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Call for COVID-Related Rapid Response Proposals (United States)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted September 27, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on October 19, 2020

To be eligible for rapid response funding, groups must:
1. Be an independent 501(c)(3) or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization;
2. Work authentically with constituencies most impacted by incarceration. The Fund is particularly interested in supporting groups led by individuals most directly impacted by the criminal legal system;
3. Have an explicit, demonstrated commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice that is reflected in the organization’s leadership and staffing and in how it conducts its work;
4. Demonstrate a clear power-building and leadership-development strategy that meaningfully engages directly impacted communities in defining problems, solutions, and actions;
5. Engage in efforts to end cash bail that are connected to a broader decarceration strategy and to advancing a holistic vision of criminal justice transformation that centers community-led models of justice.

Utilize This Offer

The Spark Justice Fund at Borealis Philanthropy invites interested grassroots organizing groups working to end cash bail, transform pretrial justice, and build power in communities most impacted by incarceration to submit proposals for rapid response funding to meet the needs arising out of the current COVID-19 pandemic in jails and communities.

Most grants will be in the range of US$15,000-US$25,000, 

Application deadline: 20 October 2020.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Sep 27, 2020
Sep 27, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Sep 28, 2020
Sep 28, 2020

Thanks, Ana.