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2021 Competitive Grantmaking Programs

For over 40 years, Liberty Hill has invested in innovative activism in L.A. Our strategic investments build the power of grassroots community organizing groups to win significant social change. Liberty Hill envisions a society built on racial, economic, environmental and social justice in which all people have a powerful voice. Liberty Hill is a laboratory for social change philanthropy. We leverage the power of community organizers, donor activists and allies to advance social justice through strategic investment in grants, leadership training and campaigns. 

The Fund for Change and Liberty Vote! programs provide general operating support grants up to $50,000 for community and electoral organizing in Los Angeles County. Both grant programs aim to build power in communities most impacted by systemic oppression to advance equity and justice. The Fund for Change funds 501(c)(3) organizations, while Liberty Vote! funds 501(c)(4) organizations. Organizations that are funded through these programs can also receive funds from other Liberty Hill programs, including Liberty Hill capacity building programs through our Wally Marks Leadership Institute.
 

Fund for Change & Liberty Vote! Grant Schedule

Organizations will be considered for either Fund for Change (c3) or Liberty Vote! (c4);
an individual organization will not receive grants from both.

Organization watch Webinar Recording and/or review Slide Deck Varies
Organizations complete Interest and Alignment Form (no longer accepting submissions) February 12, 2021
Liberty Hill invites organizations to complete Fund For Change or Liberty Vote! Application March 1, 2021
Organizations complete Fund For Change or Liberty Vote! Application  April 9, 2021
Liberty Hill staff and Community Funding Board members conduct online “site visits” April and May 2021
Liberty Hill informs organizations of grant decisions August 1, 2021

 

While these are legacy programs for Liberty Hill, we underwent a refreshing of these two programs in 2020, based on community input, to enhance our partnership and impact. Thanks to input from long-time grantees, other grassroots organizations, and Community Funding Board members, we have made commitments to changing grantmaking practices, network building, and capacity building.

Download Liberty Hill Commitments and Grantmaking Changes


Please contact Joanna Kabat, Director of Grantmaking and Capacity Building, with any questions about our fund parameters or the process: jkabat@libertyhill.org

Liberty Hill Commitments

Fund for Change Goal & Strategy

The Fund for Change is Liberty Hill’s primary competitive grantmaking program for 501(c)(3) organizations and provides general operating support grants up to $50,000 for community organizing in Los Angeles County. The Fund for Change aims to build power in communities most impacted by systemic oppression in order to achieve justice and equity. In order to ensure that Liberty Hill continues to support new and growing organizations, the Fund for Change is open to organizations with budgets under $3 million (average over three years).

Liberty Hill believes that lasting social change emerges from community organizing and social change movements. We apply an overarching racial justice lens to our grantmaking, recognizing that the distinct mark of racism is power – collective, systemic, societal power that requires fundamental institutional change to undo it. The Fund for Change supports models of organizing within existing and emerging organizations in low-income, communities of color that:

  • Are driven by a broad and growing base of people who are directly impacted by injustice
  • Develop leaders from a membership base for the purpose of furthering the organization’s mission
  • Build power and increase impact over time
  • Have a clear plan to win concrete systemic or institutional changes to policies and practices, regulations and laws
  • Incorporate multiple organizing strategies such as engaging strategic allies, coalition building, inside-outside strategy, research, advocacy, communications and/or voter engagement
  • Advance racial justice by addressing institutional policies and practices that cause racial inequities 
  • Link local efforts to broader social movements
  • Are representative of the geographic and ethnic/racial diversity of Los Angeles County

Additionally the Fund for Change is committed to supporting new and growing organizations as part of a "Rising Activist" strategy. Special attention will be given to inquiries from organizations that:

  • Have formed within the past 10 years and operate with a small (or no) staff
  • Have budgets below $500,000
  • Work in neighborhoods and areas of the County with historically less substantial nonprofit and organizing infrastructure and investment.
View the Fund for Change Application

Application for reference and transparency, organizations will be invited to apply by March 1st, after filling out alignment form.

Liberty Vote! Goal & Strategy

At Liberty Hill, we believe the people most affected by injustice should be leading the fight for change—from the community meeting to the protest march to the ballot box.

Creating policies to deal with critical issues that disproportionately affect low-income people of color such as the effects of COVID-19, police brutality, and access to health care, education, job opportunity and safety net programs, will increasingly hinge on the voter participation and turnout of the people most affected by these injustices. True change will not be possible unless we ensure their voices are heard and their votes are counted.

Liberty Vote! is the foundation’s program to support electoral organizing that complements the organizing supported through the Fund for Change. It is intended for 501(c)4 organizations that engage in electoral campaigns, advocacy, and other civic engagement strategies in Los Angeles County. As with the Fund for Change, Liberty Vote supports organizations driven by a base of low-income, communities of color who are directly impacted by injustice.

501(c)(4) organizations of any budget size are eligible for Liberty Vote! funds.

Liberty Vote! Has Three Goals:

  1. Build electoral power in communities most impacted by systemic oppression to win progressive public policy
  2. Build the organizational capacity of grassroots nonprofits to incorporate voter empowerment activities into their programs
  3. Increase voter turnout in areas with the lowest voter participation

Liberty Hill is proud to offer Liberty Vote! electoral engagement grants in honor of Gary Stewart, longtime Liberty Hill supporter. To learn more click here.

View the Liberty Vote! Application

Application for reference and transparency, organizations will be invited to apply by March 1st, after filling out alignment form.