2021 Transformative Organizing Grants

In July, Arch Community Fund made 14 multi-year commitments to support transformative organizing work. These grantees were selected from Arch’s previous cohorts of one-year grants. Each grant was approved at $25,000 per year for three years. 2021 grantees include:

  • Anti Police-Terror Project )(APTP) (Oakland, CA) - a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color by supporting families surviving police terror, documenting police abuses, and connecting impacted families with resources, legal referrals, and opportunties for healing.
  • API Equality Northern California (APIENC) (San Francisco, CA) - builds queer and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander power to amplify voices and increase the visibility of these communities. Through organizing, APIENC inspires and trains grassroots leaders, transforms values from scarcity to abundance, and partners with organizations to sustain a vibrant movement ecosystem.
  • Asian Solidarity Collective (ASC) (Chula Vista, CA) - activates Asian American social justice consciousness, condemns anti-Blackness, and builds Asian solidarity intersectionality with Black, Brown and Indigenous folks, people with disabilities, queer and transpeople of color and all oppressed communities.
  • Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) (Santa Rosa, CA / National) - a QBPOC-led organization that partners with young folks of color from poor and working-class backgrounds to meet their communities’ needs through food and land co-ops. CoFED is building the leadership of young BIPOC cooperators to practice cooperative values, economics, and strategies for collective liberation.
  • Critical Resistance (CR) (CA, NY, OR) - seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. CR believes that basic necessities such as food, water, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure.
  • Dream Action Oklahoma (DAOK) (Oklahoma City, OK) - a community-based organization that aims to empower the local immigrant community through advocacy and education to ensure justice for all immigrants.
  • Firelands (Rural WA) - is grocery workers, mill workers, nurses, cannery workers, loggers, childcare providers, cooks, home health aides, parents and students organizing in the small towns and rural communities they love and call home to win an economy that respects workers, communities and the land.
  • Freedom to Thrive (formerly Enlace) (Portland, OR / National) - works to build a world where safety means investment in people and planet and end the punishment-based criminal and immigration systems.
  • Georgia WAND Education Fund (Atlanta, GA) - 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.
  • Healing to Action (HtA) (Chicago, IL) - advances a worker-led movement to end gender violence and envisions worker leaders creating safe, just workplaces and stable economic futures. HtA grew out of a cross movement collaboration between Chicago’s labor and anti-violence movements that started in 2012. Today, HtA continues to respond to the broader and ongoing demand of survivors to address the root causes of gender-based violence, including economic inequity, racial injustice, ableism, and heteropatriarchy.
  • Jahajee Sisters (New York, NY) - 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.
  • Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition (KSEC) (KY - statewide) - works toward an ecologically sustainable future through the coalescence, empowerment, and organization of the student environmental movement. 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 communities by building relationships with non-student driven organizations which stand in solidarity with its cause.
  • Owe Aku International Justice Project (Pine Ridge Reservation, SD) - 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 intergenerational trauma caused by colonization and the intentional attempts for hundreds of years to destroy our culture.
  • #VigilantLOVE (Los Angeles, CA) - 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.

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 2021, we awarded two discretionary grants to work that met the urgency of the moment.