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Hudson Valley Organizing Grants

Grants to New York Grassroots Nonprofits
in Eligible Regions for Capacity Building Efforts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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North Star Fund

Conf. Date:

02/25/20

Deadline Date:

03/13/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 to New York nonprofit grassroots groups in eligible regions for capacity building efforts. Funding is intended to support structural change and to build power in the face of racism, discrimination, misogyny, and religious oppression. Grants support projects led by low-income individuals and people of color, which build the leadership and self-reliance of directly impacted communities. Eligible organizations are located in and serve Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Columbia, Greene, Delaware, Rensselaer, Albany, and Schoharie counties.

North Star Fund believes that organized communities are best placed to survive, adapt, and thrive in the face of crisis and ultimately transform conditions of oppression. The Fund is looking for organizations:

  • That are led by the people most directly impacted by the issues the organization works on, and those members have clear decision making power.
  • That bring people together and develop the leadership capacity of the people they work with.
  • That identify, articulate, and address the roote cause of the problems they work on, not just the symptoms.
  • That create systemic change through "campaigns," a planned series of events or activities that alter unjust power relationship.
  • That have a strong vision for social justice and are committed to working toward a larger movement.

For additional information regarding criteria, see: https://northstarfund.org/apply/criteria/

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188190

Estimated Size of Grant:

$10,000 or $15,000. There is no need to apply for a specific amount when you submit your application.

Term of Contract:

Organizations that apply for a Hudson Valley Organizing grant may be considered for a multi-year grant. No additional application materials are required for multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations have 501(c)(3) charitable status or a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status. Organizations that do not yet have 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor may apply, but must secure a fiscal sponsor before receiving a grant.

The organization:
- Is led by the people most directly impacted by the issues the organization works on, and those members have clear decision-making power
- Brings people together and develops the leadership capacity of the people they work with
- Works to identify, articulate and address the root causes of the problems they work on, not just the symptoms
- Creates systemic change through campaigns, a planned series of events or activities that alter unjust power relationships
- Has a strong vision for social justice and is committed to working towards a larger movement.

Special consideration will be given to organizations that:
- Have less access to foundation funders, capacity building or training opportunities
- Lack “back office” administrative and/or fundraising support from a host organization or fiscal sponsor
- Are less than six years old.

In addition to the criteria listed above, North Star Fund will consider Hudson Valley Organizing applications from organizations that meet all of the following requirements:
- A Hudson Valley organizing budget under $800,000
- Can demonstrate some elements of community organizing
- Groups organizing in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Columbia, Greene, Delaware, Rensselaer, Albany, and Schoharie counties. Grantees must be within these counties on the map, but do not need to cover all counties.

For additional eligibility information and for information regarding ineligible organizations, see: https://northstarfund.org/apply/check-your-eligibility/

North Star funds a limited number of organizations that do not use community organizing as their primary strategy, but support the ecosystem of grassroots organizing groups.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information webinar regarding how to apply for North Star Fund Grants will take place on February 25, 2020, at 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

For additional information: https://northstarfund.org/events/category/how-to-apply-events/

Registration is required: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJEtdeGuqjoofnUJeV9VY_VbmJQ9ShC3Qw

Pre-Application Information:

The next application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020, at 5:00 PM.

Applicants will be notified about site visits about one month after the application deadline. Some, but not all organizations, will be invited to meet with members of the Community Funding Committee.

Application decisions will be announced about three months after the application deadline.

Additional information: https://northstarfund.org/apply/we-fund-community-organizing/

FAQ: https://northstarfund.org/apply/frequently-asked-questions-about-grants/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://northstarfund.submittable.com/submit

Direct questions to:
Cori Schmanke Parrish, Deputy Director
cori@northstarfund.org
(212) 620-9110

Mayra Hidalgo Salazar, Hudson Valley Program Director
mayra@northstarfund.org

North Star Fund
520 Eight Avenue, Suite 1800
New York NY 10018
info@northstartfund.org

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USA: New York: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Columbia, Greene, Delaware, Rensselaer, Albany, and Schoharie counties

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