2019 Transformative Organizing Grants

In May of 2019, Arch Community Fund issued twenty two grants of $15,000-$25,000 to support transformative organizing work.

Final award recipients had budgets of under $1,000,000 and demonstrated Arch’s core principles of Resistance, Systems Change, Community Leadership and Intersectional Racial Justice. In addition, successful grantees articulated bold visions for progressive social change and showed a commitment to working across issues and/or constituencies. From over 370 initial applications, these 22 grantees were selected:

African Communities Together (ACT) is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for their families here in the U.S. and worldwide. ACT empowers African immigrants to integrate socially, get ahead economically, and engage civically.

The Anti Police-Terror Project began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee. APTP a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. Founding coalition members include the Black Power Network, Community Ready Corps, Workers World and the Idriss Stelley Foundation.

  • API Equality - Northern California (San Francisco, CA) - $20,000

APIENC (API Equality – Northern California) builds LGBTQ API power to amplify its voices and increase visibility of its communities. Through organizing, API Equality - Northern California inspires and trains leaders, establishes intergenerational connections, and documents and disseminates its histories.

The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, ALP works for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, ALP seeks to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.

Black Mesa Water Coalition is dedicated to preserving and protecting Mother Earth and the integrity of Indigenous Peoples’ cultures, with the vision of building sustainable and healthy communities. BMWC was formed in 2001 by a group of young inter-tribal, inter-ethnic people dedicated to addressing issues of water depletion, natural resource exploitation, and health promotion within Navajo and Hopi communities.

CADRE’s mission is to solidify and advance parent leadership to ensure that all children are rightfully educated regardless of where they live. CADRE seeks to effect policy change and mobilize political will through new parent participation models that preserve and expand the right to education for all South LA children and youth.

Critical Resistance (CR) seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. CR believes that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, CR’s work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness.

Families for Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation. FFF are immigrant prisoners (detainees), former immigrant prisoners, their loved ones, or individuals at risk of deportation. FFF comes from dozens of countries, across continents. FFF seeks to repeal the laws that are tearing apart immigrant communities’ homes and neighborhoods; and to build the power of immigrant communities as communities of color, to provide a guiding voice in the growing movement for immigrant rights as human rights.

Georgia WAND Education Fund’s mission is to educate the public and opinion leaders about the need to reduce violence and militarism in society, and redirect excessive military spending to unmet human and environmental needs. Georgia WAND believes that in order to advance justice, efforts must be led by the communities directly affected by the injustices they address. Georgia WAND is recognized for bridging the rural/urban divide and building out an intersectional analysis to its work, based in racial, gender, economic, reproductive, rural, and environmental injustices in directly affected communities. Georgia WAND is multiracial, cross-class, and interfaith.

Got Green organizes for environmental, racial, and economic justice as a South Seattle-based grassroots organization led by people of color and low income people. Got Green cultivates multi-generational community leaders to be central voices in the Green Movement in order to ensure that the benefits of the green movement and green economy (green jobs, healthy food, energy efficient & healthy homes, public transit) reach low income communities and communities of color.

Healing to Action advances a worker-led movement to end gender violence and envisions worker leaders creating safe, just workplaces and stable economic futures. Healing to Action grew out of the Coalition Against Workplace Sexual Violence, a cross movement collaboration between Chicago’s labor and anti-violence movements that started in 2012.

Jahajee Sisters is a movement-building organization, led by Indo-Caribbean women, committed to creating a safe and equitable society for women and girls. Jahajee Sisters fosters solidarity and empowerment through dialogue, healing, the arts, leadership development and grassroots organizing.

Beginning with Kentucky’s campus communities, KSEC works toward an ecologically sustainable future through the coalescence, empowerment, and organization of the student environmental movement. KSEC is a unified front moving forward on environmental justice through activism, development, and education. KSEC believes in holding campuses, corporations, and governments both responsible and accountable not only in maintaining the environment but allowing ecosystems to live and prosper. KESC seeks to expand its reach and engage our communities by building relationships with non-student driven organizations which stand in solidarity with its cause.

MH Action is a growing national movement of manufactured home community residents who organize their neighbors, build campaigns to protect the affordability and quality of their communities, and fight to advance racial, economic, and gender justice. Its movement is built on a core belief that everyone should have a healthy, vibrant community and decent, affordable place to call home.

Momentum Alliance is a youth-of-color led organization whose mission is to inspire young people to realize their power individually and collectively and to mentor future social justice leaders. 100% of Momentum Alliance’s staff and Board are women and queer trans people of color under 30 -majority being under 25.

Owe Aku works to bring back the beautiful Lakota way of life which includes humanity’s role in nature: we are a part of it, not outside of it, not having dominion over it. To achieve this Owe Aku works to stop mining that contaminates their water and land. Owe Aku has reestablished programs that utilize the wisdom of our ancestors in combatting the effects of inter-generational trauma caused by colonization and the intentional attempts for hundreds of years to destroy our culture.

The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane engages everyday people to build a just and nonviolent world through community organizing and leadership development for human rights, economic justice, and peace.

PrYSM organizes at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation by centering youth, female, queer, and people of color leadership in its campaigns, its organization, and its communities. PrYSM mobilizes queer Southeast Asian youth, families, and allies to build grassroots power and organize collectively for social justice.

Queer the Land (QTL) is a collaboration grounded in the self-determination of Queer and Transgender Black/Indigenous/people of color (QTBIPOC) and the vision of collectively owning our land and labor. QTL is establishing a member-owned cooperative that is anchored by transitional housing, a community center, and community garden for QTBIPOC in the greater Seattle area. QTL’s mission is to create a movement-building space that generates income, eventually becoming self-sufficient, and serves as a hub for Seattle QTBIPOC and its community organizing.

The Rural Organizing Project (ROP) is a statewide organization of locally-based groups that work to create communities accountable to a standard of human dignity: the belief in the equal worth of all people, the need for equal access to justice and the right to self-determination. ROP’s analysis is multi-issue, its activities are multi-tactic and it strategically coordinate our statewide organizing with key partners that counter the Right on every front in rural Oregon.

#VigilantLOVE creates spaces for connection and grassroots movement to ensure the safety and justice of communities impacted by Islamophobia and violence. Building upon the legacy of Muslim American and Japanese American solidarity since 9/11, #VigilantLOVE is a healing and arts-driven organization that counters mainstream narratives of insularity. #VigilantLOVE organizes grassroots movement around Islamophobic ideologies that inflict personal, communal and state violence by creating spaces for connection amongst those identifying as Japanese American, Muslim American, Black, South Asian, Arab, East Asian, Latinx, queer, trans, and interfaith accomplices.

WCRJ is a grassroots organization fighting for Black Liberation and for a fair and inclusive society that benefits all people. WCRJ organizes marginalized Black workers and their families to address the root causes of the high rates of unemployment, low-wage work and over-criminalization plaguing Black communities. To do this, WCRJ focuses on direct action organizing, policy advocacy, leadership development and voter engagement at the municipal and state levels, with the objective of building a caring economy and society that allow Black people to reach their full human potential.

Discretionary Grants: Arch makes 1-2 discretionary grants each year to organizations that do not meet our eligibility criteria per se, but that amplify the work of grassroots community organizations. In 2019, we awarded discretionary grants to two organizations who do cutting edge research and communications on the rising threat of white nationalism.