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Groundswell Fund Announces 2014 Grantees
Groundswell Fund awarded more than $2 million in grants to 48 organizations across the U.S. for their work in 2014 and will provide an additional $870,000 in capacity-building support to a sub-set of grantees this year. The docket summary includes all grants made through Groundswell’s three funds -- the Catalyst Fund, the Reproductive Justice Fund, and the Community Midwifery Fund – and highlights the depth and scope of U.S. reproductive justice organizing and advocacy. It provides descriptions of all grantee organizations and of their most recent reproductive justice wins. All three funds advance Groundswell’s core mission: supporting a stronger, more effective U.S. movement for reproductive justice by mobilizing new funding and capacity-building resources to grassroots organizing and policy change efforts led by low-income women, women of color, and transgender people.
In 2013, Groundswell grantees played leading roles in the fight for Medicaid expansion, and woman and LGBT-friendly implementation of the Affordable Care Act, particularly at the state level. They also helped pass the only state-level bill that expanded abortion access with the passage of a new California law that permits midwives, physician assistants and other providers to perform first trimester abortions. They defeated a proposed municipal ban on abortion after 20 weeks in Albuquerque, and helped pass comprehensive sexuality education in Illinois, among other victories.
Ten grantees are also part of Groundswell’s Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) program. IVE is an innovative new approach to grassroots power building now being used by many leading grassroots organizing groups in the U.S. It blends community organizing and voter engagement in an ongoing, sustained way to boost the scale and power of grassroots organizations to win systems change. Groundswell’s IVE program makes cutting edge IVE tools, technologies, and coaching available to reproductive justice organizations, supporting the critical leadership of women and women of color in this growing field.
To learn more about Groundswell’s 2014 grantees, click here for the full docket summary.