2021 Grantees

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

Environmental Justice Fund

The Environmental Justice Fund is a special fund at Bread & Roses that will award one-time grants to grassroots groups that use community organizing to promote equitable access to a clean and healthy environment for communities and neighborhoods most impacted by environmental racism, climate change, and environmental injustice. The money for this fund was raised by the 2020 Environmental Justice Giving Project.

Camden for Clean Air is organizing the Camden community to close the largest air polluter in Camden County, the Covanta Camden trash incinerator. Website | Facebook

Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living is mobilizing to close the Covanta Delaware Valley trash incinerator and push for a green economy with safe, living wage jobs in clean energy and zero waste. Website | Facebook

Eastwick United is establishing a community land trust to affirm the right to a clean, safe environment for Eastwick residents who have been impacted by catastrophic flooding as a result of the city’s failed Urban Renewal plan in the 1950s.

Energy Justice Network is a national network of community groups working for an equitable and community-owned transition to clean energy and zero waste. They have previously focused on shutting down trash incinerators in Delaware, Montgomery, and Camden Counties, and are now building their base of support in Philadelphia in coalition with environmental justice leaders in the city. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Human Rights Coalition is working to dismantle and abolish the prison system by expanding their #ShutDownFayette campaign to close SCI Fayette, a maximum security prison which houses over 2,000 people on a toxic dump site. Website | Facebook

Mill Creek Urban Farm grows and distributes fresh, chemical-free produce to nourish the community and create a world where Black and Indigenous communities have stewardship of the land. Website | Facebook | Twitter

National Institute for Healthy Human Spaces is building a regional environmental justice coalition to improve the health of low-income communities and communities of color and to promote sustainability. Website

Neighbors Against the Gas Plants is using community organizing, direct action, and community meetings to fight the SEPTA power plant and initiate an air quality monitoring project in North Philly. Website | Facebook

North Philly Peace Park is fighting gentrification by building grassroots leadership, advancing food justice, and supporting resident land reclamation. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

One Art Community Center offers space, programming, and tools to community groups at its regenerative urban eco-arts village in order to promote environmental sustainability and community healing. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Philadelphia Jobs with Justice is a coalition of unions, student, community, and faith groups organizing for educational equity. They are currently focusing on remediating environmental hazards such as led, asbestos, and mold in schools. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower & Rebuild (POWER) is an interfaith organization mobilizing religious, spiritual, and ethical communities to push for sustainable climate and energy policy in the Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania region. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Philly Thrive is a multi-racial, cross-class community organization coordinating a Right to Thrive campaign against systemic environmental racism by pushing for community-controlled development grounded in anti-racism, equity, and justice. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Sappho and LaRoyce Foundation is a Black-led organization that educates, elevates, and empowers LGBTQ+ communities of color to sustain healing and promote access to healthy food and safe housing. Website | Facebook | Twitter

UC Green is engaging volunteer environmental stewardship in West and Southwest Philadelphia through free street tree planting, accessible community gardens, and block clean ups. Website | Facebook | Instagram

Urban Creators is a grassroots organization using food, art and celebration, and political education to nurture food sovereignty, access to healthy food, opportunities for supporting local businesses, cooperative economics, and preserving sacred spaces throughout Philadelphia. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Urban Tree Connection is building equitable, sustainable, and neighborhood-rooted food and land systems in West Philadelphia through community leadership development and land-based strategies. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Workers Revolutionary Collective grew out of the 2020 housing protest on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and is supporting the collective liberation of 50 homes left blighted and vacant by Philadelphia’s gentrification crisis. Website | Facebook | Twitter

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 public interest law center provides legal services for people incarcerated in Pennsylvania’s prisons and organizes to fight mass incarceration. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Ardella’s House provides transitional housing for women who are released from prison and advocates for the needs and rights of formerly and currently incarcerated and women. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CADBI) seeks to end life without parole sentences in Pennsylvania by centering people who have been directly impacted by crime and long-term incarceration. Website | Facebook

The Empowerment Center USA is led by formerly incarcerated community members and their families. Their Prison Debt Solutions initiative is organizing for policy changes to relieve post-release debt. Website | Facebook

Hearts on a Wire is a collective of transgender and gender non-conforming people building a movement for gender, racial, and economic justice and an end to the policing and mass incarceration of their communities. Website | Facebook

Human Rights Coalition (HRC) is working to dismantle the prison system by abolishing solitary confinement, shutting down toxic prisons, and fighting for the freedom of their loved ones. Website | Facebook

Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia (MCCP) is a faith-based community organization that centers restorative and racial justice to resolve conflict, heal, and make decisions in community. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Outside the Bars supports children who have incarcerated parents through peer and academic support, mentorship, and policy advocacy. Website

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) supports people with criminal records through free legal representation, strategic litigation, community education, research, and legislative advocacy. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Why Not Prosper, Inc. responds to the needs of women in the correctional system and supports women’s re-entry journey from prison to their community. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (YASP) empowers young people who are or have been incarcerated in adult jails and prisons through artistic expression, political education, and leadership development. 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. This fund was open from April 2020 to March 2021. You can see all 83 grants on this page.

Previous Grantees

View our 2020 grantees here.