Apply for a Grant

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North Star Fund supports grassroots activism and organizing to achieve social justice and the common good. Our applications are designed to be simple and to the point, so that we have the information we need to make strategic decisions without burdening the grant-seeker with excess paperwork.

North Star Fund has two grant cycles per year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. The spring cycle deadline is on or about February 15 and the fall cycle deadline is on or about September 15. Applications are accepted beginning six weeks before the deadline.

The next application deadline will be:
Monday, September 15, 2014 at 5 PM.

Funding Guidelines

To review our guidelines and determine your eligibility to apply for a North Star Fund grant, please review What We Fund and our Grant Categories.

Application process

  • To be considered for funding, you must complete an application and submit it to the North Star Fund office by the deadline. Please read all application instructions carefully, as there are multiple grantmaking programs with different application forms.
  • You must mail, email, or hand-deliver your application, and it must be at the North Star Fund office by the deadline. Late applications postmarked by the due date will not be considered. Emailed applications will receive an email receipt within 72 hours of the deadline. Your application is not complete until you receive this confirmation.
  • Our Community Funding Committee will evaluate your application and determine whether to request a site visit with your group. If you are selected, a representative of North Star Fund will contact you to set up a site visit.
  • Grants are awarded approximately 3 months after the application deadline.

Download an Application

Application Instructions for all Grant Categories

Download Application Instructions

For organizations whose organizing budget is different from its total budget: Download a copy of the budget calculator worksheet.

Grassroots Action Grants

Download the Grassroots Action Application Form (Excel file)

Movement Leadership Grants

Download the Movement Leadership Application Form (Excel file)

Movement Leadership Renewal Grants

Download the Movement Leadership Renewal Application Form (Excel file)

Innovative Activism Grants

We are not currently accepting applications for Innovative Activism Grants. The next deadline will be on February 13, 2015. Please check back on our website in January 2015.

Assistance: If you have difficulty downloading these documents, or if you have any other questions, please call the North Star Fund office at 212-620-9110.

How to Apply Workshop

North Star Fund will hold a How to Apply Workshop on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Click here to RSVP. If you have questions about the application process, call us at (212) 620-9110 after reviewing the information on our website.