Racial & Economic Justice Fund

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund (REJ) was created to support groups that engage community organizing to promote racial and economic justice at the local, state, national or international policy levels. For groups applying to this fund, racial and economic justice must be central to their vision, understanding of the problem, and strategy for addressing the problem.

Who are previous REJ grantees?

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund has supported a wide range of grantees, from Asian Americans United to Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania. Check out our list of recent grantees to see if the Racial & Economic Justice Fund is right for your organization.

Does my group qualify for an REJ grant?

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund makes grants to groups that:

  • Meet all basic eligibility requirements and funding criteria
  • Have a long-term vision for and engage strategies that promote racial and/or economic justice
  • Are building a local base for taking collective action against the problem being addressed
  • Are changing the balance of power between community members and decision makers

How does Bread & Roses Community fund define community organizing?

Why community organizing? Because in the words of Fredrick Douglass, “Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

Bread & Roses Community Fund envisions a new Philadelphia region where economic justice, equality and opportunity are available to all people. Laws and public policy reflect a commitment to economic and racial justice and an end to discrimination on the basis of race, income, class, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

To achieve this vision, Bread & Roses motivates people who want to make change to contribute as much money as they can to build an infrastructure that permanently supports direct action community organizing.

Direct action community organizing is:

  1. a way to train communities to organize themselves for change which will help build a movement that can identify and eliminate the root causes of injustice;
  2. a strategy to help those directly affected by a problem to gain a sense of their own power and permanently alter the relationship between people and government and corporations;
  3. not often funded by other foundations or individual donors, leaving a unique role for Bread & Roses to fill.

Learn more about direct action community organizing here and read a definition of social justice here

What is the award size from REJ?

Grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 annually. Groups who have received grants from the Racial & Economic Justice Fund in the past may reapply in the following grant cycle.

Who makes decisions about grants?

The grantmaking committee is a group of activists and community members who make decisions about grants.

How do I apply for REJ funding?

The deadline for 2016 grant applications has passed. Decisions are made in June/July.

Check back in December for applications for the 2017 cycle.

See here for a list of templates needed to apply. Note, you may not need every template, please refer to the application.

All grant applications must be submitted on paper (no electronic applications will be accepted). No late proposals will be accepted. Grant applications may be delivered or mailed to:

Bread & Roses Community Fund
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut Street
Suite 1300
Philadelphia, PA 19107

No emails or faxes will be accepted.

Questions? Send an email to grants@breadrosesfund.org.