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SEIRN has created the Cultivating Resistance Fund to support groups and organizations seeking to strengthen and amplify their community organizing efforts; and/or build solidarity with other immigrant, refugee, and Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities.

REQUIREMENTS:

In order to apply for a mini-grant groups and organizations must:

  • Be an active SEIRN member for at least 3 months by the time of applying for a mini-grant. For joint proposals, the organization requesting and receiving the funds should be a SEIRN member. 

  • Be a grassroots group or a non-profit organization with a budget not exceeding $500,000. 

  • Request funds to support community organizing efforts or efforts to build solidarity with other immigrant/refugee/Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities. 

  • Guarantee that NONE of the funds will be used for any partisan purposes.

2024 TIMELINE:

  • Third mini-grant cycle:

    • The applications will open on April 15th and close on May 30th at 5:00 pm ET

    • Award notifications will go out the first week of July.

    • Processing of awards is expected to be completed by mid-July, contingent upon the prompt submission of required paperwork by organizations/ groups. 

  • Fourth mini-grant cycle: 

    • ​The applications for the fourth mini-grant cycle will open on August 7th and close on September 6th at 5:00 pm ET.

    • Award notifications for the 4th cycle will go out by mid October.

    • Processing of awards is expected to be completed by early November, contingent upon the prompt submission of required paperwork by organizations/ groups.

MINI-GRANT PROCESS:
Interested groups will need to fill out the application form detailing the purpose of the project, goals, and a simple budget.


Groups and organizations outside North Carolina can apply for a maximum of $2,000, and groups in North Carolina can apply for a maximum of $5,000. Joint proposals of 2 or more groups will be prioritized and considered for higher mini-grant amounts. 

Not every group that applies will receive a mini-grant and not every group will receive the amount they are requesting.


The Cultivating Resistance Fund Selection Committee will evaluate the applications and approve or deny the mini-grant request.


Groups that have received a grant can reapply the following cycle; however, priority will be given to groups that have not yet received a grant. 


Each group that receives a mini-grant will need to sign a grant agreement letter listing how the funds will be used and guaranteeing that the funds will not be used for partisan purposes. 

REPORTING:  

The date to submit the report will be listed on the agreement letter. Groups will receive a form to complete as a report a month before the reports are due. 

2023 GRANTEES: 

Alabama Latino AIDS Coalition, AL • *Asheboro Latinxs Services, NC • Buford Highway People's Hub, GA • Comité de Acción Popular, NC • Comunidad Vida Nueva, NC • Dreamers Mothers in Action, VA • Familias Unidas en Acción, LA • Fuerza Latina Unida para Triunfar, NC • Home is Here NOLA, LA • Justicia y Esperanza, NC • Mä hñäkihu Language Preservation, NC • *Mujerxs Organizando Oportunidades Notables, NC • People's Power Lab, NC • Somos South Georgia, GA • The Living Hope Wheelchair Association, TX • Unidxs Western North Carolina, NC • Valores, NC • Watauga County Immigrant Justice Coalition, NC • *Women Working Together, FL​

*Received a mini-grant in the 1st and 2nd cycle

CULTIVATING RESISTANCE FUND SELECTION COMMITTEE:  

Cat Bao Le, SEAC Village and SEIRN Board Member, NC • Dulce Morales, Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción, NC • Kosar Kosar, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and SEIRN Board Member, TN •

Leticia Casildo, Familias Unidas en Acción, LA • Maria Jimenez, Comité de Acción Popular, NC •  Nayely Pérez-Huerta, SEIRN, NC • 

Veronica Zavaleta, Unidas Sin Fronteras, TN

FOR QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT:  

Nayely Pérez-Huerta: nayely@seirn.org • 919-341-9796

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