COLLECTIVE POWER FOR SURVIVOR-LED FEMINIST FUTURES FUND

Background & Context

The Collective Future Fund (CFF) 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 supports 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.

CFF is committed to doing more than supporting organizations with rapid response funding to meet the immediate needs created by new and old issues. Our commitment is to support the work to end gender based violence over the long-term. Movements know that the solutions to the challenges we face aren’t rapid and require time to build. To that end, CFF has created this fund as a multi-year grant opportunity to resource organizations to the scale of what’s needed to bring solutions based in safety to fruition.

2020 was filled with an unprecedented combination of upheavals. Our communities are still reeling from the simultaneous experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, joblessness and economic instability, recurring white supremacist violence that sparked widespread uprisings, and having to fight for an American democracy that has never prioritized our voices. CFF believes this moment is the tipping point for gender and racial justice movements that have been working towards change for decades. 2020 has laid bare the human cost of denying our past and ignoring our present. 

All along, the leadership, organizing, and resilience of Black, Indigenous, women of color (BIPOC women), queer and trans people of color, immigrants, and people of color with disabilities — and survivors of violence, in particular — have been finding  opportunities to transform thefuture for everyone. 

Survivors of systemic and interpersonal violence continually seek portals to safety, healing, resistance, and resilience. Portals that are a way out and a way through to a feminist future grounded in safety, power, and dignity.

As we recall both the challenges and opportunities of 2020 and pivot into a new year, shaping the future, developing strategies, creating space to build trust, the time to love and dream as a powerful movement is critical. CFF wants to help sustain and grow BIPOC women, queer, and trans people of color-led movements to help create a survivor-led feminist future. The goal of the Collective Power for Survivor-led Feminist Futures Request for Proposals is to actualize broader visions of building power, laying out the path needed to cultivate communities rooted in care and mutuality, build collaborative ecosystems, and have the resources to sustain the fight towards liberation.

 

Strategic Priorities to Strengthen Survivor-Led Movements

CFF’s Collective Power for Survivor-led Feminist Futures will support the following strategies to end gender-based violence: 

  • POWER BUILDING: Supporting the healing and leadership of BIPOC women, queer, trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary survivors  of color in the emerging safety movement to end gender-based violence. CFF will prioritize organizations centering survivors of sexual violence to push for systemic change through organizing, advocacy, and policy change. 

What we are mostly looking for is: 

    • Focusing on survivors of sexual violence to elevate their voices and visibilize sexual violence specifically in movements to end gender-based violence; 

    • Supporting collective power building of BIPOC women, trans, gender-non-conforming survivors of sexual violence in the community, at home, and in the workplace;

    • Prioritizing the expertise of survivors to lead and create community-driven solutions to end gender-based violence; 

    • Strengthening democratic participation (beyond political spaces) to renew a collective sense of responsibility and possibility for governance that centers the expertise, insights, and creativity of survivors.   

  • SOLIDARITY: Building solidarity among BIPOC communities, across QTPOC (queer, trans,people of color) communities and movements. CFF recognizes the intersection of many movements that center BIPOC communities, queer, trans, im/migrant, and people with disabilities to increase racial and gender justice. CFF will support survivor-led organizations to share strategies, cultivate partnerships, and support innovations that advance efforts to end gender-based violence

What we are mostly looking for is:

    • Working in solidarity with other social justice movements to further an explicit gender justice analysis and strategy that centers survivors; 

    • Working in solidarity across QTPOC and people with disabilities communities to deepen a gender justice and intersectional lens that centers survivors;

    • Working in solidarity with survivor leaders in the Global South to end gender-based violence that results from neoliberalism, militarism, xenophobia and systemic economic insecurity. 

  • VOICE: Growing narrative and cultural power to generate and drive narratives that shift social norms about gender-based violence using tools such as communications, storytelling, and the arts.   
    Some examples include but are not limited to: 

    • Creating cultural spaces of resilience, resistance, and healing justice;

    • Shaping the public conversation and imagination about sexual violence and safety as a structural problem to be addressed through the leadership of survivors; and or utilizing narrative and cultural strategies to facilitate survivors and Black women, Indigenous women, women of color, queer, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people of color, and people of color with disabilities to deepen their visions and strategies in their work to end violence.

Grants Opportunity Overview

Collective Future Fund welcomes applications for Collective Power for Survivor-led Feminist Futures multi-year funding to organizations that specifically support and are led by Black, Indigenous, women, girls, femmes of color, trans and gender non-conforming people of color who are building communities of safety, healing, resilience, and resistance; Additionally, the above communities who fortify survivor-led and survivor-centered organizations in movements for safety, healing, and social justice. 

 

Grants will be made in the range of $250,000 – $350,000 per year, with the possibility of renewal.

Proposal Requirements

The Collective Power for a Survivor-led Feminist Futures grant is a 2-year grant (April 2021 to April 2023). If funded, organizations will have the possibility of renewal beyond the second year. Grants will be provided as general operating support to organizations to enable flexibility and financial security. . 

As part of the proposal process, you will be asked to address the following in narrative form:

    • Provide a brief description of your organization’s leadership, vision, and mission to end gender-based violence, specifically addressing sexual violence against BIPOC women, queer, transgender and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, and or im/migrant women and girls. 

    • Describe in 2 sentences the primary strategic priority your work belongs to as outlined in Section 2. (Power building, solidarity, or voice).

    • Summarize your core work and efforts to build power over the next two years, explicitly highlighting work to end sexual violence against BIPOC women, queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, and or im/migrant women and girls. 

    • Address your organization’s efforts to create a safe and dignified workplace grounded in gender, racial and economic justice in your own organization. Specifically, please briefly describe what structures, processes, and practices are available to people at all levels of your organization to address sexual harassment, bias, and other forms of violence that may happen in your workplace or if you intend to do this work in the future.

    • Is there anything else you’d like to share that you haven’t yet?

Criteria

The Collective Future Fund will make grants to groups that fulfill the following criteria:

  • Organizations led by and serving women of color — specifically, 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 the aforementioned communities in key leadership (Executive Director, CEO, President, or collective leadership that is majority women of color) and management positions, a proven track record of an intersectional analysis and practice that engages intersectionality as a key strategy in organizing, advocacy, and policy experts within the organization. 
  • Organizations whose core mission, goals, and activities address ending gender-based violence and prioritizes ending sexual violence. Organizations that have an orientation and analysis of racial and gender justice (intersectional analysis and strategy development), and global feminism, that centers survivors and pushes for structural change, collective healing and address the root causes of violence. Please note: If your work primarily focuses on addressing interpersonal, family, or intimate partner violence through survivor/client services, it is unlikely to align with the funding criteria.”

  • 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 (see the application on Fluxx) and will receive a Project Support grant instead of General Operating support.

Deadlines

This is a two-step process. The first deadline is Friday, January 22, 2021.

Step 1: To begin the application process, please fill out the organizational profile that includes basic information. You will then receive login credentials for the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Grantee Portal to complete the narrative questions as part of the full proposal. CFF will review your submitted information and notify organizations if they will proceed in the process by Monday, February 22, 2021. 

 

Step 2: If your organization is invited to proceed, you will be asked for additional governance information. The deadline to submit governance information is Monday, March 8, 2021 by 10:00 pm Eastern time. 

 

Note: Someone from our team will notify you if you are selected to submit organizational and financial information.

All submissions will be accepted through Fluxx only. Due to the number of anticipated submissions, we are unable to accept proposals 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 more detailed report at the end of the grant cycle.

Your organization must fit the grant criteria guidelines, must be 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 refer to the criteria section.

CFF supports transnational solidarity building movements to end gender based violence that crosses borders. Non-US-based organizations supporting transnational solidarity are encouraged to apply. These organizations 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. PLEASE NOTE: We cannot fund country-specific efforts that don’t have a broader scope of work that works across borders and or works in solidarity with organizations addressing gender based violence in the US.

Because we are a small team meeting individually with each group that applies is not possible. You can contact us by emailing us at grants@collectivefuturefund.org and we will do our utmost best to reply in a timely manner.

No. Videos and attachments are optional but encouraged. If funded, CFF may request your permission to use the media as part of announcements, reports, or other materials.

You will be required to complete an organizational profile and answer narrative questions using an online portal called Fluxx. Once you have completed this first step in the process, you might be invited to submit additional information 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 as the first step in the application process, from December 7, 2020, to January 22, 2021, by 10 pm EST. 

Once you have completed this first step in the process, you might be invited to submit additional information for review. The submission deadline is Monday, March 8, 2021, by 10 pm EST. You will be notified of a funding decision mid March 2021.

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 you are invited to move on to Step 2 in the application process, then you will be contacted by CFF staff and receive additional login information from CFF’s fiscal sponsor, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) and Fluxx. If your organization is not invited to continue in the application process, you will receive a notification from CFF staff and RPA/ Fluxx. Please note, emails from RPA/ Fluxx may be sent to your organization’s spam folder so it’s advised to check there before contacting someone from CFF or RPA. If you have not received it please check there first.

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.