Apply to the Another World is Possible Fund

Chinook Fund and Transformative Leadership for Change (TLC) are distributing rapid response grants to grantees and TLC affiliated organizations that are currently responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also prioritizing grants to those who are responding to the simultaneous pandemics of 1) intensified racial violence, perpetuated both by the state (i.e. police) and far right white supremacist/militant groups and 2) increased fascism and authoritarianism.

Announcing 2021 Resilience Grants

Artwork with words "resilience." Image of hands holding a growing chile plant with roots and a yellow background.

© Art by Chetna Mehta @mosaiceye

We are now one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, one year into life changing as we know it. We have lost over half a million lives in the US and over 6,000 in Colorado. These lives have been majority Black, Brown, working-class, frontline, elder, and those with disability and chronic illness. During this past year, we have also lived through intense racial justice reckonings, an election won through the labor of Brown and Black communities, an authoritarian right wing insurgency, and multiple disasters created by this country’s lack of preparedness for climate change.

As we reflect on the events of the past year, a recent bit of wisdom from adrienne maree brown captures this moment: 

“Apocalypse is not in the future. It is a current condition. We are all interconnected, which means we are all, right now, living in an apocalyptic time. We are all interconnected. Denying that, we die. Surrendering to that, we live.”

Chinook Fund and TLC want to honor the incredible wisdom, resilience, and interdependence that our communities have shown up with over the past year. Our leadership, rooted in the deep intergenerational resilience of our ancestors, is lighting a path forward in these times.  

In that spirit, this year’s Another World is Possible Fund grantmaking focus will be to bolster the resilience of the leaders, organizations, and communities we support. We will continue to be a vehicle to provide rapid response funding for crisis and emergent situations. But we want to expand our vision to include funding for ALL the ways we build resilience across our social justice ecosystem: rest, joy, celebration, collaboration, solidarity, restorative & transformative justice, community care, storytelling/reclaiming narratives, healing, grieving, visioning – and more. 

We are putting a call out to Chinook Fund and TLC organizations to define what resilience means to you, and request that support from the Another World is Possible Fund!

We see you courageously building the foundation of a new world out of the ashes of the old, and we hope you will accept this offering of love and gratitude for all that you do!

Grant Amount: We are awarding grants up to $4,000. At this time, organizations are permitted to request support once in 2021. We will share an invitation to request additional funding when funds become available.

To apply, complete the Google Form below. (Access the form here.) To learn more about the Fund, visit www.chinookfund.org/anotherworld or download the detailed fund vision and description: Another World is Possible Fund Overview PDF. Email grants@chinookfund.org with questions.

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Eligibility

  • Organizations who have been funded within the past 12 months by Chinook Fund (currently Spring or Fall 2020 cycle) and/or Organizations who have leaders who participated in the Transformative Leadership for Change fellowship (including the current 2021 cohort)
  • Organizations who are currently active and responding to the impact of COVID-19 on their organizations and communities

Priority will be given to:

  • Newly eligible groups who have not previously received support from this Fund
  • Groups led by and for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and low income communities
  • Groups based outside of the Front Range
  • Groups with annual budgets under $350,000

We are also prioritizing grants to those who are responding to the simultaneous pandemics of 1) intensified racial violence, perpetuated both by the state (i.e. police) and far right white supremacist/militant groups and 2) increased fascism and authoritarianism.

Examples of projects/responses include but are not limited to:

ORGANIZING
* Organizing for safe workplaces & institutions, paid sick leave, wage increases and hazard pay for people providing essential services
* Organizing to demand that institutions like jails, prisons, and detention centers release people/keep them safe and healthy
* Organizing rent/mortgage strikes; essential worker strikes
* Organizing funding for undocumented and other communities left out of mainstream pandemic response
* Organizing to address viral racism and xenophobia, creating anti-racist & anti-discrimination narratives, highlighting impact of pandemic on communities of color
* Organizing around racist state violence such as police/ICE, prisons/detention centers
* Organizing against authoritarianism/fascism while promoting new forms of democracy
* Organizing defense and protection from white nationalist groups and other far-right extremist groups
* Organizing to address the digital divide, creating or upgrading digital infrastructure

RESILIENCE
* Support for conflict resilience and support such as mediation, transformative justice resources, community accountability processes, restorative justice circles, etc.
* Community centered healing projects
* Community-based mutual aid projects, emergency income, food or housing assistance & eviction prevention
* Self/community care for staff including physical/mental/emotional/spiritual wellness
* Projects that promote celebration and joy
* Sabbaticals and other forms of rest
* Storytelling and narrative shifting projects
* Projects that promote solidarity, collaborations, and partnerships
* Visioning

INFRASTRUCTURE
* Emergency outreach, training and education (webinars, social media campaigns, etc) to respond to the crisis, including digital literacy skills
* Support for organizational strategic planning, fundraising, recession-proof budgeting, etc.
* Support for staff and leadership coaching
* Emergency funds to maintain organizational operations due to revenue loss
* Establishing improved sick leave policies or creating sick leave funds for staff
* Preserving medical coverage & covering medical assistance

For more information on this funding opportunity, please email grants@chinookfund.org.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can we apply for multiple grants from this fund?

At this time, organizations are permitted to request support once in 2021. We will share an invitation to request additional funding when funds become available.

What is the deadline to apply?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after March 15th,  2021 and awarded based on the availability of funds. 

When will we hear back after submitting an application?

Applicants will be notified within 30 days about the status of their request. 

When will grant awards be disbursed?

Funds will be disbursed via check or ACH payment within two weeks of the grant award confirmation. ACH payments are preferred and may be arranged by contacting grants@chinookfund.org.

We received a Chinook Fund grant in 2019 or earlier. Are we eligible to apply?

You may be eligible if your organization has a leader who participated in the Transformative Leadership for Change fellowship (including the current 2021 cohort). If you are not affiliated with TLC, then you are not currently eligible for the Another World is Possible Fund. We invite you to apply for a Chinook Fund grant during our regular Fall (September) or Spring (February) deadline.

Will there be reporting requirements?

No. All funds distributed will be general operating support.

Where is the money for this fund coming from?

We are currently accepting contributions from individual donors and foundations. As of March 2021, we have raised nearly $700,000 with a goal of raising $1M total. We have about $280,000 in the grant fund currently. Anyone may make a gift to support this fund at www.chinookfund.org/anotherworld

Who makes decisions about the grants?

Applications will be reviewed by representatives of Transformative Leadership for Change and Chinook Fund. The Another World is Possible review team includes:

  • Courtney Banayad, Former Chinook Fund Board Co-Chair, Director of Membership and Communications at Neighborhood Funders Group
  • Neha Mahajan, Executive Director, Transformative Leadership for Change
  • Crystal Middlestadt, Executive Director, Chinook Fund
  • Judith Marquez,  Transformative Leadership for Change alumni member
  • Jess Nelson, Operations & Grants Manager, Chinook Fund

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