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

About the Gender Justice Fund

Women, girls, transgender, and gender non-conforming people are the targets of systemic oppression based on gender identity and/or gender expression. Gender justice exists when all people—especially women, girls, transgender and gender non-conforming 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.

The Gender Justice Fund will make grants to organizations across the Philadelphia region that have been building leadership among women, girls, transgender or gender non-conforming people, engaging in community organizing, and mobilizing their communities to address a wide variety of issues affecting women, girls, transgender, and gender non-conforming people, including: reproductive justice; gender-based violence; workers' rights; mass incarceration and police violence; and equal access to healthcare, education, affordable housing, and more.

The Gender Justice Fund will make grants to organizations within which:

  • At least 50% of the leaders identify as women, girls, transgender, or gender non-conforming people
  • Leadership is being developed from within these communities
  • Community organizing is being used as a strategy to addresses the concerns of women, girls, transgender, or gender non-conforming people in our region. 

The Gender Justice Fund will make grants to both established organizations and organizations that are new, emerging, or new to Bread & Roses. 

Does my group qualify for a Gender Justice Fund grant?

The Gender Justice Fund will make grants to organizations that:

  • Meet all basic eligibility criteria
  • Have a long-term vision for and engage strategies that promote gender justice
  • Are building a local base for taking collective action against the problem(s) being addressed
  • Are changing the balance of power between community members and decision makers
  • Have a strong analysis about race and class and describe how their work is promoting gender justice at the intersections of race, class, and gender

What is the award size from the Gender Justice Fund?

The Gender Justice Fund will make grants of $10,000. The number of grants that will be made depends on the amount of money raised by the 2018 Gender Justice Giving Project. 

Can an organization receive a grant from the Gender Justice Fund and other Funds at Bread & Roses? 

Organizations can apply for a grant in every fund in which they meet the eligibility criteria. Organizations can receive up to $25,000 in grants from Bread & Roses within a 12-month period. 

Deadline

The deadline to apply is May 25, 2018.