CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

SURVIVOR SAFETY AND SECURING DEMOCRATIC FUTURES FUND

Fall 2020

Background

The Collective Future Fund is a pooled fund established in 2019 to bring together donors, social justice movements, and survivors to heal, resource, and mobilize to shape a collective future free from sexual harassment and violence. Collective Future Fund prioritizes supporting efforts that are led by women of color who are survivors of gender-based violence. The Fund envisions a world in which all women and girls — cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming — can live, learn, and work in safety and dignity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many of the disparities and inequities created by unjust policies and systems that have left communities vulnerable, despite the incredible mobilizations coordinated by activists, grassroots movements, and policy organizations for decades. This month the national death toll in the United States surpassed 201,000, the most deaths of any industrialized nation. These are essential workers, family members, community members, elders, and children, predominantly from Black and Indigenous and communities of color. The personal and collective loss has been staggering. At the same time, threats to our democracy and rising authoritarianism during a pandemic has added to the dismay and destabilization we feel. 

Survivors know what it means to feel the lack of stability, lack of safety, and the need to survive. Time and time again, we have seen that violence against Black women, Indigenous women, women of color, queer, trans, nonbinary and gender non-conforming people of color, people of color with disabilities, and immigrants follows disasters in the U.S. and internationally. Women of color are most often the first to respond and the last to be resourced, despite the undeniable force they play to fortify their communities around emergencies and disasters. Providing support and expediting funding is part of the Fund’s charge to support movements working for safety and an end to gender-based violence in the home, at work, in institutions, and from the state.

The Survivor Safety and Securing Democratic Futures Fund aims to support organizations through this time of uncertainty by equipping them with funds to mobilize their communities for survival. More than that, we welcome your brilliance and imagination to craft solutions that extend beyond the next several months as communities continue to come under attacks based in white supremacy and patriarchy.

Overview

The purpose of the Survivor Safety and Securing Democratic Futures grants is to channel resources to Black-, Indigenous-, women-of-color-, queer-, trans-, nonbinary and gender non-conforming people-of-color-led organizations that are advancing safety and support through direct relief and organizing support to frontline workers and survivors of gender-based and state violence during the multiple crises that have been unfolding in 2020. 

Providing this funding will help organizations pivot and be nimble during these multiple crises, ensure safety and protections for survivors and impacted workers, encourage robust democratic participation amidst rising authoritarianism, and coordinate transnationally in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Grant Priorities

  • Supports, advocacy, and organizing to address interpersonal violence (including intimate partner violence) as a result of the public health crisis that is forcing people to stay in their homes, unable to flee abuse and violence, away from support networks such as friends and family, shelters, unable to access healthcare, mental health services, and anti-violence support groups and services;
  • Counseling, care, safety planning, and other support to survivors of family and institutional violence during isolation, either virtually or otherwise;
  • Support existing funds that help survivors of violence to mitigate the financial distress from lost income;
  • Community-based or mutual aid groups organizing to provide emergency food, medical supplies or support for care to survivors of violence — specifically Black women, Indigenous women, women of color, queer, trans, nonbinary and gender non-conforming people of color, people of color with disabilities, and immigrants — who are at high risk for COVID-19, isolated from community supports that were more accessible previous to the pandemic, unemployed, and/or otherwise directly affected by the multiple adverse impacts of the pandemic, economic downturn, and uprisings for racial justice; 
  • Support for youth survivors to create supportive networks, access health care, find counseling and other support; 
  • Support for childcare for survivors and frontline workers;
  • Ensure and encourage robust democratic participation from constituencies targeted and under attack from rising authoritarianism.

Proposal Requirements

 For a preview of the full proposal narrative questions click here.

Criteria

  • Organizations led by and serving women of colorspecifically, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Arab, Asian, and Pacific Islander; queer, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people of color, im/migrants and refugees, women of color with disabilities. Being “led by” means that the organization has survivors and/or BIPOC women/girls/femmes and QTPOC, im/migrants and refugees, and/or people of color and/or people with disabilities in key leadership and management positions, put an intersectional analysis into practice, and are engaged as key strategy, advocacy, and policy experts within the organization. 
  • Organizations whose core mission, goals, and activities address ending gender-based violence and bring an orientation and analysis of racial and gender justice (intersectional analysis and strategy development), and to global feminisms, that center survivors and pushes for structural change, collective healing and addresses the root causes of violence.
  • Status as a 501(c)3 under US tax law (for US-based organizations) or having a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor is the most expedient way to receive a grant, but is not required. Non-US based organizations can apply with a US-based 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor. Organizations (whether in the US or outside the US) that have neither 501(c)3 status nor a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)3 status can apply, but must meet some additional requirements if invited to submit a full proposal, and will be eligible for a based grant instead of general operating support. 

Submission Requirements

The Survivor Safety and Securing Democratic Futures grants are in the amount of $50,000 for one year, from December 2020 to December 2021.

This is a two-step application process. 

Step 1: 

To begin the application process, please fill out the organizational profile that includes basic information and two key questions through the Fluxx system. The deadline to complete this organizational profile is November 9, 2020 by 10 pm EST. The application button is located below. 

Step 2: 

After reviewing your submission in your responses to Step 1, your organization will either be invited to submit a brief proposal or will not proceed in the application process.  

If invited, Step 2 is to submit a brief proposal that includes organizational and financial information along with four brief narrative questions. 

Deadlines

You can submit your organizational profile, Step 1 of the application process, from October 9, 2020 to November 9, 2020 by 10 pm EST. 

If invited to complete a full proposal in Step 2 of the application process, we are accepting submissions in two cycles. 

  • The first submission deadline is Friday, October 30, by 10 pm EDT. You will be notified of a funding decision in November. 
  • The second submission deadline is Tuesday, November 24, by 10 pm EST. You will be notified of a funding decision in December. 

All submissions will be accepted through our fiscal sponsor’s online platform Fluxx only. Due to the number of anticipated submissions, we are unable to accept submissions by email or postal mail. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Grants awarded to organizations with 501(c)3 status, including groups that have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)3 status, will be structured as general operating support. Any group that does not have a fiscal sponsor or organizations outside the United States that do not have a US-based fiscal sponsor will be structured as project-based grants that require more documentation including a project budget and a report at the end of the grant cycle. 

Your organization must fit the grant criteria guidelines, and is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status or a community group, collective, or organization fiscally sponsored by a nonprofit organization that has 501(c)3 status. Fiscally sponsored groups will be required to provide a letter or memorandum of understanding from the fiscal sponsor confirming the relationship. We do not fund individuals, public or private schools, and/ or media organizations. 

Your organization can still apply, but if invited to submit a full proposal your organization will need to meet additional requirements including providing recent financials, a project budget and, if funded, more reporting at the end of the grant cycle. For the full list of additional materials required for projects without a fiscal sponsor, please see the full proposal if invited to submit a full proposal.

Yes, for non-US based organizations you will either need a US-based 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor OR your organization will need to meet the additional requirements for projects with no fiscal sponsor.

You will be required to complete an organizational profile using an online portal called Fluxx. Once you have completed this first step in the process, you might be invited to submit a full proposal for review. Unfortunately, we cannot accept submissions by phone or email.

If you have technical problems with the Fluxx submission process, please contact rpafluxxsupport@rockpa.org.

If you have technical problems with the Fluxx submission process, please contact rpafluxxsupport@rockpa.org.

If you have questions about the narrative questions or anything else related to the application process, please contact grants@collectivefuturefund.org 

You can submit your organizational profile, the first step in the application process, from October 9, 2020 to November 9, 2020 by 10 pm EST. 

Once you have completed this first step in the process, you might be invited to submit a full proposal for review. For invited proposals we are accepting submissions in two cycles.

The first submission deadline is Friday, October 30, by 10 pm EDT. You will be notified of a funding decision in November.

The second submission deadline is Tuesday, November 24, by 10 pm EST. You will be notified of a funding decision in December. 

At this time we are only accepting applications in English. CFF is committed to language justice, as such we hope to broaden language access and provide technical support in future grantmaking.

If your organization is not invited to continue in the application process, you will receive a notification by CFF’s fiscal sponsor Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. If you are invited to move to Step 2 in the application process, then you will be contacted by CFF’s Senior Program Officer.

Due to the large number of requests we receive, we are unable to respond to requests for feedback. Our decision is focused on your proposed work, and how well it aligns with our current grantmaking priorities and funding strategies.