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Core Grants Program

Grants to USA Organizations in Midwestern States
to Strengthen Community Organizing Efforts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Needmor Fund

Deadline Date:

06/30/19 Midnight


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Grants to USA organizations in Midwestern states to strengthen community organizing. Eligible states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Funding is intended to provide organizations with general operating support.

While Needmor embraces the opportunity to fund emerging organizations, their commitment remains to funding strong, effective community organizing. Needmor thus seeks to support groups that:

- Organize primarily low- and moderate-income people, as evidenced by demographic/ statistical data indicating social and economic distress.
- Have a multi-issue agenda that reflects an intersectional approach to addressing issues associated with race, economic justice, and equality.
- Demonstrate a commitment to long-term base building and effectively link issue work to building organizational power.
- Are democratically run and consist of a dues-paying membership base, with deep member engagement and a process for both developing and regenerating a strong cadre of leaders over time.
- Have developed a power analysis and a clearly defined plan for challenging/altering the dynamics of power within their communities.
- Engage in direct action and have demonstrated the ability to win concrete victories of increasingly larger scale.
- Have a vision to continually build and aggregate power, enabling them to take on bigger policy issues and expand its base of allies to increase its impact over time.
- Are well managed, engage in strategic planning, and have a sound budget and diversified fundraising plan.

Additional Screens: In addition to meeting the above basic criteria, Needmor is interested in funding groups that:

- Organize across lines of race, class, and gender; and, promote the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Are linked to and leverage the power of faith, labor, and community into powerful organizations.
- Demonstrate a willingness to work collaboratively for the purpose of building collective power to achieve systematic change at the regional, state, and national level.
- Are connected to larger organizing networks that are working to implement new, broad, and creative public policies that address systemic issues facing low- and moderate-income communities.
- Integrate voter engagement strategies and the expansion of democracy into the building of powerful community organizations.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop an agenda that frames issues of relevance to both urban and rural constituencies.
- Recognize and address the impact of global corporatization as it relates to issues of economic and environmental justice.
- Have potential for attracting the interest and support of other funders.

The Needmor Fund has identified community organizing as the most effective means for achieving these goals. Community organizing is “a process through which historically disenfranchised people can build power, can address the systemic barriers to the practice of democracy, can hold public and corporate officials accountable for their actions, and can begin to participate in shaping public policy.”

The Needmor Fund seeks to:

- Remove systemic barriers to the practice of democracy by encouraging the efforts of people who are working together for justice and the common good;
- Encourage involvement in community affairs by people whose participation has been systematically denied; and
- Foster the active participation of all citizens in crafting a vision, values, and policies that are more equitable, to guide the operation of the country.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185154

Term of Contract:

Grantees funded through this program are eligible to receive funding for up to three years, after which an organization may not apply for at least two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Needmor Fund does not fund:
- Community development corporations
- Scholarships/fellowships
- Private businesses
- Training programs or direct services (e.g., counseling programs, medical services, etc.)
- Cultural enrichment programs
- Films, TV or radio productions.
- Books, publications or research
- Conferences
- Capital improvements
- Litigation
- Projects outside the United States
- Government sponsored or controlled projects
- National organizations

Pre-Application Information:

Application Opens: May 1, 2019
Deadline: June 30, 2019

- Applications are accepted only through the online grantmaking system.
- Proposals are due by midnight on the deadline date.
- Approximately six weeks after the deadline for submissions, applicants will receive an email from Needmor stating whether or not the organization will be considered for funding.
- Organizations approved for funding can expect grant funds to be available approximately six months after the application deadline.

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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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For questions, contact the Grants Manager at 419-872-1490.

Needmor Fund
539 East Front Street
Perrysburg, OH 43551

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Missouri;   Ohio;   Wisconsin