The Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund provides fast funding from $1,500 to $15,000; averaging between $5,000 - $10,000 to grassroots organizations led by women of color (WOC) , trans people of color (POC), and low-income women and trans people in critical fights to protect and advance reproductive and social justice.
The Rapid Response fund is a multi-issue fund that supports organizations on the front lines, defending the most vulnerable communities with timely, flexible grants with an emphasis on funding in states and communities where WOC, Trans POC, and low-income women and Trans people-led organizing is under resources.
A few examples of how RRF might support existing grantees and other organizations in the moment are:
- Grants to support organizations to pivot to more digital organizing strategies.
- Grants for urgent organizing against racism, xenophobia and hate.
- Grants for urgent organizing around paid sick leave and protections for marginalized communities i.e. rent moratoriums, etc.
- Grants to support campaigns for access to testing, health services, or government relief funds.
- Grants to support mutual aid societies that are organizing and supporting people most impacted such as people who are immuno-compromised, elderly, low-income, trans people of color, undocumented, and/or women of color.
- Resources to support the safety of organizational staff who work within the community, like birth workers and field organizers.
Who is not eligible:
- Organizations seeking support for candidate campaigns or other partisan activity.
- Organizations seeking support for ongoing program work, for leadership transitions, for start up costs, or to address financial crises or funding shortfalls.
- Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor.
Review Process & Turn-Around
Due to high demand, requests will be pre-assessed before moving forward.
There are two steps to the intake process: 1) sending an email answering three screening questions (below) and 2) a phone call.
Step 1: Email Request
Email Cecilia Sáenz Becerra, Program Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an intake phone call about your Rapid Response request.
In your request for an intake call, please answer the following questions:
- Include one to two sentences about the nature of your Rapid Response Fund request.
- Is there an organizing/power building/demand to the state that you’re mobilizing around?
- Is your organization majority-led by women of color and/or transgender people of color?
After you send the email answering the above questions, program staff will reach out to schedule a call.
Step 2: A Call with Rapid Response Fund
During the call, you should be prepared to answer questions about your request, organization, and budget. If applying for funding for a coalition or collaboration, please ensure that the person who does your intake call is prepared to answer questions about all the organizations involved in the project. You can have more than one person on the call.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Groundswell staff is doing its best to review applications on a weekly basis. Application review is currently paused and will resume on August 3rd.
This means that generally, any intake calls related to COVID-19 responses that are done in a given week should receive notification of their award by the close of the same week.