Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing

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

As the leading funder of grassroots community organizing for racial, social, and economic justice in the Philadelphia area, Bread & Roses Community Fund launched an emergency response fund. The Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing was open from April 2020 to March 2021 and supported 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.


Bread & Roses made $810,000 in grants through the Solidarity Fund. Learn about the 83 grassroots community organizing groups that received grants from this fund.


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