Black Youth Project 100 Education Fund
Proposals are by invitation only
A joint project of Groundswell Fund and Groundswell Action Fund, the Liberation Fund supports the strongest grassroots organizing efforts led by women of color and transgender people of color across social justice sectors.
In the wake of a game-changing election, Groundswell started the Liberation Fund to support the strongest grassroots organizing efforts led by women of color and transgender people of color across social justice sectors.
In 2021, our portfolio of 13 leading organizations received $1.1 Million in funding.
Groundswell Fund and Groundswell Action Fund are organizations with unique strategies.
501(c)3 organizations must be completely non-partisan and cannot support candidates. These organizations can give donors a tax exemption.
501(c)4 organizations that cannot offer donors a tax exemption for donations but can do unlimited lobbying and direct candidate support.
The Liberation Fund was launched in 2017 to support racial and gender justice organizations led by women of color and transgender and gender expansive people of color (TGE).
A team of 14 of the most respected, impactful women of color leaders across social justice sectors advises and supports the fund, including high-profile thought leaders such as Alicia Garza of Black Futures Lab, Isa Noyola of Mijente, and Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
All are returning grantees. No new grantees were added in 2021.
In 2020 the Liberation Fund awarded $1.1 million to 13 organizations recommended by the Liberation Fund advisors. In the coming years, the LF hopes to move $1.5M annually.
Our grantee organizations fought against the prison and immigration industrial complex; pushed back against gentrification, defending community members’ homes from developers and corporate giants like Amazon; fought for the dignity and livelihood of TGE people; and for environmental justice.
Advisors also offered feedback to help shape Groundswell’s 2020-2025 Blueprint.
Grantees must meet a high bar to be considered for funding, and will be assessed for their strength in some of the following areas: