The Defending the Dream Fund partnership, made up of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, General Service Foundation and other partners, came together this spring to support grassroots organizing in under-resourced areas to protect targeted communities, resist the draconian and destructive policies of the Trump era and work towards a hopeful dream of a just, equitable and caring society.
We are very excited to announce the 19 organizations selected in the first round of grants.
In response to this unique moment and opportunity, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation has developed the Making Black Lives Matter Initiative (MBLM), a three year grantmaking and strategic co-funding initiative that seeks to maximize this historic moment to begin building long term institutional and political power for Black social change and racial justice.
The Making Black Lives Matter Initiative will make $900,000 in grants over the next three years in new grants to Black-led organizations building power in the Black community to make Black Lives Matter. The primary purpose of the grants are to:
Grants will be made to:
We define Black-led organizing groups as groups that:
The reason why Black-led groups are emphasized is in order to facilitate the rebuilding of a Black social change leadership base and pipeline. This can best be achieved through supporting Black leaders in the process of leading organizations, campaigns and through providing supplemental leadership development support. It is also important to work to reverse the historical trend of under-resourcing Black-led groups, particularly Black-led social change groups.
*At this time we do not accept unsolicited LOI’s and will be receiving proposals by invitation only. We strongly encourage organizations to reach out to us so that we may learn more about your work. All emails can be sent to Erin Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.*