Midwest Community Organizing Grants

Subject: Community, Community Organizing, Social Change, Social Justice
Deadline: June 30, 2019

“Needmor’s Core Grants Program provides general operating support to groups engaged in the work of community organizing. Grantees funded through this program are eligible to receive funding for up to three years, after which an organization may not apply for at least two years. The Fund’s Core Grants Program will focus on supporting community organizing in the Midwest – specifically an eight state region that includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

While Needmor embraces the opportunity to fund emerging organizations, our commitment remains to funding strong, effective community organizing. We thus seek to support groups that:

  • Organize primarily low- and moderate-income people, as evidenced by demographic/statistical data indicating social and economic distress.
  • Have a multi-issue agenda that reflects an intersectional approach to addressing issues associated with race, economic justice and equality.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to long-term base building and effectively link issue work to building organizational power.
  • Are democratically run and consist of a dues-paying membership base, with deep member engagement and a process for both developing and regenerating a strong cadre of leaders over time.
  • Have developed a power analysis and a clearly defined plan for challenging/altering the dynamics of power within their communities.
  • Engage in direct action and have demonstrated the ability to win concrete victories of increasingly larger scale.
  • Have a vision to continually build and aggregate power, enabling them to take on bigger policy issues and expand its base of allies to increase its impact over time.
  • Are well managed, engage in strategic planning, and have a sound budget and diversified fundraising plan.”

Funder: The Needmor Fund
Eligibility: Unspecified
Amount: Unspecified
Contact: Link. 

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