The Peace Development Fund believes that the change in values needed to establish a more just and peaceful world can come about only if it is strongly rooted in local communities that value the importance of building movements to create systemic social change.
The Fund’s Community Organizing Grants provide support to community-based organizations in the United States, Haiti, and Mexico that are working for social justice. The funding priorities include organizing to shift power, working to build a movement, dismantling oppression, and creating new structures. Priority is given to new or emerging organizations, efforts that have difficulty securing funds from other sources, community organizations working on climate change issues at the local policy level, groups that have a genesis in Occupy or Movement for Black Lives, collaborative peace initiatives led by women, or issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders.
Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000. Applying organizations must have an annual budget of $250,000 or less. The application form will be available December 1, 2017, and the application deadline is January 12, 2018.