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Defending the Dream Fund: How to Apply

For the second round, the Defending the Dream Fund is using the JustFund Portal, a new funder portal established by Solidaire Network to help connect more social justice funders directly with grassroots organizations and urgent projects. Your proposal will be visible to other funders and donors that are part of the Solidaire Network and associated funds.


Please click here for RFP and full description and application instructions.


*Please Note* If you already submitted an application in our first round, YOU DO NOT NEED TO RE-SUBMIT AN APPLICATION, unless you have a completely different project.  All earlier proposals will be re-considered and if needed, updates may be requested.  Finally, we are only able to support organizations with a 501c3 organizations or a 501c3 fiscal sponsor.

Defending the Dream Fund grants have been one year grants and averaged $10,000. The deadline to submit proposals for the 2nd Round is Monday October 9th.  We aim to review the requests and notify all applicants of our decisions by November 20, 2017.

Please email any general questions that you may have about the Defending the Dream Fund to  For issues or questions that you may have with registering or submitting an application through the JustFund Portal, please contact or text 510-409-9203.

You may also sign up for one of several JustFund webinars over the next couple of weeks:
*Please Note: There are no additional webinars scheduled at this time, but we hope to have a recording uploaded here soon for organizations to view.


Thank you for your work and your commitment to defending our shared dream of a fair, just, equitable and caring society.

Always Forward. Forward Always.