movements for justice and liberation. It redistributes resources back to frontline communities at the forefront of change while amplifying their stories of building a better world. Funding is provided to organizations that:
- Resist: Groups that organize, base build, and engage in direct action and cultural organizing. These include groups that organize within communities for structural social and economic change and groups that develop tools for consciousness raising, including popular education and radical pedagogy development.
- Re-imagine: Groups that actively build new systems that provide alternatives to the ones that they are fighting now. These groups live into transformative justice by creating community-based alternatives to dehumanizing or inaccessible institutions and systems. This work might look like: alternatives to policing, urban gardens, cooperative childcare, etc.
- Build resilience: Groups that are creating through arts and cultural work and all forms of creative resilience building. Groups that are healing through sacred resistance, sustainability, ritual, bodywork, and other embodied healing for communities engaged in the work of liberation.
Types of grants awarded are:
1. General Support: Grants support groups who are building movements for justice and liberation and resisting systemic oppression through grassroots/cultural organizing, art-making, and resilience building.
2. Accessibility: Grants support projects that enable all people to participate in the movement for justice and liberation. Resist will fund the additional costs of making projects or events more accessible to community members with specific accessibility needs.
3. Rapid Response: Grants are awarded to better meet the needs of frontline groups and organizations. Grants are awarded to:
- Imagine and build: For groups seeking financial support with training, consultation, healing, cultural work, conflict resolution, and/or restructuring. Examples include developing organizing skills, exploration of new strategies, community-led arts and culture work, board and staff development, fundraising support and training, computer and software training, and transformative and strategic planning.
- Resist and respond: For groups seeking to respond to unforeseen and timely political opportunities with organizing and/or cultural interventions. Examples include organizing direct action, creative resistance, and travel to protests in response to a call to action.
4. Multi-year: These grants are only open to current grantees who have been fully funded twice in the past five years.
Amount: Dependent upon grant type, as follows:
- General Support and Accessibility: Grants of up to $4,000 are available for a 12 month period
- Emergency grants: Grants of $1,000 are available
- Multi-year: Grants consists of three years of funding at $4,000 for a 3-year period
Eligibility: To be eligible the applicant must:
- Have an organizational budget under $150,000 per year
- Be based in the U.S.
- Be led by those most impacted by intersecting systems of oppression
- Be a tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations; a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency; be sponsored by one of the above; or contact the Foundation prior to applying
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