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Abelard Foundation West Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible States
for Grassroots Social Change Initiatives

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Common Counsel Foundation

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Grants ranging from $6,000 to $12,000 to USA organizations in states west of the Mississippi River to support grassroots social change activities. Eligible States include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The Abelard Foundation is a family foundation with 50 years of experience in progressive philanthropy. The Foundation is committed to supporting grassroots social change organizations in predominantly low-income communities and communities of color that seek to expand community control over economic, social and environmental decisions affecting their communities’ wellbeing.

The Foundation is committed to supporting grassroots social change organizations that engage in community organizing which:
-Utilizes membership or grassroots participation to represent the interests of communities in which they are based.
-Expands community control over economic, social and environmental decisions affecting the community’s well-being.
-Builds a strong informed voice on public policy issues.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181081

Estimated Size of Grant:

Abelard Foundation West offers general support grants in the range of $6,000 - $12,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation supports grassroots social change organizations that engage in community organizing.

Common Counsel Foundation manages Abelard Foundation’s western grant program. Organizations based in eastern states (east of the Mississippi River) should visit the website for the Foundation’s eastern office:

Pre-Application Information:

The Abelard Foundation has an open Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process, however full proposals are accepted by invitation only.

The first step in submitting a letter of inquiry is to thoroughly review the eligibility criteria and grant-making guidelines in order to ensure that your organization is a good fit for the grant program. Organizations that meet the eligibility and funding criteria are encouraged to submit the letter of inquiry form. Please understand that even if your organization fits within the guidelines, due to limited funds, the Foundation is only able to invite full proposals from approximately 10% of the organizations that apply.

There are two LOI deadlines each year – on January 15 and June 15. If the deadline falls on a weekend date or holiday, the deadline will be moved to the next business day after the weekend day or holiday.

More information about grantmaking may be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Common Counsel Foundation
1624 Franklin St, #1022
Oakland, CA 94612

P: (510) 834-2995
F: (510) 834-2998

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Louisiana;   Minnesota;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   North Dakota;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   South Dakota;   Texas;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming