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Grassroots Action Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits in New York City and the Hudson
Valley to Promote Social Justice for Marginalized Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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North Star Fund

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Deadline Date:

09/13/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of $10,000, $15,000, or $20,000 to New York nonprofits for social justice activism through community organizing and campaigns in New York City and Hudson Valley. Funding is intended to build leadership and grassroots activism in marginalized communities. Strong preference will be given to organizations that have less access to foundation funders, capacity building, or training opportunities; or that lack "back office" administrative and/or fundraising support from a host organization or fiscal sponsor.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151316

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are awarded in amounts of $10,000, $15,000, and $20,000.

The Community Funding Committee determines how much to award based on the organization’s fit within the funding criteria and priorities. There is no need to apply for a specific amount when you submit your application. In 2017-2018, nearly all the Grassroots Action grants were $10,000 awards.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations funded by North Star Fund meet the following criteria:

Geographic: Work is conducted in one of the five boroughs of New York City, or in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Columbia, Greene, Delaware, Rensselaer, Albany and Schoharie counties. Grantees must be located either in NYC or within at least one of these counties, but do not need to work in all the listed locations. Local chapters of statewide or national organizations may apply.

Nonprofit Status: The organization has 501(c)(3) charitable status or a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status. Organizations that do not yet have 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor may apply, but must secure a fiscal sponsor before receiving a grant.

The organization may not have received a grant from North Star Fund for at least eight months (excluding Rapid Response grants, Special Initiative grants, or donor-advised grants).

North Star Fund welcomes applications from current grantees for up to six continuous years. After six years, grantees are asked to take a one-year break before re-applying. Grantees are eligible to re-apply after this one-year break provided that they have secured funding sources in addition to North Star Fund’s support. An exception is made if an applicant applies to a different grant category and is successful (e.g. a current Grassroots Action grantee seeking a Movement Leadership grant).

North Star Fund will consider Grassroots Action applications from organizations that meet all of the following three requirements.
1. Annual budget that falls under $800,000. This may include:
- Organizations that have an annual budget under $800,000
- Organizing projects of larger entities, such as direct services or legal services providers, that have an annual budget under $800,000, or
- Hybrid community organizing and direct service organizations whose organizing expenses falls under $800,000
2. More than six years old
3. Can demonstrate a track record of success in community organizing
4. Work is based in the five boroughs of New York City.

Not Funded:
-Direct service organizations, i.e. food pantries, soup kitchens
-Grants to individuals, i.e. fellowships
-Private or public schools, colleges, and universities
-Hospitals and clinics
-International organizations
-Travel expenses for individual speakers or conference participants
-Activities to elect specific candidates for public office
-Fundraising events such as galas and walk-a-thons
-Feasibility studies, capital fund drives
-Organizations that do not comply with federal, state, or local equal opportunity statutes

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Webinar: How to Apply for North Star Fund Grants:

August 22 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration is required.

Webinar website:

For more information contact Catherine Eusebio.

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline is Friday, September 13, 2019, at 5:00 PM.

Application decisions will be announced about three months after the application deadline.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

Catherine Eusebio, NYC Program Officer

In the Hudson Valley:
Mayra Hidalgo Salazar, Hudson Valley Program Director

North Star Fund
520 Eight Avenue, Suite 2203
New York, NY 10018

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Columbia, Greene, Delaware, Rensselaer, Albany and Schoharie Counties