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Resist, founded in 1967, was originally formed to oppose the war
in Vietnam and to support draft resistance. By the 1970s, Resist
expanded its scope dramatically by making the connection between
the unequal distribution of power and money at home, and a system
of U.S. domination abroad. Today, Resist remains a political
organization committed to radical social change, and the activist
groups that are funded reflect Resists goal of an equitable
distribution of wealth and power. As such, Resist funds small
budget groups who struggle towards a broad vision of social
justice, while continuing to oppose political and institutional

Resist also funds local solidarity organizations for movements in
many different parts of the world.

Resist seeks to fund organizations that are actively part of a
movement for social change and that demonstrate an understanding
of the connections among oppressions. As part of the application
process, potential grantees must provide specific information
concerning their position, programs and coalition work on a range
of important issues. Resist seeks an honest evaluation from
organizations about their position, or lack of a position, on
issues of race, class, gender, reproductive rights, lesbian and
gay rights, age and disability. Resist believes that building a
movement for social change requires groups to discuss issues that
may not be central to their organization or work. For those
organizations who have not had the opportunity to address these
issues, they hope that their grant process will help to
facilitate such discussions.

Resist gives small but timely grants and loans to grassroots
groups engaged in activist organizing and educational work within
movements for social change. Resist defines organizing as
collective action to challenge the status quo, demand changes in
policy and practice, and educate communities about root causes
and just solutions. Resist recognizes that there are a variety of
stages and strategies that lead to community organizing.
Therefore, they support strategies that build community,
encourage collaborations with other organizations, increase
skills and/or access to resources, and produce leadership from
the constituency being most directly affected.

High priority is given to groups that fall outside of mainstream
funding sources because they are considered to be too "radical."

To this end, Resist supports both on-going or new projects that
address social and/or economic injustice. A sample of Resists
interests include: community organizing and anti-racism projects;
economic justice; environmental protection; the struggle for gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgendered rights; health, AIDS and
disability issues; labor; progressive media and culture
resources; Native Americans/native peoples;
peace/anti-militarism; prisoners; women; and youth. Resist also
funds local solidarity organizations for movements in many
different parts of the world.

Resist funds organizations that:

a.. organize or educate people to take action;
b.. encourage alliances and collaboration among social change
c.. promote innovative approaches to organizing; and
d.. promote organizational longevity (e.g. through development
of fund raising strategies, publicity and outreach campaigns)
As defined above, organizations with an annual budget of $125,000
or less may apply for a one-year grant with the maximum amount
requested not to exceed $3,000. Resist provides funds for general
support as a means of enabling grantees to build infrastructure
and capacity while engaged in on-going social justice activism. A
description of our tribute grants can be found here.

Multi-Year Grant Program
Grantees who have been funded by Resist at least two times during
the preceding five years may apply for a multi-year grant.
Multi-year grants will cover a three year period and are designed
to provide general support to eligible grantee organizations. All
multi-year applicants must: 1) submit answers to Resist's
Multi-Year Grant Questionnaire, and 2) be currently eligible to
receive grant awards under Resist's Funding Guidelines.

Technical Assistance:
Resist will provide small awards to enable existing grantees to
attend technical assistance opportunities. Grantees who have been
funded at least two times during the preceding five years may
apply for a Technical Assistance grant. Funds will be available
on a quarterly basis and will be dispersed on a first come-first
serve basis. Proposals are reviewed and grants awarded within a
two week time frame for trainings that will occur within 3-5
months of the award. Funding guidelines for technical assistance
grants can be found here.

Emergency grants of up to $300 are available on an as-needed
basis. These grants are designed to help groups respond quickly
to unexpected organizing needs. While it is impossible to
precisely define an emergency, these grants are generally given
to provide support for demonstrations or other events arising
from a political crisis. These grants are not intended to provide
a safety net for groups who have failed to adequately plan for
their financial needs, or who have missed the regular funding

Resist is committed to supporting projects that enable all people
to participate in the movement for social justice. Resist will
fund the additional costs of projects or events which will make
them accessible to people with disabilities (e.g. signers for
events, or wheelchair accessible venues) for amounts up to
$3,000. Application procedures are the same as for priority
grants and are considered at Resist board meetings. Decisions on
accessibility grants are based on the potential success of the
underlying project.

Resist has a revolving loan fund for groups that are planning
direct mailings, fund raising events, subscription campaigns and
other projects that are intended to raise money. Groups can also
apply to the Resist loan fund for advance payments on bus rentals
to transport members to marches or rallies. Loans are available
in increments of $500 up to $3,000. Loan recipients are expected
to repay the loan within six months unless a specific agreement
has been made to the contrary. Application procedures for loans
are the same as for grants and are considered at Resist board
meetings. Decisions on loans are based on the potential success
of the project, the group's ability to repay the loan, as well as
Resist's previously stated priorities for grantmaking.

Range of Grants: $300 - $3,000

Please feel free to call them at 617/623-5110 if you have any
questions about the application process or the suitability of
your project for funding.

Deadlines: 1 June, 1 August and 1 October