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Overview of Funds

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, or national 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.

Check out our list of recent grantees to see if the Racial & Economic Justice Fund is right for your organization. 

The Future Fund provides $5,000 grants to groups that are working on emerging issues or developing new approaches to social justice activism or community organizing. These groups may employ one or more effective strategies, such as cultural work, media advocacy, and political education. 

Check out our list of grantees to see if the Future Fund is right for your organization. 

For both funds, see characteristics of a Bread & Roses grantee to see if your organization is a good fit for Bread & Roses funding.

Please note: Groups cannot apply to both the Racial & Economic Justice Fund and the Future Fund during the same year. 

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for the Racial & Economic Justice Fund or the Future Fund is 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2024. To be considered for funding, proposals must be complete and submitted on time. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we cannot consider incomplete or late applications. 

Eligibility Criteria For Racial & Economic Justice Fund and Future Fund

  • Meet all basic eligibility criteria
  • Are led by people most affected by injustice, and have broad membership and leadership bases that can survive when key leaders step down
  • Understand power and can talk about how they are trying to challenge power imbalances within their organizations and in their communities as well as between community members and policy makers
  • Are less likely to be funded by more traditional funders, because of their commitment to challenging power and prioritizing the leadership of marginalized people; therefore, a grant from Bread & Roses would be critical to seeding or sustaining their work

Racial & Economic Justice Fund Specific Criteria

  • Meet Eligibility Criteria for Racial & Economic Justice Fund and Future Fund listed above
  • Have a long-term vision for and engage strategies that promote racial and/or economic justice
  • Are using community organizing to achieve their goals and create social change
  • Have a plan, including short term and long term goals that are specific and achievable and promote racial and/or economic justice through changes in policies or practices at the neighborhood, city, state, or national level
  • Are knowledgeable about other organizations working on the same issue, and are able to work collaboratively across movements, issues, and communities to amplify impact

Future Fund Specific Criteria

  • Meet Eligibility Criteria for Racial & Economic Justice Fund and Future Fund listed above
  • 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

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.
  • When completing the proposal summary, it might be helpful to complete the application first, then pull the key points into your summary. 
  • Optimize your proposal summary by focusing your response specifically on the work or project for which you are applying for funding. You can detail your organization's mission and vision in the question that asks about the mission.
  • 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.
  • Giving Project members will interview invited organizations in April and May 2024.
  • 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 2024.
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