Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Grants Program

SEEK Updated
10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Grant/Funding
Abstract: 

The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the United States and accounts for about 75 percent of our total giving.

We make one-year grants for up to $20,000, to organizations with budgets under $500,000. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply.

While our broad goals are to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems, we focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change rather than on the specific issues the organization is addressing.

We will only consider proposals from grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community-organizing and base-building strategies to accomplish their goals.

OUR THEORY OF CHANGE
People most affected by a problem are in the best position to determine the solutions. Therefore, leadership development is an essential component of social change work. True change occurs only when underlying, systemic forces are understood and addressed.

Grassroots, constituent-led organizing is among the most effective means to create social change. We define 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.

Lasting change occurs when Social Justice Movements are built from the ground up and grassroots groups come together across sectors and constituencies to work for the common principles of Human Rights and Justice for All.

The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change program supports organizations that share and embody this theory of change.

Priority Strategies must include:

  • Community & ally outreach
  • Leadership development
  • Constituent empowerment & decision-making
  • Popular education
  • Root cause analysis
  • Power analysis
  • Campaign development
  • Mobilizing constituents & allies
  • Coalition building
  • Direct action
  • Application Deadlines:
    Summer: Opens January - Deadline is in mid-March
    Winter: Opens July - Deadline is mid-September

    For more information and to apply visit http://benandjerrysfoundation.org/the-grassroots-organizing-for-social-c...

    Author: 
    Ben and Jerry's Foundation
    Topic Areas: 
    Environmental Justice
    Human Communities
    Stewardship
    Sustainability
    Target Audience: 
    Business Community
    Adult
    Citizen and Youth Groups
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Outside Minnesota
    Fee: 
    No
    Library loan: 
    No
    Is training required?: 
    No
    Seasonal: 
    No
    Contact(s) or order information.: 

    Ben & Jerry's Foundation, Inc.
    30 Community Drive
    South Burlington, VT 05403
    802-846-1500
    info@benandjerrysfoundation.org
    http://benandjerrysfoundation.org