The Muste Institute’s Social Justice Fund 2019 for Grassroots Activist Projects in United States & around the World

The Muste Institute’s Social Justice Fund 2019 for Grassroots Activist Projects in United States & around the World

Deadline: July 8, 2019

The Muste Institute is accepting applications for the Social Justice Fund 2019. They supports several active grantmaking programs promoting nonviolent action for social justice in the United States and around the world. Social Justice Fund makes grants for grassroots activist projects, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources.

They are especially interested in funding efforts to:

  • end the violence of borders and the criminalization of immigrants
  • abolish the death penalty, shut down the prison industrial complex, redefine criminal justice
  • confront institutionalized repression against racial, ethnic, gender-based, and LGBTQ communities
  • support progressive workers movements and the eradication of poverty
  • dismantle the war machine, end state sponsored terrorism, expose the dangers of nuclear power


They seek proposals:

  • for projects with expense budgets under $50,000
  • from grassroots organizations with annual income of less than $500,000
  • from groups with limited access to more mainstream funding sources
  • from groups which have not received Social Justice Fund grants in at least two years
  • from groups with or without 501(c)3 status or a fiscal sponsor: the Social Justice Fund only requires a fiscal sponsor if the group receiving the grant does not have its own bank account. If you cannot receive a grant check made out to the name of your organization, you will need a fiscal sponsor. We cannot issue checks to individuals.

Although they value the work, we do NOT consider grant proposals for the following:

  • individual efforts or scholarships
  • schools or universities academic or research projects
  • organizations with access to government, corporate or mainstream charitable funding
  • art, theater, film or video projects that are not directly tied to activism or organizing
  • economic development projects
  • capital campaigns or expenses
  • direct social services
  • legal defense or litigation
  • lobbying or electoral campaigns
  • projects geared toward participants personal improvement or business success
  • conflict resolution or violence reduction projects, unless they directly promote activism
  • projects that will have already taken place by the time the grant is received
  • or for an organization’s general operating budget

The Social Justice Fund’s priority is to support:

  • direct grassroots activism and organizing
  • groups with diverse, representative and democratic leadership structures
  • groups that have or can obtain enough economic and in-kind support to carry out their regular work, but need additional support to carry out a project or build capacity



  •  July 8, 2019 (for Sept. 12 decision)
  • Oct. 14, 2019 (for Dec. 7 decision)

Submit your completed application via email to [email protected] Use the subject header: SJF APP [deadline-month/year] [your organization’s name]. You can attach the application and supporting material, such as financial spread sheets, to the email in document or PDF form. If your proposal is selected for consideration, you should expect a call or email from one of our grant researchers with any questions they might have. Final decisions can be expected about 10 weeks after the deadline date.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Social Justice Fund.