SURVIVOR SAFETY AND SECURING DEMOCRATIC FUTURES FUND
Crossposted from The Collective Future Fund
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.
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.
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.
For a preview of the full proposal narrative questions click here.
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 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.
The Survivor Safety and Securing Democratic Futures grants are in the amount of $50,000 for one year, from December 2020 to December 2021.
You can submit your organizational profile, Step 1 of the application process, from October 9, 2020 to November 9, 2020 by 10 pm EST.