CRITERIA FOR FUNDING

There are two types of efforts we support, which distinguish an Emergent Fund grant from thousands other worthy projects and organizations:

  • Efforts that support emergent strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions. This includes resisting new or amplified threats and building power to move a proactive agenda.

  • Efforts seeking long-term social justice and economic justice in a political and social climate that seeks to dismantle such efforts.

Additional considerations:

  • Emergent work: New solutions responding to rapidly changing conditions in the current political environment

  • Visionary and Power Building: Seeks transformational systemic changes rooted in social and economic justice. Develops community power through organizing and/or leadership development (including through new tools), direct action, and/or cultural work

  • Leadership from affected communities

  • Intersectional Analysis: Engages multiple identities and multi-racial alliance building as core to theory of change

  • Endorsed: Recommended by a member of the Nominations Network

  • Right size of need: The level of Emergent Fund support is appropriate to the work

Proposals can be ideas, collaborations, campaigns, or organizations, whether or not they are fully formed; don't worry about your notes being perfect or comprehensive. All notes from your application will be shared with our Advisory Council for review.

 

    HOW TO APPLY

    The Emergent Fund is now accepting applications via the JustFund Portal, a new digital platform established by Solidaire Network and other funders to help connect social justice funders, foundations, and funds directly with grassroots organizations and urgent projects. 

    1. Go to justfund.us and click Register as an Organization to create an account on the site. You will receive an email confirming your registration within 24 hours with a username and temporary password, which you can change upon logging in under "Settings."

    2. Once you’ve received your login information, sign in at justfund.us.

    3. Click Create a New Proposal Draft to begin your application. You may save your proposal and continue to edit it at your leisure.

    4. Once you are ready to submit your proposal, click Submit. Make sure to select Emergent Fund so that we know to review your proposal.

    If you have an existing proposal on the JustFund portal that you would like to submit to the Emergent Fund, simply log in at justfund.us, make any edits you would like, and click Submit. Make sure to select Emergent Fund so that we know to review your proposal.  

    Once submitted, you will see that your proposal is Live. This means that your proposal has been submitted to Emergent Fund and that it is also visible to other funders who are using the JustFund portal. It is possible you may receive funding from other sources before we determine our grantees each funding cycle. In addition, if you receive an Emergent Fund grant, our endorsement may be leveraged to help you secure additional funding.

    Questions:

    • If you have questions about how to register or use the JustFund portal, please email us at info@justfund.us.

    • For questions specific to the Emergent Fund application process, please email us at info@emergentfund.net.