United States: Submit Applications for Needmor’s Core Grants Program
The Needmor Fund is currently accepting applications for the Needmor’s Core Grants Program to provide general operating support to groups engaged in the work of community organizing.
The mission of The Needmor Fund is to work with others to bring about social justice. They support groups of people who come together to organize their community, build power, and challenge the social, economic, or political conditions that bar their access to participation in a democratic society.”
The Needmor Fund seeks to:
remove systemic barriers to the practice of democracy by encouraging the efforts of people who are working together for justice and the common good;
encourage involvement in community affairs by people whose participation has been systematically denied; and
foster the active participation of all citizens in crafting a vision, values and policies that are more equitable, to guide the operation of the country.
Duration: Grantees funded through this program are eligible to receive funding for up to three years, after which an organization may not apply for at least two years.
The Fund’s Core Grants Program will focus on supporting community organizing in the Midwest – specifically an eight state region that includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
The Needmor Fund seeks to support community organizing groups with the following characteristics:
organizes low and moderate-income people: recruits and engages members from historically disenfranchised communities.
membership-based and democratically run: dues paying members determine the agenda of the organization.
leadership development: develops and trains a cadre of strong grassroots leaders.
multi-issue: addresses issues of race, immigration, poverty, economic justice, and low-wage work.
engages in direct action: has a power analysis and clear plan for winning concrete victories that alter the relations of power in its community.
balances issue work with base building: effectively links issues to building organization and power.
builds power: has a larger vision to aggregate power, taking on bigger policy issues and expanding its base of allies to increase its impact over time.
well managed: has a financial and fundraising plan, engages in strategic planning, and has strong leadership and lively governance.
For more information, visit http://www.needmorfund.org/forms/needmor-application/