Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s theory of change
People most affected by a problem are in the best position to determine the solutions. Therefore, leadership development is an essential component of social change work.
True change occurs only when underlying, systemic forces are understood and addressed.
Grassroots, constituent-led organizing is among the most effective means to create social change. They define organizing as collective action from the bottom up that challenges the status quo, demands changes in policy and practice, educates communities about root causes, and advocates and agitates for systemic and just solutions.
Finally, lasting change occurs when Social Justice Movements are built from the ground up and grassroots groups come together across sectors and constituencies to work for the common principles of Human Rights and Justice for All.
Furthermore, the Grassroots Organizing for Social Change program supports organizations that share and embody this theory of change.
Application process for Grassroots nonprofit
Step 1 – Above all, carefully read guidelines – Familiarize yourself with what we fund, our priorities & restrictions, to ensure a good fit
Step 2 – Complete Pre-application by reviewing grant cycles. Register or Log in to their platform to complete pre-application
Step 3 – Even more, complete the full proposal – If invited, submit full proposal by relevant deadline
Guidelines and priorities
The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the United States. The one-year grants for up to $25,000 is for organizations with budgets under $500,000. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply.
The foundations goals are to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. Therefore, they focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change rather than on the specific issues the organization is addressing.
So, they will only consider proposals from grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community-organizing and base-building strategies to accomplish their goals.
Priority Strategies Areas
* Community & ally outreach
* Leadership development
* Constituent empowerment & decision-making
* Popular education
* Root cause analysis
* Power analysis
* Campaign development
* Mobilizing constituents & allies
* Coalition building
* Direct action
Applications are to be submitted through their online grant management system This tutorial can be useful.
Once you have determined that your organization fits their funding guidelines and funding priorities, you will need to submit the application by October 15, 2018.