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.

Bread & Roses makes grants to organizations that use community organizing to create sustainable social change

What is community organizing?

  • Civil disobedience
  • Mass protest
  • Mobilizing community members to voice community concerns by attending meetings with or writing letters, sending emails, and making phone calls to public officials
  • Mobilizing community members to pressure individual public officials to change their position on an issue
  • Hosting town hall meetings and listening projects or using other methods to gather community input on a particular issue
  • Training community members to disrupt harmful practices that government or corporate entities are using to maintain the existing system
  • Building alternatives to existing government or corporate practices that are harmful and making those alternatives available in ways that have a measurable impact on the larger community
  • Providing space for political education that builds the leadership and skills of members of an affected community, enabling them to analyze harmful systems and develop strategies for change
Who is eligible to receive a grant?
Groups must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible:
  • Located in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Camden counties
  • 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
  • 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 eligibility criteria are listed within the description for each fund. Organizations can apply for a grant in every fund for which they are eligible. Organizations can receive up to $25,000 total in grants from Bread & Roses within a 12-month period.

Bread & Roses does not provide funding for:

  • Direct service work/social services
  • Research
  • Educational programs
  • Capital campaigns or building projects
Our Grants and Scholarships

Special Funds
  • Gender Justice Fund deadline: June 1, 2018
  • Latino Organizing Fund passed


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 Racial & Economic Justice Fund supports groups that use community organizing to promote racial and economic justice at the local, state, national, or international levels. For groups applying to this fund, racial and economic justice must be central to their vision, to their understanding of the problem, and to their strategy for addressing the problem.

Who are previous Racial & Economic Justice Fund grantees?

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund has supported a wide range of grantees, from Asian Americans United to Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania. Check out our list of recent grantees to see if the Racial & Economic Justice Fund is right for your organization.

Does my group qualify for a Racial & Economic Justice Fund grant?

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

What is the award size from the Racial & Economic Justice Fund?

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund makes $10,000 grants. Groups who have received grants from the Racial & Economic Justice Fund in the past may reapply in the following grant cycle.

What is the deadline to apply?

The deadine to apply is March 1, 2018.

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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. 

Who are previous Future Fund grantees?

The Future Fund has supported a wide range of organizations, from Good Schools Pennsylvania to Proyecto Sol. Check out our list of recent grantees to see if the Future Fund is right for your organization.

Does my group qualify for a grant from the Future Fund?

The Future Fund makes grants to groups that:

What is the award size from the Future Fund?

The Future Fund makes $5,000 grants. Groups who have received grants from the Future Fund in the past may reapply in the following grant cycle.

What is the deadline for the Future Fund?

Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2018. No late proposals will be accepted.