Eligibility

Resist is a foundation that supports people's movements for justice and liberation. We redistribute resources back to frontline communities at the forefront of change while amplifying their stories of building a better world.  

Groups that are aligned with Resist will fit most of the following:
  • 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.


In order to be eligible organizations must:

  • have an organizational budget under $150,000 per year
  • be based in the United States
  • be led by those most impacted by intersecting systems of oppression 
  • be an organization with 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

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
  • 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 four times a year).

Multi-Year Grants:

Open only to current grantees who meet the above requirements and have been funded twice (for General Support and Accessibility) 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 Yani for an Access Code that you will input in our online application system. (Deadlines four times a year.)

Accessibility Grants:

Open to any organization that meets the above requirements. (Deadlines four times a year).  Accessibility grants are awarded for work that specifically allows for a group's work to be more accessible.  Examples of potential accessibility needs are interpretation services, wheelchair ramps, childcare, transportation for folks with mobility aids, etc. 

Rapid Response Grants:

Open to any organization that meets the above requirements. You do not have to have received funding to Resist prior to applying for a rapid response grant. Decisions on these grants are made by the co-directors of radical philanthropy and have a one-week response time.

Please contact Yani with any questions or concerns.

Apply for a Resist grant!