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Funding for Groups to Promote Racial and Economic Justice (Pennsylvania)


The Racial & Economic Justice Fund provides grants to groups that use community organizing to promote racial and economic justice at the local, state, national, or international levels.

Donor Name: Bread & Roses Community Fund

State: Pennsylvania

County: Philadelphia County/city (PA), Bucks County (PA), Chester County (PA), Delaware County (PA), Montgomery County (PA), Camden County

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/01/2022

Size of the Grant: $10,000


For groups applying to this Fund, racial and economic justice must be central to their vision, to their understanding of the issue they seek to address, and to their strategy for social change.

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund has supported a wide range of organizations.

Award Size

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund makes $10,000 grants.


The Racial & Economic Justice Fund makes grants to groups that:

  • Meet all basic eligibility criteria
    • Organizations must meet all of the following basic requirements to be eligible for a grant from Bread & Roses:
      • Must be located in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Camden counties
      • Must be designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization or have a fiscal sponsor that is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization or have documentation of a pending 501(c)3 application with the IRS
      • Must be current with all progress reports from previously awarded Bread & Roses grants
      • Must submit a complete application prior to the deadline (because of the volume of applications we receive, we cannot make exceptions)
      • Must be using community organizing to create sustainable social change
    • Bread & Roses makes grants to organizations that have a long-term vision for social justice and engage in strategies that promote sustainable social change, including:
      • A focus on community organizing and activism (not social service, self-help, or educational programs)
      • A clear understanding of the root causes of the problem or issue that they are working to resolve
      • A vision that emphasizes changing the systems that create or perpetuate the problem or issue being addressed
      • A strategy that includes building a local base for taking collective action by the community affected by the problem or issue and results in concrete outcomes at the neighborhood, city, state or national level
      • Leadership that is primarily composed of people most affected by the problem or issue that is being addressed
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Groups cannot receive grants from both the Racial & Economic Justice Fund and the Future Fund during the same year.

For more information, visit Racial & Economic Justice Fund.

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