As trusted partners in your networks and communities, we understand the immense work and resources it takes to show up daily. We know the toll this work can take and reiterate our commitment to supporting you and your organizations. Guided by our conversations and your recommendations, the YEF team curates a list of resources and opportunities focused on fundraising, training, wellness, and stories to spark thought.
The information on this page will be time relevant, which means it will only include links to currently active sources and open deadlines. This Knowledge Hub page will be updated regularly as new opportunities and information arise.
Resist is a foundation that supports people’s movements for justice and liberation. They redistribute resources back to frontline communities at the forefront of change while amplifying their stories of building a better world.
Eligible organizations must:
General Support Grant: General Support Grants are available for up to $4,000 to support groups who are building movements for justice and liberation and resisting systemic oppression through grassroots/cultural organizing, art-making and resilience building. Deadline 2: June 2nd, 2023, 6pm ET.
Rapid Response Grants
Resist offers $1,000 Rapid Response grants to better meet the needs of frontline groups and organizations. This grant is decided on by Resist staff and generally has a one week turn around.
For over 25 years, Third Wave Fund has resourced and supported youth-led, intersectional gender justice activism and organizing across the U.S. and territories.
The Mobilize Power Fund (MPF) is a rapid response fund that resources gender justice organizations met with unanticipated, time-sensitive threats or opportunities in their movement building and organizing. Grants are available for up to $10,000 (or up to $20,000 for partnerships or coalitions of two or more groups) on a monthly basis. The MPF prioritizes youth-led and intergenerational groups, nonprofits, coalitions, and efforts in the U.S., regardless of 501(c)3 status or fiscal sponsorship. See their 2023 deadlines, information on eligibility, and how to apply on the MPF page. Next Deadline to apply June 2, 2023. Para Español, aquí.
Groundswell is one of the largest funders of the Reproductive Justice movement, and a leading funder of intersectional organizing across nearly every major social change movement.
Black Trans Fund: Community Care Grant Application
Launched in 2020, Black Trans Fund (BTF) seeks to change culture by shifting the narrative about Black trans communities towards joy and resilience, and away from violence and despair. The Black Trans Fund (BTF) defines Black trans-led organizations as organizations with a minimum of 75% of leadership and decision-making staff identifying as Black and trans. Applications due June 15th by 12 pm PST/ 3 pm ET. Apply here.
Rapid Response Fund
Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund (RRF) provides fast funding to grassroots organizing groups led by women of color, trans and gender-expansive people of color, and low-income women in critical but unexpected fights to protect and advance reproductive and social justice. They are currently accepting applications here.
Native Voices Rising is a research, donor education, re-granting, and capacity-building collaborative created and led by Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy. Native Voices Rising is designed to support organizing, advocacy and civic engagement in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.
They are currently accepting applications from Native-led groups that have a membership base in the community, work to develop leadership, and take collective action to win progressive social change. Grants range between $20,000 to $40,000. Application due by 11:59 pm PT on July 7, 2023.
Grassroots Exchange Fund (GXF)
A community-guided rapid response small grants program established to build bridges between grassroots social and environmental justice organizations throughout the United States. GXF grants help community-based organizations to engage in collaborative campaigns, strengthen key cross-region and cross-sector movements, and participate in organizing and technical assistance trainings. Typical grants range from $1000-$2000 and beginning in March 2023, GXF grants will be distributed on a monthly rolling cycle through July or until funds are exhausted.
Rapid Response Funding
RISE Together Fund’s 2023 Rapid Response Fund provides a vehicle for deploying resources strategically to address unexpected and urgent needs and key opportunities within the Black, African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (BAMEMSA)* field. RISE Together Fund (RTF), an initiative of the Proteus Fund, works alongside impacted communities to advance their civil rights, fight for full inclusion, and promote their contributions to democracy, culture, and society
RTF will provide Rapid Response grants ranging from $5,000-$20,000 on a rolling basis budget permitting. Learn more and apply here.
Opportunity and Convening Funding
RISE Together Fund’s 2023 Opportunity and Convening Fund provides a vehicle for strategically deploying resources to catalyze emergent programs and strategies within the Black, African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (BAMEMSA)* field, and to foster convenings across communities that achieve strategic goals. Opportunity and Convening Fund grants are designed to fund small-scale projects or discrete portions of larger projects related to proactive legal, advocacy, organizing, and research campaigns.
RTF will accept Opportunity and Convening Fund inquiries on a rolling basis throughout 2023 until funding has been committed.
Get Up Rise Up: Direct Action Fund
The purpose of the Get Up, Rise Up direct action fund is to support activists globally to shift power through strategic nonviolent direct actions to create a more social and ecological just, healthy, and equitable world for all. While doing so the fund also seeks to advance the theories, principles, methods and tactics of strategic nonviolent direct action, building from lessons at the frontlines and adding these to our collective world of social movement wisdom.
Grants range from $250-$1000 and are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit your application by the 5th of the month to be considered for that month.
Founded in 2016, Emergent Fund is a national rapid response fund created to explicitly support Black, Indigenous and People of Color-led (BIPOC) social justice movements. From family separation, to Muslim bans to continued violence against Black communities, Emergent Fund grantees are BIPOC organizers and directly impacted communities responding to the biggest crises of our time by boldly fighting to build the world we all deserve.
As a rapid response fund, they play a unique role in the funding ecosystem; often filling a gap by providing low barrier funding in as little as a week to organizers when they need it most.
Grants are awarded on a rolling basis. Grants decisions are made on a month basis and typically, you will receive an update on the status of your proposal within 4-5 weeks. There is no set grant size, but they have ranged from $10,000 to $30,000.
The Ben and Jerry’s Foundation
The National Grassroots Organizing Program offers two-year flexible, general operating support grants of up to $30,000 per year, with an average grant size of $20,000 per year, to small, non-profit grassroots constituent-led organizations throughout the United States and its territories.
The guiding principle behind this program is our belief that people most affected by a problem are in the best position to determine the solutions. They will consider proposals from grassroots, base-building organizations that are working to help themselves and their communities create broad systems change through community organizing campaigns and movement-building efforts. Organizations must have an annual budget under $350,000. Pre-applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Organizations invited to submit a full proposal will receive a due date.
The Story of Stuff Project established the Grassroots Grants Program in 2017 to support small organizations and groups organizing against water privatization and plastic pollution in the United States. Since they launched, they have supported over 70 grassroots groups with nearly $200,000 in funding. They prioritize BIPOC-led and serving groups focused on water privatization, plastic pollution, and other environmental justice focus areas.
To apply, groups must be led by and serving black, indigenous, and communities of color AND meet one or more of the following requirements:
Grants do not exceed $5,000. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Apply here.
Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People Grants
Led by a committee of Presbyterians and ecumenical partners dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting, and enabling by participating in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people, seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and injustice. Partnerships are initiated by applications to the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) and are evaluated using SDOP’s funding criteria and overarching SDOP program measures.The review process might take up to 6 months. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Momentum is a training institute and community of movement organizers. They offer training and support to hone organizer’s skills in shifting public opinion, developing hundreds of leaders, and mobilizing by the thousands; and are committed to both strengthening existing groups and incubating new movement organizations.
They are currently accepting applications for Momentum 101: An Introduction to Social Movement Organizing for Black Leaders. This training will cover the core tenants of their hybrid organizing model and the social movement history that informs it — as well as providing space for Black leaders across movements to connect and share experiences. Applications due June 2, 2023.
VCW is a team of experienced social justice consultants who support organizations in fully manifesting their missions, visions, and values. They deliver practical and effective solutions to social justice organizations working in policy advocacy, community organizing, art, culture and direct services. In addition to their workshops and facilitation, VCW offers several training programs including an Electoral Safety Training Series and a Transforming Conflict cohort.
They are currently offering the following trainings:
Building our Own: Electoral Safety Training Series
The Building Our Own training series supports progressive electoral organizers to strengthen their community safety practices to prevent and address violence or harm that may impact their organization.
Building Our Own is a two-part training series, one training offered quarterly for three hours, and a second offered as an asynchronous recorded training available to participants for up to one month. The next training is June 6, 2023. Registration ends 24 hours prior to each training.
Get In Formation Training Series (GIFTS)
The Get In Formation Training Series (G.I.F.T.S.) is a chance for organizations to develop and deepen their safety and security infrastructure. Trainings are virtual and at each level of the training series, organizations learn concrete strategies for identifying and addressing potential risks and developing safety structures that are scaled to the organization’s unique capacity, adaptive to changing conditions, and trauma-informed.
Registration is now open for May, June, July. Registration ends 24 hours prior to each training please register by Tuesday at 2pm ET.
Black Futures Lab: Black to The Future Public Policy Institute
Black to the Future Public Policy Institute (the Institute) is a program of the Black to the Future Action Fund. The Institute is a policy advocacy and leadership training fellowship that provides community leaders the tools needed to transform Black communities into constituencies that wield independent, Black political power.
Applicants must apply as part of a team and have a policy idea that they would like to move in one of the following topics: Democracy/Voting Rights, Families/Public Health and Healthcare, Economy/Economic Security, Structural Barriers, and/or Criminal/Legal. Applications due by 8 pm ET on June 20, 2023.
re:power offer training and strategic support to BIPOC leaders and community organizations across the progressive ecosystem, focusing on movements, technology, civic engagement, governance, and women of color leadership.
They are currently taking applications for their Grassroots Organizing School, an 18-week course built to provide BIPOC grassroots organizers with the training and support necessary to develop a baseline of relational organizing skills. Sign up for an informational session, learn more and apply here. Applications due June 30, 2023.
JustFund is the nation’s first—and only—common application grantmaking solution. Rather than requiring organizations to complete dozens of separate and time-consuming grant proposals, JustFund offers a common application model designed to save grantseekers time and help grantmakers with thoughtful decisions.
The Management Center Resources
The Management Center helps leaders for social change build and run more equitable, sustainable, and results-driven organizations. They have gathered a series of resources to support with everything from check-ins, to hiring, managing up and sideways, roles clarification and more.
All workshops are rooted in Training for Change’s Direct Education approach. Trainers center the group, building upon dynamics in the room and participants’ own experience to introduce new content and help the group access their own wisdom. Workshop costs $35.00 – $200.00, sliding scale based on income.
Podcast: Craft of Campaigns
The Nonprofit Learning Lab has free non-profit resources including free webinars, guidebooks, consultants directory and more.
Jaime-Jin Lewis, a freelance facilitator grappling with how (and if) to deliver engaging, participatory online experiences, has designed a set of activities and tools to inspire reflection, collaboration, and growth in online meeting spaces.
Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and LGBTQ / gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. They have created and curated useful curriculum to help guide your political development, these resources include suggestions for making mobilizations and events more accessible and the 10 Principles of Disability Justice.
BLM Instructional Library for Children
List of E-books for children by Black Lives Matters that includes books on activism and advocacy, self-love and empowerment, and Black history.
A resource hub about ending violence. Created by Mariame Kaba and designed by LuDesign Studio, the site includes selected articles, audio-visual resources, curricula, and more.
Tips, tools and how-tos for safer online communications a project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
VIRTUAL THERAPY OPPORTUNITIES
This guide offers a list of the top 50 resources to support Black men who are struggling with addiction or mental illness.
Live Another Day believes in equal access to life-saving mental health and substance use resources. This website provides extensive information on the best resources available.
National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC). This resource includes an interactive digital directory that helps QTBIPOC connect to QTBIPOC mental health practitioners.
Mutual Aid Mourning and Healing Request for Support
A group of Chicago-based organizers is gathering a list of clergy members, death midwives/doulas, therapists, social workers, and healers who can offer support by phone or video conference to community members who had someone close to them pass away. Offerings based upon completion of application.
Black Virtual Therapist Network
BEAM has started an online directory of licensed Black therapists who are certified to provide telemental health services.
Grounding skills to manage stress and remote online therapy sessions available.
TRAININGS, GATHERINGS, AND MORE
Agua y Sangre Healing: BIPOC Healing Circle
Agua y Sangre supports individuals and communities with honoring what has brought them to this point – as well as in creating the space to intentionally imagine (and live) this next chapter of their lives. Let us help hold the space with you.
QTTC (Queer Trans Non-binary Trying to Conceive) Support Group: May 24th, held on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 5 pm PST (6pm MST/7pm CST/8pm EST).
Portal Dreams: Portal Dreams is an invitation back into our bodies, a steady and grounded space to gift our spirits and nervous systems room to breathe and time to rest. It combines a collective reading with a guided meditation, and, time permitting, space to share how we are. Sunday, June 4, 2023, 8:00 pm PT
Rest for Resistance by QTPoC Mental Health empowers community through knowledge and compassion, with the ultimate goals of creating online & offline spaces for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC) to be unapologetically our whole selves. QTPoC Meditation gathers online three times each month for stillness practice, movement practice, and a planning meeting. Sign up on Eventbrite for the Zoom link.
Fireweed Collective offers mental health education and mutual aid through a Healing Justice and Disability Justice lens. We support the emotional wellness of all people and center QTBIPOC folks in our internal leadership, programs, and resources. Fireweed Collective Groups are virtual spaces where folks can connect, and offer mutual aid with others who share similar life experiences and struggles.
Groups run for a month. They meet once a week online for 60 to 90 minutes. All support groups are sliding scale and are facilitated by members of Fireweed Collective.
Immigrants Rising Wellness Gatherings
Immigrants Rising’s virtual Wellness Gatherings help undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to one another. These 6-week Wellness Support Groups led by trained mental health providers or registered clinicians, are designed to help undocumented people feel less alone and more understood. The weekly virtual sessions are closed; meaning that advance registration is required, with the goal of creating a confidential space where 10-12 participants can feel grounded, find community, and share their unique experiences, challenges, and successes with one another. Note: though participation can be therapeutic, the groups are not a form of therapy.Gatherings are always being updated.
RESOURCES, TOOLS & TIPS
Decolonizing Wealth is working to disrupt the existing systems of moving and controlling capital. They offer truth, reconciliation, and healing from the ails of colonization through education, radical reparative giving, and narrative change. These steps are a means to both heal, and translate this healing into action.
Trauma Stewardship’s Tiny Survival Guide + Other Resources
Trauma Stewardship Institute has a wealth of resources to protect your energy and support individuals and organizations through healing and trauma work.
A Holistic Toolkit for Coping With Racial Trauma. Medium article written by Nappy Head Club, a community of healing for the Black and under-represented that explores the reclamation of their Black identity.
44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country
A list of forty-four mental health resources for Black people including people, brands, collectives, and organizations to follow. By Zahra Barnes, Self.
Healthcare access for Undocumented Folks in the Time of COVID19
United We Dream has put together this healthcare access guide for undocumented people listed by state.
Mental Health: How and Where to Find Affordable Resources
Navigating the healthcare system to find mental health care can be difficult. Here are some tools and resources to get started.
List of resources from the Center for Sexual & Traumatic Stress to help deal with anxiety.
Tips for Supporting Someone during Panic Attack
List of how you can support a college or loved one during a panic attack.
Herbal Guide to Collective Protection and Healing During COVID-19 from Plant Stories, Plant stories from Lakota & Dakota territory. This guide includes preventative care and COVID-19 patient care, it is also applicable to various other respiratory illnesses.
State-by-State Youth Voter Turnout Data and the Impact of Election Laws in 2022
Comprehensive research on youth voter turnout in the 2022 midterm elections. This data includes an interactive state by state map.
Building Resilient Organizations: Toward Joy and Durable Power in a Time of Crisis
Maurice Mitchell is a nationally-recognized social movement strategist and organizer for racial, social, and economic justice, as well as the National Director of the Working Families Party. In this article, he unpacks the problems our organizations and movements face, identifies underlying causes and core problems, and proposes concrete solutions. This resource includes an audio version, podcast, and discussion guide and is available in Spanish.
Construyendo Organizaciones Resilientes: Hacia la alegría y el poder duradero en tiempos de crisis
Hay cosas que podemos y debemos hacer para cambiar los movimientos por la justicia hacia una posición poderosa de alegría y victoria. Una metamorfosis de este tipo no es inevitable, pero es esencial.