Monday, July 23, 2007

Seed Money for Southern State Organizations Addressing Social Change Through Organizing

Fund for Southern Communities Offers Support for Social Change Groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina

Deadline: September 1, 2007

The Fund for Southern Communities ( ) is a public foundation that supports and unites organizations and donors working to create just and sustainable communities that are free of oppression and that embrace and celebrate all people. Through grantmaking and related activities, the fund seeks to foster social change initiated by community-based groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

FSC supports small community groups working against racism and for environmental justice, women's rights, youth development, LGBTQ rights, worker's rights, civil and disability rights, and other issues that address social change through community organizing. The fund provides seed grants to new projects or general or project support to small organizations with organizational budgets of $150,000 or less.

The fund does not make grants for direct services, social services, or special events. Applications must include a copy of the applicant organization's tax-exempt determination letter or fiscal sponsor's letter. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 each.

Complete program information and grant application are available at the FSC Web site. RFP Link:


Erika-Nicole said...

I have yet to come across a funder giving monies to an start up nonprofit. Where are they? Everyone wants you to already have a 501(c)3 status but even that takes money.

Arlene M. Spencer said...

I understand your frustration. It is 'the chicken or the egg?', isn't it.

The Foundation Center ( has some great basics info for those starting to search for grants for non profits.

They provide a well-respected, annually updated, grant research resource called The Foundation Directory, and its equivalent on CD ROM (for computer searches) called The Foundation Center's Database. These are very helpful tools in seeking grants.

The Foundation Center of course offers these collections for a fee through subscription, or YOU CAN USE BOTH OF THESE RESOURCES FOR FREE at any of the many public libraries across the U.S. that has The Foundation Center's Directory and Database. The 300+ public libraries that have these are called Cooperating Collections by The Foundation Center. You can look up where the nearest public library is to you at

Once you begin your grant research in the Directory or Database, look up "seed money", your organization's cause/issue, and whatever region or state you live in. You WILL see some grant donors offer these.

I've written a post that may also help you, "How Do We Afford Grant Writing?" at

If I haven't answered your question, email me directly at aspencer at thegrantplant dot com. I'm happy to help.

Best, Arlene

Arlene M. Spencer said...

One more thought...

The other thing that I didn't write in my response (but should have) is that when an organization is starting up but does not yet have it's 501(c)(3) status, grant donors will donate to the start up through another non profit that does have it's 501(c)(3) status. In other words, if you find a sponsor organization that agrees to receive and pass 100% of a
grant that your start up receives onto your organization (have a lawyer draft an agreement between your start up and that sponsor non profit) that is legal, commonly done, and a great way for your group to raise some grant money without having to have the official non profit status,

Thank you for reading my blog and for posting your question.

Best, Arlene