Woods Fund Chicago has announced its first Movement Building for Racial Justice Fund. The foundation defines movement building as the myriad of ways that organizations working on progressive social change break out of the confines of single issues and organizational silos to make larger connections. In turn, those connections forge collaborations and active partnerships that advance the vision, values, and aligned goals that link them together in principle, although not routinely in shared practice.
The creation of the fund is a response to the current pandemic crisis, which has is profoundly impacting communities of color, particularly black and Latinx communities, and all of the systemic disparities that have affected those communities for generations.
Supporting this type of work requires some of the most brazen and innovative organizers, advocates, and thought leaders in the country — living here in Chicago — to begin long-term planning for a radically changing landscape with regards to racial justice and economic work. The foundation believes that this approach supports its mission, the mission of its grantee partners, and the larger ecosystem of forces working toward the dual goals of building racial justice and combatting debilitating poverty and wealth inequality.
To that end, Woods Fund will seed one movement building collaborative with a two-year, $500,000 grant and seeks proposals that articulate an intersectional lens to movement building, in which a broad spectrum of human identities are represented, that will address root structures and systems, center on those most marginalized, use inclusive organizational models and have a clear vision of the future of Chicago. All proposals must be submitted as a movement building collaborative, in metropolitan Chicago, with a fiscal sponsor that is a current Woods Fund Chicago grantee partner. Woods Fund Chicago grantee partners should make up 50 percent of the co-applicants.
For complete application guidelines and instructions, see the Wood Fund Chicago website.