2020 Grantees

Each grant is made possible by a network of thousands of donors giving what they can to support movements for justice.

Equitable Public Space Fund

The Equitable Public Space Fund is a special fund at Bread & Roses that supports groups organizing to create equitable public spaces in parks, libraries, recreation centers, greenways, waterways, community gardens, community centers, plazas, and play areas in Philadelphia and Camden. The money for these grants was raised by the 2019-20 Equitable Public Space Giving Project.

Asian Americans United is organizing around Chinatown’s changing public spaces, including protection of the Inch by Inch Garden, educational programming around public space equity, and publishing recommendations for equity in Chinatown. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Black and Brown Workers Cooperative is organizing to reclaim land, conducting teach-ins about community land trusts, and bringing art and disruption actions to public spaces. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Coalition of African Communities is expanding access to public parks and libraries for African and Caribbean immigrants by hosting events and trainings in public spaces as well as conducting legislative advocacy campaigns to build more soccer infrastructure. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Cooper Grant Neighborhood Association and Concerned Citizens of North Camden are working in coalition to expand access to public spaces controlled by Rutgers University Camden by organizing residents, distributing multilingual information, and creating guerilla marketing campaigns. Facebook

Healing Communities USA is using a restorative justice approach to expand access to public spaces for communities impacted by the criminal legal system. WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

Holly Street Neighbors Community Garden, an initiative of UC Green, is amplifying its role in West and Southwest Philadelphia by serving as an accessible and therapeutic community space for events, education and arts. WebsiteFacebook

MOVES is working to create access to community-controlled spaces in which Black and Brown LGBTQ people can create, critique, explore, enjoy, and perform art. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Mt. Vernon Manor CDC is partnering with the Friends of the Mantua Greenway and the Mantua Urban Peace Garden to organize community members, create a succession plan for the older generation of leaders, and steward local green spaces. WebsiteFacebook | Twitter

National Institute for Healthy Human Spaces is working with the Camden NAACP and Friends of Cooper River Open Space Equity Group to push officials to remediate and open up public spaces that have remained polluted for over 20 years. In Philadelphia, they are working with Native American House Alliance to build awareness of local historic sites and promote open space and land justice.

Norris Square Community Alliance is promoting equitable development through their Nuestro Barrio Project, which organizes to secure public ownership of vacant lots that have been used as public spaces for years and to steward these spaces to meet the needs and wants of their community.  Website | Facebook | Twitter

One Art Community Center is increasing community land ownership, expanding accessibility, cultivating educational programming, creating coworking spaces, and building a community kitchen and a library.  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Philadelphia Black Pride is organizing to make William Way LGBT Community Center more equitable and welcoming to Black LGBTQIA people by hosting events, developing leaders from the Black LGBTQIA community, and increasing the number of Black LGBTQIA people accessing resources and services at William Way. Website | Facebook | Instagram

Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is partnering with United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4889 to create a public “free store,” expand their community center hours, create a community farm, and build a labor history and activism library.  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Senior to Senior Community Outreach is expanding their campaign to address food insecurity in senior communities by developing a series of forums to discuss accessibility of public spaces such as community gardens and libraries for seniors.

Soil Generation is expanding their Threatened Gardens Campaign to push forward equitable policies that reduce barriers for people of color and low-income communities to access land and grow food. Website | Facebook

Spiral Q is claiming public space using art activism in order to center and honor people working against oppression and discrimination and to connect people and movements for change. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Urban Creators is investing in amenities that enable their neighbors to use their 2-acre farm on their own time and terms and establishing a neighborhood marketplace that offers local businesses and entrepreneurs opportunities to generate revenue and develop their businesses. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Urban Tree Connection is repurposing vacant lots in West Philadelphia’s Haddington neighborhood for communal growing and gathering, sustainable food production and affordable food distribution, and intergenerational health, wellness, and political education.  Website | Facebook | Twitter

VietLead is growing their intergenerational Resilient Roots Community Farm in Camden by cultivating neighborhood ownership and co-creation, making the farm more publicly accessible, incorporating art and cultural knowledge, and launching a campaign against gentrification. Website | Facebook | Twitter

William Way LGBT Community Center is expanding their free and low-cost space-sharing program to specifically meet the needs of people of color, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Future Fund

The Future Fund is a core fund at Bread & Roses that supports organizations working on emerging issues or developing new approaches to social justice activism. The money for these grants was raised by the 2020 Future Fund Giving Project.

The African Family Health Organization (AFAHO) supports African and Caribbean immigrants and refugees in the greater Philadelphia area through cultural programming and health initiatives. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

The Human Rights Coalition (HRC) is led by currently and formerly incarcerated Pennsylvanians seeking to abolish the prison industrial complex in order to center healing instead of punishing. Website | Facebook

Indigenous People’s Day Inc.’s (IPD) cultivates an active Indigenous presence in Philadelphia through cultural, educational, and community building initiatives that uplift Indigenous traditions, creative-economies, and histories. Website | Facebook

Kith Integrated and Targeted Human Services (KITHS) supports the self-sufficienty and growth of immigrant and refugee communities through shared resources and social justice advocacy. Website

Making Worlds Bookstore (MW) is a bookstore and social center engaging community members and organizers in Black, Brown, and Indigenous traditions of liberation. Facebook

The People’s Emergency Center (PEC) Youth HEALers are focused on alleviating youth homelessness and increasing stable housing options for youth experiencing housing insecurity. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Power Street Theatre (PST) seeks to amplify marginalized artists and communities of color by using accessible, multicultural theater as a catalyst for social change. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) uplifts democratically-organized businesses that promote the principles of the international cooperative movement. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Purple House Project provides resources to support the self determination of women who experience intimate partner violence. Website | Facebook | Instagram

Sanctuary Wholistic Fund coordinates resources to promote community building and food access justice.

The Empowerment Center builds support for people who experience debt associated with incarceration and advocates for policies that support individuals, families, and communities directly impacted by incarceration. Website

The Womanist Working Collective is led by and for Black women, femmes, girls, and gender non-conforming people who cultivate community organizing to model alternative systems and structures. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Woori Center, which means “we, our” in Korean, organizes Korean and Asian Americans towards achieving social, racial, and economic justice by engaging high school students with political education and community organizing. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Urban Tree Connection (UTC) sustains an intergenerational, community-rooted food and land system through community leadership development and political education. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

UrbEd advocates for equitable public schools and quality public education by building power in the voices of public school students. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Gender Justice Organizing Fund

The Gender Justice Organizing Fund is a special fund at Bread & Roses that supports groups grassroots organizing to mobilize women, girls, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people to make change. The money for these grants was raised by the 2020 Gender Justice Giving Project.

Black and Brown Workers Cooperative (BBWC) centers Black women and femmes in the fight for more worker-owned spaces, community stewardship of land, and autonomy over one’s own labor. Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Coalition for Restaurant Safety and Health (CRSH) is a worker-led project aiming to end gender violence that systematically impacts women in the Philadelphia restaurant industry. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Educators for Consent Culture is building a coalition of educators and community members who seek to disrupt rape culture in Philly schools through education, engagement, and organizing. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Galaei is a queer Latinx organization committed to the advancement of their community through leadership, economic development, sexual empowerment, and grassroots organizing. Their Trans Equity Project is mobilizing to bring equity to transgender and gender non-conforming people. Website | Facebook | Instagram

The Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance (PDWA) exists to build power, recognition, and labor protections for nannies, house cleaners, and caregivers, many of whom are immigrants and women of color, starting with the 16,000 domestic workers in Philadelphia. Website | Facebook

Philly Thrive is a cross-racial, cross-class community group organizing for the #RightToBreathe and environmental justice in Philadelphia at the intersection of racial and gender justice. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Project SAFE provides mutual-aid based harm reduction by and for women, trans, and queer people involved in the street economies of Philadelphia, particularly Kensington. Website | Facebook | Instagram

Qunify aims to create inclusive spaces for all LGBTQ+ people to feel safe, comfortable, and visible, and to build an action-oriented queer community throughout Philadelphia. Website | Facebook | Instagram

The Mazzoni Center holds space for Sisterly Love and OUR Way, two community-based groups led by and for trans women of color that are organizing to address transphobia, health care, HIV education, and more issues affecting their community. Website | Facebook | Instagram

The Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) develops affordable housing, provides supportive services, and advocates for policy change in the fight for social and economic equity for low-income women and their families. Website | Facebook | Twitter

We REIGN Inc. creates spaces where Black girls can develop the skills needed to become activists, advocates, organizers, and change agents in their lives and communities. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

The Womanist Working Collective is a community of activists that centers Black women, femmes, girls, and gender non-conforming people as they work to create alternative systems to dismantle systems of oppression. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative

The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative is a core fund at Bread & Roses that supports groups organizing to address the root causes of the crises within the criminal legal system. The money for these grants comes from a partnership with the Phoebus Fund family foundation.

Amistad Law Project is a group of community organizers including formerly incarcerated people, attorneys, and legal workers fighting to end the carceral state. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

CADBI (Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration) works to end life without parole sentences in Pennsylvania while changing narratives about violence to center the experiences of people impacted by the criminal justice system. Website | Facebook

Fathers and Children Together (FACT) seeks to end the cycle of violence and generational incarceration by transporting children to visit their incarcerated fathers. Facebook

Healing Communities USA is led by formerly incarcerated people who are organizing faith communities to engage in campaigns working to change the criminal legal system. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Human Rights Coalition is an organization led by formerly incarcerated people and their families working toward transparency in the criminal justice system, the end of torture and abuse of prisoners, the end of solitary confinement, and accountability of prison officials. Website | Facebook

Movement of Immigrant Leaders in Pennsylvania (MILPA) is a network of families across Pennsylvania working to build power among immigrant communities to disrupt the current criminal legal system and challenge its treatment of undocumented immigrants. Website | Facebook

The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is a grassroots, community-led bail fund whose mission is to end cash bail and pretrial detention and post bail for Philadelphians who cannot afford it. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) seeks a more equitable social environment for those with criminal records through individual representation, strategic litigation, community education, research, and legislative advocacy. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sisters Returning Home provides services for women returning to society after incarceration and works with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and other housing facilities to establish policies that are fair and give appropriate consideration to gender. Website | Facebook

Why Not Prosper is led by formerly incarcerated women who support women returning from prison. Through their Women’s Advocacy Program, they are currently working on access to healthcare. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Youth Art and Self-Empowerment Project (YASP) empowers young people who are or have been incarcerated in adult jails and prisons through a combination of artistic expression, political education, and leadership development. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP) provides legal support for youth facing charges in adult court as well as individuals who were sentenced to life in prison when they were children and are eligible for resentencing due to a recent court ruling. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Racial & Economic Justice Fund

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund is a core fund at Bread & Roses that supports groups that are engaged in direct-action community organizing in the Philadelphia region to promote racial and economic justice. The money for these grants was raised by the 2020 Racial & Economic Justice Giving Project.

215 People’s Alliance Education Fund is advocating for equitably funded public schools for Black, Brown, and working class young people through the Our City Our Schools (OCOS) coalition. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

ACT UP Philadelphia is committed to ending the AIDS crisis and the opioids epidemic by organizing for harm reduction and building power in communities of drug users as well as Black and Brown trans and queer people. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Amistad Law Project is a coalition of prison abolitionists, attorneys, and organizers who provide legal support for incarcerated people and their families and advocate for comprehensive criminal justice policies that reflect a transformative justice framework. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

El Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA) organizes for fair labor practices and living conditions for low-wage immigrant laborers in Chester County. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Energy Justice Network is a national network of grassroots, community organizations fighting against dirty energy and waste industries that disproportionately affect communities of color and working towards a transition to equitable, community-owned clean energy and zero-waste. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Faith in New Jersey (FINJ) is a grassroots multi-faith, multi-racial network advancing social and economic justice by mobilizing faith communities. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Free Migration Project (FMP) works at the intersection of law and community organizing to build power in immigrant communities and promote the freedom of movement as a basic human right. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Girls Justice League (GJL) grounds their work in intersectional feminism to advance social, education, and economic justice for all who identify as women in Philadelphia. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Juntos combines leadership development, community organizing, and collaboration with other community-based advocacy organizations to build power in Latinx immigrant communities. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Movement of Immigrant Leaders in Philadelphia (MILPA) is a network of families facilitating the education, organizing, and participation of Latinx and immigrant communities for social, political, and economic advancement. Website

National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections of domestic workers and home care workers, most of whom are immigrants and women of color. Website | Facebook

Native American House Alliance (NAHA) is fostering racial, economic, and political justice by and for Native American people and promoting an accurate understanding of the Native American experience. Website

New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia (NSM) is using interfaith organizing, direct action, and leadership training to promote immigrant rights and transform communities. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Philadelphia Community Bail Fund (PCBF) is a grassroots community bail fund organizing for collective liberation and the abolition of bail, pretrial detention, and prisons. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Philadelphia Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) is a worker-led movement organizing for economic justice by training worker-organizers, developing grassroots leaders, and promoting community-labor alliances. Website | Facebook | Twitter

PhillySUN (Schools Unifying Neighborhoods) engages parents in school communities in collective city-wide action towards an equitable, locally-controlled, and accountable school district. Website | Facebook

Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (YASP) is a youth-led organization building the power of currently and formerly incarcerated young people. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing

The Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing is an emergency response fund created to meet the urgent needs of grassroots community organizing groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants are being announced weekly on this page.