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Grants for Change

Grants for Change

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love each other and support each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

– Assata Shakur

Purpose

The Grants for Change Program (G4C) is a participatory grantmaking program that seeks to fund and strengthen community-based nonprofit organizations (Community Leaders) whose work advances racial justice in Maine. 

  • Over the next year, G4C will convene a community-led process to re-design the G4C Program based on community needs and feedback.
  • This year’s application is by invitation only to Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations previously supported by G4C (2016-2020) through the participatory grantmaking process. 
  • Learn more about G4C’s Mission and Commitment.

Grant Amount & Funding Levels

  • In this grantmaking cycle, G4C will award $500,000 in total grants to eligible organizations in two tiers: Impact grants ($25,000) and Sustaining grants ($10,000).  
  • 2021 G4C grant awards will be one year, unrestricted general operating funding and program support, with the intent to return to unrestricted, multi-year awards in the fall of 2022.
  • Determination of the two tiers will be based on the number of past grant recipients who meet this year’s criteria, as well as a shared understanding of Maine’s racial justice movement and community organizing needs.
  • Final decisions on the tiers will be made by the G4C Directors in consultation with Community Leaders, Maine Initiatives staff, our existing community accountability partners, and trusted Elders.
  • G4C will announce the grant award recipients in early December 2021.

Eligibility

Identifying Eligible Grantees: Determining BIPOC-Led

Applications for 2021 G4C funding will be distributed by invitation only to:

  • Organizations previously funded through G4C from 2016-2020; 
  • Organizations that self-identify as BIPOC-led based on our Eligibility Criteria (see below); and
  • Organizations that continue to meet past G4C eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Criteria for BIPOC-led Organizations 

To be eligible for 2021 G4C grant funding, past G4C funding recipients need to meet two-out-of-three of the following criteria for, at least, the past two years:

  • 50% or more of the organization’s leadership staff or program directors are BIPOC
  • 50% of board members or governing decision-making roles are BIPOC
  • 50% of activists and on-the-ground community change-makers are BIPOC

Organizations that have not been actively doing racial justice work in Maine in the past 18 months will be excluded.

How to Apply

November 3, 2021 – Deadline to submit the application and schedule a conversation with G4C Directors.

All past G4C award recipients (2016-2020) should have already received an ‘Invitation to Community Leaders’ (the application).  

If you are a past G4C award recipient and have not received the Invitation, please contact us at grants4change@maineinitiatives.org.

If you are an eligible organization and have not yet scheduled a conversation, please schedule a time here: Schedule with G4C 

Add G4C Calendar to your schedule to receive reminders: Grants for Change Calendar


Key Updates to G4C for 2021-2022

Funding and Following BIPOC-led Organizations

The focus for the 2021-2022 G4C Program is shifting the funding support to and decision-making by those most impacted by institutional, structural, and systemic forms of white supremacy and settler colonialism: Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC).

Deepening and Supporting Existing Relationships

As our communities are still dealing with the dual pandemics of COVID and white supremacy, our attention this year will be on deepening our existing relationships and minimizing the burden of the grantmaking process on Community Leaders.

Supporting Responsive and Impactful Broad Community Engagement

This year our participatory grantmaking is rooted in a “Continuum of Ethical Engagement” framework that invites the broader community to deepen their commitment to racial justice organizing by taking meaningful and impactful action as ‘Participants’ in our process.

New G4C Directors and Renewed Commitment to Community Engagement

Over the course of the year, two new BIPOC Directors of G4C will convene and facilitate a movement- and community-led redesign of the G4C program, with an increased focus on community engagement around issues identified by Community Leaders.

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