As we face an onslaught of local and national attacks on women of color and trans people of color, lack of access to a funding mechanism that can deploy resources quickly has cost women of color and trans people of color activists and organizations in the United States countless policy setbacks and missed opportunities for base-building.
In response, we launched a Rapid Response Fund in January 2016. Dedicated to moving resources quickly and strategically, the fund seeks to meet unforeseen needs and opportunities in the struggle to advance and defend social and reproductive justice organizing by women of color and trans people of color.
Grant requests may range from $5,000 to $30,000. On rare occasions, Groundswell may consider requests of up to $50,000, but only on a case-by-case basis. For requests above $30,000, please discuss the amount of the request with Groundswell staff before submitting an application.
Organizations are encouraged to email Cecilia Sáenz Becerra , Program Officer at email@example.com to schedule an intake phone call about your rapid response request. During the call, you should be prepared to answer questions about your request, organization, and budget. If applying for funding for a coalition or collaboration, please ensure that the person who does your intake call is prepared to answer questions about all the organizations involved in the project. You can have more than one person on the call.
As an alternative to an intake call, you can download the application here.
However, we recommend that prior to submitting a written application, you send a brief e-mail inquiry to Cecilia Sáenz Becerra, Program Officer to ensure that your request falls within the Fund’s criteria. To submit an inquiry by e-mail, you can use the button on the left side of this page, or send a brief e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. To reach Groundswell by phone, please call 510.444.5900 x 114.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis as they are submitted and decisions are made between 2 – 3 weeks of submission of a completed application. Before grants are approved, they are reviewed by Groundswell Fund staff members, who seek input from trusted stakeholders familiar with the region or issue. Final decisions are made by Groundswell Fund’s Rapid Response Fund Grants Advisory Committee.