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Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to Promote Social Justice, Racial Equity, and Environmental Justice

National Grassroots Organizing Program


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Funding Source
Ben and Jerry's Foundation
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/09/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $30,000 per year to USA and territories nonprofit grassroots organizations working to promote social justice, racial equity, and environmental justice in eligible locations. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to applying. Priority will be given to organizations led by and serving BIPOC communities. Funding is intended to support small constituent-led organizations throughout the United States and its territories that are not located in the state of Vermont.

The guiding principle behind this program is the belief that people most affected by a problem are in the best position to determine the solutions. The Foundation 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.

The Foundation prioritizes organizations that are led by and center the leadership and agency of Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color that approach their work using anti-oppression values – consciously striving to dismantle systems of oppression and the legacies of white supremacy culture in this country while working toward a more just and equitable society.

The Foundation defines grassroots organizing as building people power to confront entrenched power. It involves collective action from the bottom up. It challenges the status quo, demands changes in policy and practice, educates communities about root causes of their problems, and advocates and agitates for systemic and just solutions. True progressive change occurs only when underlying, systemic forces are understood and addressed. The Foundation firmly believes that grassroots, constituent-led organizing is among the most effective means to create social change.

While the Foundation's broad goals are to further racial equity, social justice, and environmental justice, the Foundation's primary purpose is to support the grassroots organizing strategies and activities of grant partners, rather than any specific issues the organizations are addressing.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Small, non-profit grassroots constituent-led organizations throughout the United States and its territories and that are not located in the state of Vermont are eligible.

To be considered for funding, each applicant organization must have:
- An annual operating budget under $350,000
- Grassroots, base-building organizing as the primary strategy for creating social change
- Non-profit 501(c)3 status, or a fiscal agent with this status
- Be U.S.-based and U.S.-focused

Not Eligible for Funding:
- Direct service organizations, i.e. food pantries, job training programs
- Internationally oriented programs
- Organizations with annual budget over $350,000
- Discretionary or emergency support
- Donations or sponsorships
- Public or private schools, colleges or universities
- Activities to elect specific candidates for public office
- Individuals, fellowships or scholarship programs
- Research, litigation or legal expenses
- Capital or endowment campaigns
- State agencies or government programs
- Businesses or business associations
- Religious activities
- Arts or Media programs that are not linked to a clear grassroots organizing campaign
- Other foundations or regranting organizations
- Organizations based in Vermont should apply under our Vermont grant programs

Pre-Application Information
Pre-Applications will be accepted through Friday June 9th, 2023 at 5pm E.T.
Due to high demand, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation funding allocation for New Applications has reached capacity for 2023.

Application Process:
1. Take the Eligibility Questionnaire at
2. Create an account or log in to your existing account on the online grants system.
3. Complete the Pre-Application
4. Complete Application
When invited, a specific deadline is indicated in the invitation email.

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $30,000 per year, with an average grant size of $20,000 per year.

Term of Contract
The National Grassroots Organizing Program offers two-year grants.

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