Applications invited for Social Justice Fund for activist projects

Applications invited for Social Justice Fund for activist projects

Organization: A.J. Muste Memorial Institute

Apply By: 14 Oct 2019

About the organization

The Muste Institute provides grants, sponsorships, and educational resources to hundreds of grassroots projects around the world. They fund innovative organizing, often with seed funds that give a necessary boost to bold ideas. They also provide affordable and collaborative space to a dozen or so groups in New York City.

About the Fund

The Institute’s primary grantmaking program funds grassroots activist projects in the US and around the world, prioritizing those with small budgets and little access to mainstream funding.  A rotating council of current and past board members, with volunteers from our SJF grantee community, screens applications. They bring a wide range of organizing experience and diverse political perspectives to the process.

Type of projects

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.

Do not seek proposals of -

  • 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

How to Apply

Submit your completed application via email to info@ajmuste.org . Use the subject header: SJF APP [deadline-month/year] [your organization’s name].

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