Grants

Resist believes in grassroots organizing, creativity, and power.

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Eligibility Criteria:

Groups that are aligned with Resist will fit most of the following criteria:
  • Their work is located within an ecology of social justice organizations. They are aware of how their work fits into a greater whole. Work reflects a clear understanding of purpose and function within movements for social change
  • Have an intersectional / cross-issue analysis
  • Work actively against white and Christian supremacy, capitalism, gender, and sexual oppression, and all forms of patriarchy
  • Are led by those most affected by structural oppression
Resist funds groups that:

Resist. Groups that organize, base build, engage in direct action, and cultural organizing. Groups organize within communities for structural social and economic change. Groups 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 we’re 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.


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[Image description: two-column chart; on the left: “ELIGIBLE organizations must: – have an organizational budget under 150k per year, – be based in the US, – be led by those most impacted by intersecting systems of oppression, – be an organization with a 501(c)3 status as determined by the IRS, – be a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency or be sponsored by one of the above”; on the right: “We do not fund: – 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 of the United States, – 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.”]

Have questions about your eligibility? Contact Yani Burgos – yani@resist.org 



2020 Grant Application Deadlines

Deadline 1: March 6th, 2020, 6pm  EST (Receive funding decision in May 2020)
Deadline 2: June 5th, 2020, 6pm  EST (Receive funding decision in August 2020)
Deadline 3: September 4th, 2020, 6pm  EST (Receive funding decision in November 2020)
Deadline 4: December 4th, 2020, 6pm EST (Receive funding decision in February 2020)

 2021 Grant Application Deadlines:

Deadline 1: March 5th, 2021, 6pm EST (Receive funding decision in May 2021)
Deadline 2: June 4th, 2021, 6pm EST (Receive funding decision in August 2021)
Deadline 3: September 3th, 2021, 6pm EST (Receive funding decision in November 2021)
Deadline 4: December 3th, 2021, 6pm EST (Receive funding decision in February 2022)

Rapid Response Grants
Resist reviews Rapid Response applications on a weekly basis. Upon review, applicants are notified of funding decisions within 24 hours. Rapid Response awards are sent electronically within 48 hours of the funding decision date.

General Support Grants:

General Support Grants are available for up to $4,000 to support groups who are building movements for justice and liberation and resisting systemic oppression through grassroots/cultural organizing, art-making and resilience building.  General support grants are awarded by a panel of previously funded Resist grantees.  Groups are funded based on the strength of their overall application. Awards can be used to best meet your group’s needs. Groups can only be funded once per 12-month period. There is no limit to the number of times a grantee can receive funds. If a group has been fully funded twice in the past five years, they may apply for a multi-year grant.

Multi-year Grants:

Open only to current grantees who meet the above requirements and have been fully funded twice (for General Support and Accessibility) in the past five years. Multi-year funding consists of three years of full funding ($4000), starting with the year the multi-year application is submitted. If you are eligible and would like to apply for a Multi-Year Grant, send us an email so we can provide the access code that you will input into our online application system.

Contact Yani Burgos – yani@resist.org with any questions.

Accessibility Grants:

The revolution will be accessible or it’s no revolution at all. – Mia Mingus, Access is Love

Resist is committed to supporting 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. Accessibility grants are awarded up to $4,000.

Accessibility grants are awarded by a panel of previously funded Resist grantees.  Groups are funded based on the strength of their overall application. Awards can be used to best meet your group’s needs. Groups can only be funded once per 12-month period. There is no limit to the number of times a grantee can receive funds. If a group has been fully funded twice in the past five years, they may apply for a multi-year grant.

Rapid Response Grants: 

Resist offers $1,000 Rapid Response grants to better meet the needs of frontline groups and organizations. This grant is decided on by Resist staff and generally has a one week turn around.

Resist offers Rapid Response Grants for groups and organizations to:

Imagine and Build: for groups seeking financial support with training, consultation, healing, cultural work, conflict resolution, and/or restructuring. Examples include (but are not limited to): 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, 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 (but are not limited to) organizing direct action, creative resistance, and travel to protests in response to a call to action.

Apply for a Grant

In order to apply for a Resist grant (all applications must be entered online):
  1. Start the application process for any of our grants here.
  2. You will need to create a user account. You don’t have to submit an application, but in order to browse, read the applications, or submit, you must create an account. It should take less than five minutes.
  3. You will see information about our five grant programs and instructions on how to apply.

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Please follow instructions online for technical support, and for application support, email Yani at yani@resist.org.
Thank you for applying and bravely doing the work that you do! We very much look forward to reading your applications. Best, Yani (Co-Director Resource Redistribution, Resist)

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