About the Fund
As local and national attacks on reproductive rights and justice accelerate, lack of access to a funding mechanism that can deploy resources quickly has cost reproductive justice activists and organizations in the United States countless policy setbacks and missed opportunities for base-building.
In response, Groundswell Fund launched its Rapid Response Fund in January 2016. Dedicated to moving resources quickly and strategically, the Fund seeks to meet unforeseen needs and opportunities in the struggle to advance and defend reproductive justice.
Basic information about the Fund, including how to apply, follows.
What might the rapid response grants support?
—A strategic response to an unforeseen legislative or policy development—A strategic response to a public attack or a community crisis—A strategic response to a new opportunity that is immediate, has a specific timeframe, and is aligned with Groundswell Fund’s approach and priorities—A short-term project or action that creates opportunities to organize and build coalitions and/or educate public officials or the general public—Support for an unexpected organizational leadership transition
Who can apply?
—Organizations in the United States—Organizations that are already Groundswell grantees, or organizations that have never received funding from Groundswell—Organizations that define themselves as reproductive rights or reproductive justice organizations, or organizations that recognize reproductive justice as a crucial element of social justice
Who is not eligible to receive a Rapid Response grant?
—Organizations that have received Rapid Response Fund grants in the last 12 months—Organizations seeking support for candidate campaigns or other partisan activity—Organizations seeking support for ongoing program work, or to address financial crises or funding shortfalls
How big are the grants?
Grant requests may range from $5,000 to $30,000. On rare occasions, Groundswell staff will consider requests of up to $50,000, but only on a case-by-case basis. For requests above $30,000, please discuss the amount of the request with Groundswell staff before submitting an application.
How does the application process work?
You can download the application here, or by clicking on the button that says "Download the application".
However, we recommend that prior to submitting an application, you send a brief e-mail inquiry or speak with a Groundswell staff member by phone to ensure that your request falls within the Fund's criteria. To submit an inquiry by e-mail, you can use the button on the left side of this page, or send a brief e-mail to email@example.com with the subject heading "Rapid Response". To reach Groundswell by phone, please call 510.444.5900 x3.
Once you've had a conversation or e-mail exchange with a Groundswell staff member and mutually decided that your organization will apply, you can download an application here.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis as they are submitted, and once you have submitted your application, you will receive an initial response from a Groundswell Fund staff member within one week. Before grants are approved, they are reviewed by Groundswell Fund staff members, who seek input from trusted stakeholders familiar with the region or issue and from Groundswell Fund’s Rapid Response Fund Grants Advisory Committee. If approved, grant funds will be disbursed within one week of approval.
To learn more about the Groundswell Fund, please visit www.groundswellfund.org.