Grants Eligibility

Resist’s theory of social change is rooted in the belief that when communities most impacted by injustices come together, organize, address root causes, and take direct action powerful social change happens. 

Therefore Resist funds organizations that:
  • organize within communities for structural social and economic change
  • work in alliance and coalition with other social justice organizations
  • have an intersectional / cross-issue analysis 
  • are led by frontline communities and/or be in solidarity with frontline communities
In order to be eligible organizations must:
  • have an organizational budget under $150,000 per year
  • carry out most of their work in the United States
  • submit progress reports for all prior Resist grants
  • be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status as determined by the IRS, be a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency, be sponsored by one of the above, or contact us prior to applying. 
Unfortunately, Resist does not fund any of the following:
  • social service or research projects
  • legal defense costs or lawsuit projects not directly connected to a progressive organizing campaign
  • material aid campaigns
  • individuals
  • projects whose primary work is outside the United States
  • the development or production of films, videos or radio projects
  • publications, media or cultural projects not directly connected to a progressive organizing campaign
  • capital campaigns, capital projects, or endowments
  • organizations with access to traditional sources of funding
  • other foundations or grant-giving organizations
  • organizations with annual budgets over $150,000

Guidelines for Grants

General Support Grant:

Open to any organization that meets the above requirements. (Deadlines six times a year. See below) 

Multi-Year Grants:

Open only to current grantees who meet the above requirements and have been funded twice in the past five years. The last grant must be a full grant (typically $4,000). If you are eligible and would like to apply for a Multi-Year grant, please email jax and kendra for an Access Code that you will input in our online application system. (Deadlines six times a year. See below)

Technical Assistance Grants:

Open only to current grantees that have been funded in the past five years and meet the above requirements. (Decided on a rolling basis. See below)

Emergency Grants:

Open to any organization that meets the above requirements. (Decided on a rolling basis. See below)

Accessibility Grants:

Open to any organization that meets the above requirements. (Deadlines six times a year. See below) 

2016 Grant Application Deadlines

General Support, Accessibility, and Multiyear applications:
  • February 5, 2016 (board decision and notification by April 4, 2016)
  • April 1, 2016 (board decision and notification by June 6, 2016) 
  • June 3, 2016 (board decision and notification by August 8, 2016)
  • August 5, 2016 (board decision and notification by October 5, 2016)
  • September 30, 2016 (board decision and notification by December 5, 2016) 
  • December 2, 2016 (board decision and notification by February 6, 2017)
Emergency and Technical Assistance Grants:
  • Open and ongoing (decision and notification within one week of receiving the application) 

Apply for a Resist grant!