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
- Educational programs
- Capital campaigns or building projects
- Scholarships, fellowships, or grants to individuals (except through the Lax Scholarship Fund)
- Opportunity Fund deadline: 5:00 p.m. on the 1st of each month
- Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative deadline: December 1
- Jonathan Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men deadline: November 1
- Racial & Economic Justice Fund deadline: March 2
- Future Fund deadline: April 1
- Gender Justice Fund — deadline: June 16
- Immigration Justice Fund — grants were made in 2019
- Black-led, Black-centered Organizing Fund — grants were made in 2018
- Resources for Racial Justice in Philly and Ferguson Initiative — grants were made from 2014 to 2017
- Latino Organizing Fund — grants were made in 2013
- Media Justice Fund — grants were made from 2007 to 2009
The Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing is providing emergency grants of up to $10,000 to grassroots community organizing groups. Priority will go to 1) new or existing groups that are launching organizing campaigns around issues directly related to the COVID-19 crisis (these groups do not need to have 501(c)3 status or a fiscal sponsor), and 2) established grassroots community organizing groups that need funding to be able to keep organizing and need resources to build their capacity to organize virtually and/or need to replace lost revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis. These groups need to be 501(c)3 or have fiscal sponsors.
For all groups applying to the Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing, their strategy for change should rely on community organizing, and the work they are doing must be directly related to or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Proposals will be reviewed by a community review panel on a weekly basis. Proposals received by 9 a.m. on Monday each week with be reviewed that week. Applicants will be notified of the decision within 2 weeks of applying.
If your group has not received a grant from Bread & Roses previously, please be sure to review the characteristics of a Bread & Roses grantee and the types of community organizing we fund to see if your group is the right fit for a grant from Bread & Roses.
The Gender Justice Fund provides $10,000 grants to groups that use community organizing to promote gender justice at the local, state, national, or international levels. For groups applying to this fund, gender justice must be central to their vision, to their understanding of the issues they seek to address, and to their strategy for social change.
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.
To see if the Gender Justice Fund is right for your organization, please review the characteristics of a Bread & Roses grantee and a list of recent Gender Justice Fund grantees. For eligibility criteria and more information about this Fund, visit our website.
Applications will be open until June 16, 2020. Only proposals submitted before the deadline can be accepted.