PDF AWARDS $80,000 TO GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS NATIONALLY AND LOCALLY Published on June 11, 2024

Amherst, MA- The Peace Development Fund (PDF) announced grant awards through their Seeding the Movement Fund to 19 social justice organizations in every region of the United States, as well as Haiti and Mexico.  Each organization received grants of varying amounts for a total of $80,000 granted this spring.  The national Seeding the Movement Fund (SMF) grants support grassroots social justice organizing. Grantees included a Detroit-based organization, the Wisdom Institute. 

“The Wisdom Institute, formed in 1999 as Sister-2-Sister, has evolved from a college campus program to include the wider community. Funding from PDF allows us to offer workshops and gatherings that elevate awareness of the root causes of oppression that impact African American womxn and girls,” shared Cicely Allen, Board President, Wisdom Institute 

Several of this year’s grants are renewals, reflecting PDF’s commitment to investing in the ongoing work of transformative grassroots organizing.  The grant award decisions are made by the Peace Development Fund’s volunteer board of directors, leveraging their community experience with marginalized communities. 

PDF granted to organizations working on a range of issues including environmental justice, economic inequity and labor rights, racial justice and Indigenous rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and women’s issues. The largest concentration this year was around racial justice followed by environmental justice and climate.   

“PDF grants are often the seed grants for organizations, serving as a catalyst for additional support.  This year we prioritized groups working in states working on critical issues emerging this election year,” commented Jessa McCormack, Program Manager. 

2024 Seeding the Movement Fund Grant Recipients:   

  • Education Council Consortium Inc., New York City, NY 
  • Hollister Guardians Hollister, CA 
  • Latinos Activate Selma, NC 
  • Muslim Counterpublics Lab, Washington, DC 
  • Best Practices Policy Project, Morristown, NJ* 
  • Black Lives Matter (BLM 5280), Denver, CO 
  • Denver Metro Tenants Union, Denver, CO 
  • Fundacion Biosfera del Anahuac A.C., Jiutepec, MX 
  • Global Center for Climate Justice, Boston, MA 
  • Ho,opae Pono Peace Project, Honolulu, HI 
  • Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment, Jacksonville, FL 
  • Mississippi Rising, Ocean Springs, MS 
  • Marijan, Port-au-Prince, Haiti* 
  • Return Strong, Las Vegas, NV 
  • Rio Grande Valley Harm Reduction, Edinburg, TX 
  • SICARS, Sapelo Island, GA 
  • UE Research and Education Fund Southern Worker Justice Campaign, Raleigh, NC 
  • Washington Fair Trade Education Coalition, Seattle, WA* 
  • Wisdom Institute, Detroit, MI 

* Indicates past PDF grantee 

The Peace Development Fund’s mission is to build the capacity of community-based organizations through grants, training, and other resources as partners in human rights and social justice movements. 

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