Fund For Change

The Fund for Change is Liberty Hill’s primary competitive grantmaking program for 501(c)(3) organizations


An Historic Investment

Liberty Hill is proud to announce a historic $3.34 million investment in the local grassroots and community organizing ecosystem and its leaders of color in L.A.

This investment is the largest commitment to competitive grantmaking programs in the Foundation’s history.

It will help expand the scope and impact of the Foundation’s Fund for Change and Liberty Vote! grantmaking programs, which provide general operating support grants for community and electoral organizing in L.A. County.

Liberty Hill will distribute a total of more than $3.34 million in two-year general operating grants to 65 grassroots organizations this year—more than tripling the previous Fund for Change disbursement—and expanding the Foundation’s total overall grantmaking portfolio to more than $19 million this year so far.

The Fund for Change provides general operating support grants up to $50,000 for community organizing in Los Angeles County.
The Fund for Change is open to organizations with budgets under $3 million (average over three years).
We apply an overarching racial justice lens to our grantmaking.

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Funding Grassroots Leaders

Liberty Hill 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 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

Grantmaking Commitments

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.

Emerging & Rising Activists

The Fund for Change is committed to supporting new and growing organizations as part of a "Rising Activist" strategy.

With a unique focus on emerging organizations who represent underrepresented communities with limited existing nonprofit infrastructure, investments in these groups are particularly critical as low income people of color continue to be displaced from central areas of the County to neighborhoods where fewer institutions exist to advocate for historically oppressed communities.

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Rising Activists
We know it works. Frontline community activists are leading the fight toward a just recovery and we are proud to remain fully committed to our mission of building people power and fighting for a future where Justice for All is realized.
Shane Murphy Goldsmith
President/CEO, Liberty Hill Foundation

2021 Fund for Change Grantees


The Fund for Change and Liberty Vote! cycles for 2022 are currently closed.

Please check back in 2022 and early 2023 for more information about our next open cycles, or reach out to Joanna Kabat, Director of Grantmaking and Capacity Building, with any questions.

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