Apply NOW for Solidaire Movement R&D Fund

Updated: Dec 4, 2018

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Solidaire just opened the survey of eligibility for their Movement R&D Fund. The survey is supposed to allow greater opportunity to those whose work most aligns with the grants criteria and priorities. Potential applicants should complete the survey between July 23rd and August 8th. Click here to complete.

After completing the survey, those who are eligible will receive a request for proposal and an invitation to submit an application on August 9th. Applications will be accepted from August 9th to September 10th.

I will add additional information about this fund below. Please direct questions to Solidaire’s program director, Janis at Best of luck!

We are excited to open the 2018 Movement R&D Fund Cycle!
As you prepare to complete the eligibility survey, please keep in mind that the Movement R&D Fund this cycle will focus on supporting work in the following areas:

• Immigrant Justice

• Justice for Muslim Communities

• Black and Native Land Justice: Reclaiming Ties and Relationship to Land

• Making Movements More Strategic and Imaginative

While all groups that meet the general eligibility criteria may apply if they are doing truly bold and innovative work, we will give particular focus to efforts that fall within these priorities. For more information on the kinds of innovative and bold work the Movement R&D Fund is looking to support this cycle, please see more detailed explanations of the criteria and priorities below.

Our grant-making committee this cycle will once again be made up of Solidaire members and movement leaders whose organizations have received a grant in past cycle. We are thrilled to announce this year’s committee members:

• Allen Kwabena Frimpong, Movement Net Lab

• Brooke Lehman, Solidaire member

• Laura Flynn, Solidaire member

• Maggie Heraty, Solidaire member

• Marlena Sonn, Solidaire member

• Monique Verdin, United Huma Nation Tribal Council / Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative

• Representative from Native Organizers Alliance

• Richard Graves, Solidaire member

• Soffiyah Elijah, Alliance of Families for Justice

• Yasmin Yonis, Movement Net Lab

Movement R&D Basic Eligibility Criteria

Focused on Organizing for Change

Must be rooted in, emerging from, or in direct relationship to organizing efforts – i.e. building leaders and people power in pursuit of transformative structural change.

Leadership from Marginalized Communities

Must include the leadership of communities most impacted by injustice, including but not limited to: people of color, Indigenous peoples, migrants, Muslims, low income people, women, youth, queer, trans, or gender nonconforming people, and people with disabilities.

Bold New Ideas or Experiments

The Movement R&D Fund seeks to support new attempts to explore solutions or problems that face movements – which could come from either existing or new organizations, leaders, or projects. The Movement R&D Grant is not intended to support the general operations of organizations.

Wide Impact

Projects should have an eye towards movement-wide impact. This could mean projects are potentially replicable and the learnings will be shared, or it could mean that the project is an attempt to organize at a massive scale. We are looking for big potential to advance entire fields of work.

Has Not Received a Movement R&D Grant in the Last Two Years

Only applicants who have not received a grant from the Movement R&D Fund in the last two years will be considered.

2018 Movement R&D Fund Priorities

Immigrant Justice

We affirm the urgent needs currently facing immigrant communities around the nation. We see the current levels of mass criminalization, detention and deportation of migrants as being part of a long history of xenophobia and racialized immigration policy and practice in the United States. The Movement R&D Fund seeks proposals that reflect innovative, bold and experimental immigrant justice organizing that is working to resist the root causes of migrant criminalization.

Justice for Muslim Communities

We know that Muslim communities face ever-increasing violent and normalized structural and institutional Islamophobia that includes mass surveillance, the Muslim Ban, hate crimes, the carceral state, and the erosion of civil and human rights. The Movement R&D fund seeks proposals that foster innovative Muslim community power-building to resist state violence especially by those in the margins who push forward an intersectional lens in their work.

Black and Native Land Justice: Reclaiming Ties and Relationship to Land

It is critical for us to change the way our society envisions land, ownership, housing rights, and sanctuary. From unjust borders to rapid gentrification across U.S. cities to the promise of 40 acres and a mule to the stealing of Native land, our movements and lives are tied together by the basic human right to home, safety, community, and things that physically and spiritually tie us to place. As members of the family of living creatures on this earth, we also have the responsibility of caring for the land, providing a healthy home for all, and producing sustenance for ourselves. The Movement R&D Fund seeks proposals that aim to reclaim, repair, or reimagine our ties to land and boldly move the needle towards Native sovereignty, reparations, affordable housing, sanctuary, environmental justice, cooperatives, and community ownership of land.

Making Movements More Strategic and Imaginative

Every movement moment presents new challenges and learning opportunities. New and long-time organizers are adapting, experimenting, and thinking in new ways about how to organize, mobilize, and win. The Movement R&D Fund seeks proposals that show the potential to train and support leaders from across movements to expand their imaginations, strategize in new ways, and apply new organizing tactics to their work.


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