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Funding for Grassroots Social Justice Organizations in Western MA

The Markham Nathan Fund for Social Justice announces twice-yearly grant application deadlines to apply for social justice grants in 2018. The two deadlines are now March 15 and September 15. Only one grant per year per organization will be awarded. The maximum amount per grant is $3000.00. Please apply!


The Markham Nathan Fund for Social Justice awards emergency grants of up to $500 once a year.

Emergency grants are:

– a. For needs that cannot wait for next granting cycle.

– b. Only for organizations that have otherwise met granting cycle

-c. Realizable goal with the amount of money of the emergency grant. Show other funding if you have it. – d. Limit of $500. – once a year.

– e. You may request an emergency grant if you are a new application, or if you’ve already received a grant in the previous cycle

Granting Guidelines

The Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice provides awards between $500 and $3000 to social activist projects in Western Massachusetts. We are particularly interested in projects and organizations that:

  • are sponsored by grassroots community organizations on the frontiers of fighting the root causes of injustice and poverty
  • promote local leadership within marginalized communities
  • have limited access to resources (annual budget not exceeding $175,000)
  • use multiple approaches (ex: public education, organizing, litigation)
  • have an understanding of oppression and social justice, and demonstrate active alliance with other groups working for social justice (i.e., an environmental organization that understands how economic injustice and racism play a role in health, climate change, etc.)
  • can build community through:
    • social justice and empowerment of groups most affected by oppression
    • economic justice and the rights and dignity of workers and the poor
    • the struggle for civil rights for those legally disenfranchised, such as immigrants and prisoners
    • environmental justice and addressing the link between a just society and a sustainable world
    • the elimination of war and other forms of violence and a goal of promoting conflict-resolution, reconciliation and peace-building
    • the establishment of quality healthcare for all, especially the poor and uninsured

The Fund Supports:

  • Organizations with direct grassroots involvement
  • Projects that are based in Western Massachusetts.
  • Groups that are tax-exempt under the IRS 501c3 code, or are fiscally sponsored as such.

The Fund cannot support individuals.

Application Outline

2019 Spring granting cycle applications are due by March 15, 2019 and Fall granting cycle due by September 15, 2019.

Please use the following format to create a proposal. The application cannot exceed three pages (excluding cover sheet), and supplementary materials cannot exceed two pages.

Post date: Mar 13 2019 - 11:13am
Deadline: Sep 15 2019
Program Interest: Justice rights

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