Thomas Jefferson observed that "the ground of liberty is won by inches." The Norman Foundation seeks to help win some of those precious inches. The Foundation supports efforts that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental and social well-being, and that help people control those forces that affect their lives. These efforts may: promote economic justice and development through community organizing; work to prevent the disposal of toxics in communities, and to link environmental issues with economic and social justice; promote civil rights by fighting discrimination and violence and working for equity. Our current priority for Civil Rights grantmaking is public education equity, with an emphasis on parent and youth organizing.
We will consider the following in evaluating grant proposals:
In pursuing systemic change, we hope that:
The Foundation provides grants for general support, projects, and collaborative efforts. We also welcome innovative proposals designed to build the capacity of social change organizations working in our areas of interest. Priority is given to organizations with annual budgets under $1 million.
Note: The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or universities; or to support conferences, scholarships, research, films, media and arts projects; or to capital funding projects, fundraising drives or direct social service programs, such as shelters or community health programs. The Foundation's grant making is restricted to U.S.-based organizations.
To view a list of grant opportunities, or to apply, visit http://normanfdn.org/index.php