Grants

Resist believes in grassroots organizing, creativity, and power.

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For 2024 Resist has made some changes to deepen our impact for our previous and existing Grantees.

2024 Resist Grants & Funding:

The 2024 Grant Cycle application opens January 16th, 2024. The deadline for submission is April 4th, 2024 at midnight EST. Results will be announced on a rolling basis.

Qualifications: You must be a existing or previous grantee of Resist.

Award Amounts: $10,000.00

 

Rapid Response Fund will accept applications weekly and announce decisions with 14 days of business. 

Qualifications: Rapid response is for urgent requests from new and returning grantees for projects including but not limited to events, direct actions, accessibility, mutual aid from 501c3 or fiscally sponsored organizations with Budgets below $150,000. Qualifications remain the same. 

Award Amounts: At-minimum $2,000.00

Eligibility Criteria:

For the 2024 grant cycle year, groups MUST BE a current or returning grantee and aligned with Resist in the following ways:

  • Their work is located within an ecology of social justice organizations. They are aware of how their work fits into a greater whole. Work reflects a clear understanding of purpose and function within movements for social change
  • Have an intersectional / cross-issue analysis
  • Work actively against white and Christian supremacy, capitalism, gender, and sexual oppression, and all forms of patriarchy
  • Are led by those most affected by structural oppression

Resist funds groups that:

Resist.
Groups that organize, base build, engage in direct action, and cultural organizing. Groups organize within communities for structural social and economic change. Groups develop tools for consciousness-raising, including popular education and radical pedagogy development.

Re-imagine.
Groups that actively build new systems that provide alternatives to the ones we’re fighting now. These groups live into transformative justice by creating community-based alternatives to dehumanizing or inaccessible institutions and systems. This work might look like: alternatives to policing, urban gardens, cooperative childcare, etc..

Build Resilience.
Groups that are creating through arts and cultural work and all forms of creative resilience building. Groups that are healing through sacred resistance, sustainability, ritual, bodywork, and other embodied healing for communities engaged in the work of liberation.

 

[Image description: two-column chart; on the left: “ELIGIBLE organizations must: – have an organizational budget under 150k per year, – be based in the US, – be led by those most impacted by intersecting systems of oppression, – be an organization with a 501(c)3 status as determined by the IRS, – be a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency or be sponsored by one of the above”; on the right: “We do not fund: – social service or research projects, – legal defense costs or lawsuit projects not directly connected to a progressive organizing campaign, – material aid campaigns, – individuals, – projects whose primary work is outside of the United States, – capital campaigns, capital projects, or endowments, – organizations with access to traditional sources of funding, – other foundations or grant-giving organizations, – organizations with annual budgets over $150,000.”]

Have questions about your eligibility? Contact Nicki Kattoura – nicki@resist.org

2024 Grant Application Deadline:

The 2024 Grant Cycle application opens January 16th, 2024. The deadline for submission is April 4th, 2024 at midnight EST. Results will be announced on a rolling basis.

Qualifications: You must be a existing or previous grantee of Resist.

Award Amount: $10,000.00

General Support Grants:

General Support Grants are available for up to $4,000 to support groups who are building movements for justice and liberation and resisting systemic oppression through grassroots/cultural organizing, art-making and resilience building.  General support grants are awarded by a panel of previously funded Resist grantees.  Groups are funded based on the strength of their overall application. Awards can be used to best meet your group’s needs. Groups can only be funded once per 12-month period. There is no limit to the number of times a grantee can receive funds. If a group has been fully funded twice in the past five years, they may apply for a multi-year grant.

Multi-year Grants:

Open only to current grantees who meet the above requirements and have been fully funded twice (for General Support and Accessibility) in the past five years. Multi-year funding consists of three years of full funding ($4000), starting with the year the multi-year application is submitted. If you are eligible and would like to apply for a Multi-Year Grant, send us an email so we can provide the access code that you will input into our online application system.

Contact Nicki Kattoura – nicki@resist.org with any questions.

Accessibility Grants:

The revolution will be accessible or it’s no revolution at all. – Mia Mingus, Access is Love

Resist is committed to supporting projects that enable all people to participate in the movement for justice and liberation. Resist will fund the additional costs of making projects or events more accessible to community members with specific accessibility needs. Accessibility grants are awarded up to $4,000.

Accessibility grants are awarded by a panel of previously funded Resist grantees.  Groups are funded based on the strength of their overall application. Awards can be used to best meet your group’s needs. Groups can only be funded once per 12-month period. There is no limit to the number of times a grantee can receive funds. If a group has been fully funded twice in the past five years, they may apply for a multi-year grant.

Rapid Response Grants: 

Rapid Response Fund will accept applications weekly and announce decisions with 14 business days. 

Qualifications: Rapid response is for urgent requests from new and returning grantees for projects including but not limited to events, direct actions, accessibility, mutual aid from 501c3 or fiscally sponsored organizations with Budgets below $150,000. 

Award Amounts: At-minimum $2,000.00

Resist offers Rapid Response Grants for groups and organizations to:

Imagine and Build: for groups seeking financial support with training, consultation, healing, cultural work, conflict resolution, and/or restructuring. Examples include (but are not limited to): developing organizing skills, exploration of new strategies,community-led arts, and culture work, board and staff development, fundraising support, and training, computer, and software training, transformative and strategic planning.

Resist and Respond: for groups seeking to respond to unforeseen and timely political opportunities with organizing and/or cultural interventions. Examples include (but are not limited to) organizing direct action, creative resistance, and travel to protests in response to a call to action.

Apply for a Grant

In order to apply for a Resist grant (all applications must be entered online):

  1. Start the application process for any of our grants here.
  2. You will need to create a user account. You don’t have to submit an application, but in order to browse, read the applications, or submit, you must create an account. It should take less than five minutes.
  3. You will see information about our five grant programs and instructions on how to apply.

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Please follow instructions online for technical support, and for application support, email Nicki at nicki@resist.org.


Thank you for applying and bravely doing the work that you do! We very much look forward to reading your applications.

Best,

Resource Redistribution Team at Resist

Frequently Asked Questions for Resource Redistribution:

We don’t have 501c3 status but do have a fiscal sponsor—can we apply?

Yes.

We don’t have 501c3 status or a fiscal sponsor can we apply?

No. Although we are finalizing a policy that will allow us to give non-501c3 status groups funding we will make that news available when it is ready.

We received funding in the May Cycle, can we apply for the August cycle as well?

You can only receive grants once a year so if you received a grant in May 2022, you are only eligible to apply again for May 2023. However, if you only received a general support grant in May, you can apply for an accessibility grant in August.

What are your eligibility criteria?
Budget under $150,000
Based in the United States
501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship

Are we a good fit for Resist?
Generally speaking our grant panel evaluates applications based on the following four guidelines:

  1. Work is located within an ecology of social justice organizations. Organization is aware of how their work fits into a greater whole
  2. Work reflects a clear understanding of purpose and function within movements for social change
  3. Have an intersectional/cross-issue analysis. Work actively against white and Christian supremacy, capitalism, gender, and sexual oppression, and all forms of patriarchy
  4. Are led by those most affected by structural oppression

We do not fund the following:

  • Social service or research projects
  • Legal defense costs or lawsuit projects not directly connected to a progressive organizing campaign
  • Material aid campaigns
  • Individuals
  • Projects whose primary work is outside the United States
  • Organizations with access to traditional sources of funding
  • Capital campaigns, capital projects, or endowments
  • Other foundations or grant-giving organizations
  • Organizations with annual budgets over $150,000

Can I apply for a grant for an event or a specific program/strategy/campaign?
No, unless it’s specifically tied to accessibility. You are welcome to use General Support funds however you wish, but applications should show the zoom out of the work you do.

Can we get an extension?
This is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If you started the application before the deadline please email nicki@resist.org. If you haven’t started the application once the deadline passed, you are not eligible for an extension.

We’re a new applicant—are we eligible to apply for the multi-year grant?
No. Multi-year grants are only available to organizations that have received funding twice in the last five years with at least one fully-funded grant.

We have received a Resist grant before – are we eligible to apply for the multi-year grant?
Depends. Multi-year grants are only available to organizations that have received funding twice in the last five years with at least one fully-funded grant.

What are the deadlines for grant applications?
Deadline 1: March 3rd, 2023, 6pm EST (Receive funding decision in May 2023)
Deadline 2: June 2nd, 2023, 6pm EST (Receive funding decision in August 2023)
Deadline 3: September 1st, 2023, 6pm EST (Receive funding decision in November 2023) Deadline 4: December 1st, 2023, 6pm EST (Receive funding decision in February 2024)

How many times can we apply for a Rapid Response grant?
As often as needed but if you apply many times in a short amount of time, staff will ask you to apply for the grant cycle instead.

When will we receive funding decisions?
Funding decisions are decided based on what cycle you apply for. i.e. the May cycle receives decisions in May; the November cycle receives decisions in November etc.

When are we getting our check?
E-checks take about 3–7 business days. Please allow 10–14 business days for paper checks.

What is an e-check? Will my bank accept it?
An e-check functions like a regular check. Just print it out and cash it like you would any other check.

Who do we send our report to?
Resist does not require a report. At the end of the day, this is your money and we trust you will use it to bring us closer to liberation. We do, however, want to know the incredible work that you’re doing (if you want to share). Please email nicki@resist.org and avry@resist.org if you want to update us!

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Today’s world was just a vision 50 years ago and we know that strong grassroots communities will always be the core element of democratic progress. Resist is committed to supporting frontline activists building a just and free world for the next half century and beyond. 

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