Opportunity Fund

Teacher Action Group, a 2018 Opportunity Fund grantee

About the Opportunity Fund

Opportunity Fund grants are intended for special projects or emergencies that are not part of an organization’s ongoing work. These activities are frequently in response to rapidly emerging issues and might include: demonstrations and rallies, coalition efforts, conferences, or forums.

Who are previous Opportunity Fund grantees?

The Opportunity Fund has supported a wide range of community groups, from ACT UP Philadelphia to Witness to Innocence. Check out our list of recent grantees to see if the Opportunity Fund is right for your group.

Does my group qualify for a grant from the Opportunity Fund?

The Opportunity Fund makes grants to groups that:

More generally, Bread & Roses provides grants to groups that have a long-term vision and engage strategies that promote social justice, including:

  • A focus on organizing and activism (not social service work)
  • A clear understanding of the root causes of the problem they are working to resolve
  • A strategy that includes collective action by the community and results in concrete outcomes
  • A vision that emphasizes changing the systems that create or perpetuate the problem being addressed
  • Leadership that is primarily composed of people affected by the problem that is being addressed
  • A priority for developing leadership from within the affected community

What is the award size from the Opportunity Fund?

Grants range from $50 to $500. Groups who have received grants from the Opportunity Fund in the past year may not reapply in the following grant cycle.

What is the deadline for the Opportunity Fund?

Proposals must be complete and submitted electronically to grants@breadrosesfund.org by 5:00 p.m. on the 1st of each month.

How do I apply for the Opportunity Fund?

We have moved to an online application. We hope this online application will be easy for you to navigate. However, we will still be accepting paper applications. If you need assistance completing the application call 215.731.1107 or email grants@breadrosesfund.org.

Read the general guidelines carefully before applying. Make sure that your organization meets both the general guidelines and the specific guidelines (above) for the Opportunity Fund.

Submit the completed application to grants@breadrosesfund.org.