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Apply For a Grant

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for any Social Justice Fund grant program, an organization must:

  • Be an organized group of people (we do not fund individuals).
    • o If your organization is a nonprofit with 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 status as determined by the IRS, or be a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency OR is fiscally sponsored by 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 organizations or by federally recognized tribal governments, you can apply.
    • o If your organization is not incorporated or fiscally sponsored, you can probably still apply, but you must speak with SJF program staff first.
  • Be led by people who are most directly affected by the problems that the organization or project is addressing.
  • Use a community organizing approach, as defined in our Grant Guidelines.
  • Carry out most of its work in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and/or Wyoming.
  • Satisfy evaluation requirements for all previous Social Justice Fund grants.

If you have not received a Social Justice Fund grant before, please fill out this brief pre-application questionnaire before you begin your application.

Begin your application at our Grant Portal.

How to Apply for a Grant: 

  1. Read the Social Justice Fund Grant Guidelines. This provides information about our grantmaking process, criterias, and timelines, and includes some new policies and changes.
  2. Optional: Read the SJF Granting Criteria (used by our volunteer grantmakers to help guide their screening process). Read through those materials carefully and then if you have any questions about these grant cycles, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  3. Log in to our Online Grant Portal. (If you have never used it before, you will need to register your organization first. Note: You can only register one email per organization.)  
  4. Select the appropriate grant cycle and begin your application. You can apply for multiple grants per year, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria for each grant. 
  5. If you have applied through this online portal before, you will be able to log into your previous application and make changes to it for a new grant cycle, or you can click "copy/rollover an application" to revise a previous draft.
  6. If you have trouble with the online portal, contact techsupport@socialjusticefund.org. If you have any questions, contact Program Director, Mijo Lee at mijo@socialjusticefund.org or (206) 624-4081.

2014 Grant Schedule: 

  • General Grant (Deadline March 17) This grant has no issue focus, and is open to any organization which fits our basic criteria, region-wide. Project Manager: Kylie Gursky
  • Montana (Deadline March 17)  -- This grant has no issue focus, and is open to any organization which fits our basic criteria in Montana. Project Manager: Kylie Gursky
  • Criminal Justice (Deadline March 27) -- We define “criminal justice issues” broadly, to include all of the systems which criminalize people's lives based on race, poverty, gender, or disability. Two-year grant. Project Manager: Karen Toering
  • Gender Justice (Deadline April 17) -- This grant will focus on  community organizing at the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality, which works for a world where all people -- especially women, girls, and gender-variant people -- are able to identify and express their gender and sexual orientation without fear, discrimination or harm, and have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions for themselves, their families and their communities in all areas of their lives. New this year. Project Manager: Mijo Lee
  • Environmental Justice (Deadline May 22) -- For the purpose of this grant, “environmental justice” organizations: strive for equitable access to a clean and healthy environment; work for sustainability, including racial and economic justice; and are community-based and led by the people who are most disproportionally affected by environmental justice issues. Project Manager: Karen Toering
  • Economic Justice (Deadline October 15) -- We define “economic justice” broadly, to include work that addresses the root causes of economic inequity and injustice (as defined by the impacted communities) using community-led solutions to build on existing power among its members (ie. workers, families, faith communities etc.) to advocate for and create thriving communities. Project Manager: Karen Toering
  • Movement Building (By invitation only; candidates to be notified by September 17) -- This grant is by invitation only, for grantees who have already been funded that year and have nominated by staff as particularly well-aligned with our general granting criteria and a special focus on movement-building. Project Manager: Mijo Lee

Other Funding Opportunities: 

A list of other funders who have funded our grantees in the past (last updated Summer 2011): other funding opportunities.

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