DescriptionThe Fund supports groups of people who unite to organize their community, build power, and challenge the social, economic, or political conditions that bar their participation in a democratic society. The Fund's Core Grants Program provides general operating support to groups engaged in community organizing. Grants will be awarded to support community organizing 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; and are democratically run and consist of a dues paying membership base. In addition, eligible organizations must have a process for 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. The program supports community organizations within an eight-state region that includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Additional information including application instructions can be found on the Web site.
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