2017 Community Organizing Grantees Published on August 1, 2017

This year PDF provided more than $150,000 in community organizing grants to the following groups throughout the United States:

350 Seattle (Seattle, WA)
350 Seattle is building a passionate grassroots movement for climate justice. Using tools ranging from policy and advocacy to direct action, they inspire people to fight for the deep and lasting changes necessary to ensure a thriving planet.

Adelante Alabama Worker Center (Birmingham, AL)
Adelante unites day laborers, domestic workers, and other low-wage and immigrant workers and their families in the Birmingham area to defend their rights, promote their dignity, and pursue justice for all.

The Alliance for Appalachia * (Knoxville, TN)
An eight-year-old regional coalition with the goals of ending a devastating form of coal mining called mountaintop removal, putting a halt to destructive coal technologies and supporting a sustainable and just economy in Appalachia.

Border Workers United * (El Paso, TX)
A community-based organization that develops leadership of workers to construct a movement of working families in the Texas borderlands and beyond.

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (Oakland, CA)
CURB is a statewide coalition of 70 grassroots organizations working to reduce incarceration, shrink the size of the prison and jail systems, and shift state and local spending from imprisonment and policing to human services.

Crow Language Consortium (Hardin, MT)
A collective of Crow schools, colleges, and educators that are working to preserve Apsálooke (the Crow language) to ensure they can pass it on to future generations.

Familias Unidas del Chamizal (El Paso, TX)
They organize the Chamizal community to be more autonomous in order to defend the community and work on solving major problems in education, environmental health, housing and establishing a community center.

Fostering Progressive Advocacy Foundation  (New York, NY)
A grassroots advocacy, activist human rights & civil rights organization. They are dedicated to improving foster care, education, health, and well-being of communities of color.

Hempstead Project Heart *(Green Bay, WI)
Their mission is to raise awareness of the benefits of industrial hemp for people and the planet and redevelop thriving hemp economies in America, beginning in tribal communities.

The Montana Racial Equity Project (Bozeman, MT)
They advocate racial equity and justice issues in Montana. Their goal is transformational change in the personal, social, systemic and structural realms.

Native American Educational Technology (Hayward, WI)
NAET’s mission is to remember and share the wisdom, culture and traditional ways of the past generations with the youth and current generation for the sake of preserving and protecting the Native American culture and natural environment.

North Carolina Congress of Latino Organizations (Durham, NC)
NCCLO is a dynamic statewide, nonpartisan, broad-based network made up of grassroots Latino organizations, whose mission is to build relational power, hold decision makers accountable, and ultimately address the root causes of the problems impacting Latinos in North Carolina.

Out Now (Springfield, MA)
A youth led, adult advised, queer youth organization that works to promote, harm reduction, self-determination, and community building through anti-oppression organizing.

Philly Thrive* (Philadelphia, PA)
A multi-racial, cross-class community organization that is fighting for their right to breathe from the largest oil refinery on the east coast.

Pioneer Valley Workers Center (Northampton, MA)
PVWC builds power among low-wage, and immigrant workers in Western Massachusetts. Through innovative worker-led organizing and alliance-building, the Center wins real change in the lives of working families and our communities.

SEPA Mujer, Inc. (Islandia, NY)
SEPA Mujer stands up for the well-being and full development of Latina immigrant women on Long Island. Their mission is to raise and unite the voices of Latinas to be heard by and contribute to the social, governmental and political systems in which they live.

Springfield No One Leaves (Springfield, MA)
As a grassroots member-led organization, SNOL’s mission is to organize residents most directly impacted by the housing crisis and economic inequality to build collective power, defend against displacement, and win long-term community ownership and control over land and housing.

Tennessee Alliance for Progress (Nashville, TN)
TAP enables people to participate in building a prosperous, just and sustainable Tennessee. They engage in capacity building, leadership development and education, and fostering active solidarity.

Tree of Life (Old Lyme, CT)
TOL was established to provide cross-cultural and transnational travel experiences, interfaith conferences and educational opportunities to help participants to become more enlightened and more engaged in making this a more just and peaceful world in which to live.

The Welcome Project (Somerville, MA)
TWP builds the collective power of Somerville immigrants to participate in and shape community decisions. They do this through programs that strengthen the capacity of immigrant youth, adults, and families to advocate for themselves and influence schools, government, and other institutions.

Virginia Student Environmental Coalition* (Mechanicsville, VA)
VSEC is devoted to unifying students across Virginia to create a network for advocacy, education, and action around environmental justice issues.

*These organizations are also part of PDF’s capacity building program, The Sustainability Project.

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