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
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 email@example.com with questions.
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