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The Racial & Economic Justice Fund provides $10,000 grants to groups that use community organizing to promote racial and economic justice at the local, state, national, or international levels. To qualify for this Fund, organizations' strategy for change should rely on community organizing. Groups must also hold racial and economic justice central to their vision, their understanding of the issue they seek to address, and their strategy for social change.

The deadline to apply for the Racial & Economic Justice Fund is February 1, 2022. To be considered for funding, proposals must be complete and submitted on time. Because of the volume of applications we receive for the Racial & Economic Justice Fund, we cannot consider incomplete or late applications. 

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund has supported a wide range of organizations. To see if the Racial & Economic Justice Fund is right for your organization, please review the characteristics of a Bread & Roses grantee and a list of recent Racial & Economic Justice Fund grantees on our website. 

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations must meet all of the following basic criteria to be eligible for a grant from Bread & Roses:

  • Must be located in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Camden counties
  • Must be designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization or have a fiscal sponsor that is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization or have documentation of a pending 501(c)3 application with the IRS
  • Must be current with all progress reports from previously awarded Bread & Roses grants
  • Must submit a complete application prior to the deadline (because of the volume of applications we receive, we cannot make exceptions)
  • Must be using community organizing to create sustainable social change

Bread & Roses makes grants to organizations that have a long-term vision for social justice and engage in strategies that promote sustainable social change, including:

  • A focus on community organizing and activism (not social service, self-help, or educational programs)
  • A clear understanding of the root causes of the problem or issue they are working to resolve
  • A vision that emphasizes changing the systems that create or perpetuate the problem or issue being addressed
  • A strategy that 1) includes building a local base for taking collective action by the community affected by the problem or issue, and 2) results in concrete outcomes at the neighborhood, city, state, or national level
  • Leadership that is primarily composed of people most affected by the problem or issue that is being addressed

Bread & Roses does not make grants for:

  • Direct service work/social services, self-help/empowerment programs, educational programs, or advocacy
  • Research
  • Schools
  • Capital campaigns or building projects
  • Scholarships, fellowships, or grants to individuals (except through the Lax Scholarship Fund)

Application Process Suggestions

  • We suggest you review the entire application before filling it out. If you find a hard copy helpful, you can print one using the print function in your web browser.
  • We also suggest you skip the Proposal Summary question and return to it after you've finished your application. Then you can copy the most important information from your longer answers.
  • You can save your application and return to edit it as long as you do not submit your application. Once you hit submit, you will not be able to make any changes.
  • Please fill the charts in as completely as you can. If you don't have the information we're requesting, enter "0" in that box for your application to be considered complete.

What Happens After You Hit Submit

  • Bread & Roses staff will screen all of the proposals to make sure that they meet our eligibility requirements.
  • Giving Project members will review proposals individually and use a democratic decision-making process to select groups that will be invited for an interview.
  • Giving Project members will interview invited organizations in April and May 2022.
  • Using a democratic decision-making process, Giving Project members will make recommendations for grants based on the amount of money they raise.
  • Recommendations for grants made by the Giving Project will be presented to the Bread & Roses Board of Directors for final approval.
  • Grant award announcements will be made in June 2022.
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