Community Organizing Grants Program

The Community Organizing Grants program contains PDF’s annual grantmaking docket and the De Colores Rapid Response Fund. Any organization that fits PDF’s guidelines is eligible to apply for a grant. Currently PDF only funds organizations in the United States, Haiti and Mexico through the Community Organizing Grants docket.

Each year PDF receives hundreds of proposals from grassroots community organizations seeking funding. Through a careful review and interview process, PDF selects those organizations that will have a significant impact in their geographic and social justice focus area, or are working on issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders.

PDF’s Community Organizing Grant cycle will open December 1, 2019.

Applications can be made through our online application only, which you can link to from this page beginning December 1st.  Applications will be due December 30, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. EST. If your application is accepted into our final round, we will notify you by the end of February, and supplemental information plus references will be due by March 13th. Final grant decisions are made by the end of April. The average grant is $5,000.

Interested in applying? Get a head start by reading our last cycle’s Grant Guidelines.

What We Fund:

  • Organizing to Shift Power
  • Working to Build a Movement
  • Dismantling Oppression
  • Creating New Structures

Other Funding Priorities:

  • New or emerging organizations; efforts that have difficulty securing funds from other sources; community organizations working on climate change issues at the local policy level; groups that have a genesis in Occupy, MeToo or Movement for Black Lives; collaborative peace initiatives led by women; or issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders.

What We Do Not Fund:

  • Programs with a primary geographic focus outside of the United States, U.S. Territories, Mexico and Haiti.  If an organization is U.S.-based but works mostly outside of these areas, it should consider filling out an LOI for a Donor Advised Fund grant, which are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Organizations not directly engaged in community organizing.
  • Social services that are not linked to a clear organizing strategy.
  • Individuals, or organizations with strong leadership from only one individual.
  • Conferences, trainings, and other one-time events.
  • Audio-visual productions and distribution – TV, radio, publications, films, etc. (PDF does fund media work or audio-visual production as part of the general expenses of groups engaged in grassroots organizing).
  • Research that is not directly linked to an organizing strategy (PDF does fund research as part of the general expenses of groups engaged in grassroots organizing).
  • Academic institutions and scholarships.
  • Other grantmaking organizations (unless they are your fiscal sponsor).
  • Organizations with budgets larger than $250,000.
  • Lobbying activities.