Bread & Roses Community Fund believes in change, not charity. We organize donors at all levels to support community-based groups in building movements for racial equity and economic opportunity. We support movements and their leaders through fundraising, grantmaking, capacity building, and convening.

Currently, Bread & Roses uses this online platform to makes grants from the Racial & Economic Justice Fund, the Future Fund, the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative and the Opportunity Fund. In addition, Bread & Roses administers the Jonathan Lax Scholarship for Gay Men.

Read more about eligibility criteria for all four funds and the scholarship below. Scroll all the way down to access open applications.

Grants: Basic Eligibility Criteria

(Scroll down for information about the Lax Scholarship Fund)

Organizations must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Must be located in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Camden counties
  • Must have an organizational or a distinct project budget that is less than $300,000
  • Must be tax-exempt or have a fiscal sponsor that is tax-exempt or have a pending 501(c)3 application
  • Must have completed all progress reports from previous Bread & Roses grants. Failure to submit progress reports will disqualify organizations from future funding
  • Must submit a complete application

Funding criteria:

Bread & Roses provides grants to groups that have a long-term vision and engage strategies that promote social justice, including:
  • A focus on organizing and activism (not social service work)
  • A clear understanding of the root causes of the problem they are working to resolve
  • A strategy that includes collective action by the community and results in concrete outcomes
  • A vision that emphasizes changing the systems that create or perpetuate the problem being addressed
  • Leadership that is primarily composed of people affected by the problem that is being addressed
  • A priority for developing leadership from within the affected community
Additional funding criteria are listed within each fund category.

Bread & Roses grants program does not provide funding for:

  • Direct service work/social services
  • Research
  • Educational programs
  • Capital campaigns or building projects
  • Scholarships, fellowships, or grants to individuals (except through the Lax Scholarship Fund)

Funds:

Racial & Economic Justice Fund

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund (REJ) was created to support groups that use community organizing to promote racial and economic justice at the local, state, national or international policy levels. Racial and economic justice must be central to an applying organization's vision, understanding of the problem, and strategy for addressing the problem.

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund makes grants to groups that:

  • Meet all basic eligibility requirements and funding criteria
  • Have a long-term vision for and engage strategies that promote racial and/or economic justice
  • Are building a local base for taking collective action against the problem being addressed
  • Are changing the balance of power between community members and decision makers
Grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 annually. Groups who have received grants from the Racial & Economic Justice Fund in the past may reapply in the following grant cycle.


Click here to view and download the Racial & Economic Justice Fund application questions.

Click here to view and download the Racial & Economic Justice Fund application guide.

Future Fund

The Future Fund supports organizations that are working on emerging issues or developing new approaches to social justice activism. These groups may employ one or more effective strategies, such as: cultural work, media advocacy, and political education. 

The Future Fund makes grants to groups that:

  • Meet all basic eligibility requirements and funding criteria
  • Are new or emerging groups or organizations that are new to Bread & Roses
  • Are focusing on developing their capacity and skills to build a local base and take collective action against the problem being addressed
Grants range from $2,000 to $6,000 annually. Groups who have received grants from the Future Fund in the past may reapply in the following grant cycle.

Click here to view and download the Future Fund application questions.

Click here to view and download the Future Fund application guide.

Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative

The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative is a fund that provides grants for criminal justice reform activism. Grantees target issues that include (but are not limited to) police accountability, racially biased sentencing policies, growth of the for-profit prison industry, criminalization of youth, and the death penalty.

The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative makes grants to groups that:

  • Meet all basic eligibility requirements and funding criteria
  • Have a long-term vision and engage strategies that promote justice within criminal justice systems
  • Are building a base for taking collective action against injustices within the criminal justice systems
Grants range from $2,500 to $6,000 annually. Groups who have received grants from the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative in the past may reapply in the following grant cycle.

Click here to view and download the Phoebus application questions.

Click here to view and download the Phoebus application guide.

Opportunity Fund

Opportunity Fund grants are intended for special projects or emergencies that are not part of an organization’s ongoing work. These activities are frequently in response to rapidly emerging issues and might include: demonstrations and rallies, coalition efforts, conferences, or forums.

The Opportunity Fund makes grants to groups that:

  • Meet all basic eligibility requirements and funding criteria
  • Are facing an emerging issue, project, or situation that is not part of the organization’s ongoing work
  • Have not received an Opportunity Fund grant within the past 12 months
Grants range from $50 to $500. Groups who have received grants from the Opportunity Fund in the past year may not reapply in the following grant cycle.

Jonathan Lax Scholarship for Gay Men

 The Jonathan Lax Scholarship for Gay Men (Lax Scholarship) was established in 1994 by the late entrepreneur and inventor Jonathan R. Lax for the purpose of encouraging gay men to obtain additional education, aspiring to positions in which they contribute to society, being out about their sexual orientation, and acting as role models for other gay men with similar potential. Tuition scholarships are awarded in amounts $4,000 and $8,000.

Eligibility criteria:

  • men who live in the five-county Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) and Camden County who are attending accredited colleges, graduate or professional schools anywhere 
  • OR men attending such schools within the Philadelphia region

Instructions for Applying

1. Select the fund you wish to apply to. Verify that you or your organization meet the eligibility criteria for the fund.

2. Click "more" under the applicable fund and read the instructions carefully. 

3. Click "submit" under the applicable fund and sign in or create an account. Make sure to save your username and password as you will use this account every time you login to Submittable to edit your application. Your application will be saved between sessions, and you will be able view (but not edit) past applications once they have been submitted. Each organization should have only one account and you will be able to use the same account each year that you reapply.

4. Fill out the application. Make sure to click "save draft" at the bottom of the screen frequently and especially before exiting. To access the form again after you have started it, either return to this page and select the fund again or log in to Submittable and find it in your applications. Do not click "submit" at the bottom of the form until you are absolutely sure you are finished. You will not be able to edit the form once you have submitted it.








Ends on November 30, 2017

The Lax Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 by the late entrepreneur and inventor Jonathan R. Lax for the express purpose of encouraging gay men to obtain higher education, to aspire to positions in which they contribute to society, to be out about their sexual orientation, and to act as role models for other gay men with similar potential.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Please complete all required fields and submit your application by 11:59 pm (EST) on November 30, 2017.

NOTE: It is a good idea to PRINT THE APPLICATION FIRST, review it and decide what you plan to write, and then come back and fill out the application. You can come back to this application any time and your data will be saved. You will not be able to change any information once you hit Submit so do NOT hit Submit until you are finished with the application.

We also recommend you CONTACT YOUR THREE REFERENCES (academic, community involvement and personal) as soon as possible.  Let them know they will be receiving an email from Submittable with instructions on how to complete their letters of reference online.

*Required fields are marked with a red asterisk.*

If you need assistance while completing this form, please call Aarati Kasturirangan, director of programs, at 215-731-1107 x206 or email lax@breadrosesfund.org.

Opportunity Fund grants are intended for special projects or emergencies that are not part of an organization’s ongoing work. These activities are frequently in response to rapidly emerging issues and might include: demonstrations and rallies, coalition efforts, conferences, or forums.

The Opportunity Fund makes grants to groups that:

  • Meet all basic eligibility requirements and funding criteria
  • Are facing an emerging issue, project, or situation that is not part of the organization’s ongoing work
  • Have not received an Opportunity Fund grant within the past 12 months
Grants range from $50 to $500. Groups who have received grants from the Opportunity Fund in the past year may not reapply in the following grant cycle.

Basic Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be located in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Camden counties
  • Must have an organizational or a distinct project budget that is less than $300,000
  • Must be tax-exempt or have a fiscal sponsor that is tax-exempt or have a pending 501(c)3 application
  • Must have completed all progress reports from previous Bread & Roses grants. Failure to submit progress reports will disqualify organizations from future funding
  • Must submit a complete application

Funding Criteria:

Bread & Roses provides grants to groups that have a long-term vision and engage strategies that promote social justice, including:
  • A focus on organizing and activism (not social service work)
  • A clear understanding of the root causes of the problem they are working to resolve
  • A strategy that includes collective action by the community and results in concrete outcomes
  • A vision that emphasizes changing the systems that create or perpetuate the problem being addressed
  • Leadership that is primarily composed of people affected by the problem that is being addressed
  • A priority for developing leadership from within the affected community
The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative is a fund that provides grants for criminal justice reform activism. Grantees target issues that include (but are not limited to) police accountability, racially biased sentencing policies, growth of the for-profit prison industry, criminalization of youth, and the death penalty.

The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative makes grants to groups that:

  • Meet all basic eligibility requirements and funding criteria
  • Have a long-term vision and engage strategies that promote justice within criminal justice systems
  • Are building a base for taking collective action against injustices within the criminal justice systems
Grants range from $2,000 to $6,000 annually. Groups who have received grants from the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative in the past may reapply in the following grant cycle.

Basic Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be located in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Camden counties
  • Must have an organizational or a distinct project budget that is less than $300,000
  • Must be tax-exempt or have a fiscal sponsor that is tax-exempt or have a pending 501(c)3 application
  • Must have completed all progress reports from previous Bread & Roses grants. Failure to submit progress reports will disqualify organizations from future funding
  • Must submit a complete application

Funding Criteria:

Bread & Roses provides grants to groups that have a long-term vision and engage strategies that promote social justice, including:
  • A focus on organizing and activism (not social service work)
  • A clear understanding of the root causes of the problem they are working to resolve
  • A strategy that includes collective action by the community and results in concrete outcomes
  • A vision that emphasizes changing the systems that create or perpetuate the problem being addressed
  • Leadership that is primarily composed of people affected by the problem that is being addressed
  • A priority for developing leadership from within the affected community