Grassroots Hurricane Relief Fund

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which has devastated much of the tri-state area, North Star Fund announces the Grassroots Hurricane Relief Fund to help the most vulnerable residents and communities in our region recover. Funds will be put to immediate use supporting grassroots organizations and activists who are aiding disenfranchised families and communities cope with this disaster and recover from it.

Because this is a crisis and we want to award grants quickly, the application form is very short and we will aim for a two-week turnaround time to respond to requests.

While North Star Fund's activist led grantmaking model focuses on the five boroughs, for this special initiative we want to be there for organizers and activists in New Jersey, Long Island and Connecticut as well. It is a moment that we must think and act as a region.

Purpose of Grants:
The Grassroots Hurricane Relief Fund will support community-based organizations, in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, to provide information, direct support and advocacy for needed services to their communities.

Grant Amounts:
Up to $5,000.

Eligible Groups:
Organizations are eligible for funding if they meet the following conditions:

  • Budget under $800,000
  • Organization engaged in community organizing or providing direct services to marginalized communities (e.g. low-income communities, communities of color, immigrant communities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ communities, youth, seniors, etc.)
  • Located in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, or southern Connecticut

Priority will be given to current and former North Star Fund grantees.

Deadline and application instructions:
Please download the application form here. If you have any difficulty with the application form, please contact our office at (212) 620-9110.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through November 30, 2012.

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