Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing

The COVID-19 pandemic creates an unprecedented need for grassroots community organizing in the Philadelphia region at the same time that it creates incredible challenges to doing that work. 

The pandemic and its economic fallout are landing hardest on those communities already targeted by systems of oppression: people of color, poor people, immigrants, people with disabilities, incarcerated people, people experiencing homelessness, and other marginalized communities.

Preventing further tragedy requires community organizing for social, racial, and economic justice. Only through organizing can we work effectively for a just and humane response from governments, corporations, and other institutions. 

The groups that do this work mostly operate on shoestring budgets at the best of times. With the economic shutdown, many of their donors can’t give. Most are not eligible for the other philanthropic programs responding to this crisis. 

As the leading funder of grassroots community organizing for racial, social, and economic justice in the Philadelphia area, Bread & Roses launched an emergency response fund. The Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing supports vital community organizing in this time of crisis.

Our partners

We are deeply grateful for the support of the Alfred and Mary Douty Foundation, the Claneil Foundation, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, Independence Public Media Foundation, Philadelphia Health Partnership, United Philanthropy Forum, William Penn Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Foundation.


As of March 1, Bread & Roses has made $743,000 in grants through the Solidarity Fund. Learn about the 76 grassroots community organizing groups that have received grants from this fund.

The final deadline to apply for a grant has now passed.


Bread & Roses launches COVID-19 Solidarity Fund to support grassroots organizations
by Jennifer Amell on Philly Gay News, April 15, 2020

Why we need community organizers in the time of COVID-19
op-ed by Casey Cook on WHYY, April 24, 2020

COVID-19 Response: Bread & Roses will award $500k for grassroots organizing
by Rachel Mindell on Submittable’s blog, May 1, 2020

Updates on foundation and fund responses to COVID-19
by Sabrina Vourvoulias on Generocity, May 4, 2020

Finding evidence of our collective courage and strength
by Casey Cook on Philanthropy Network’s blog, May 27, 2020