Truthworker Theater Company members on stage

Grantee: Truthworker Theater Company

North Star Fund is proud to announce our latest New York City grants. We’re granting a total of $270,000 to 27 organizations for their work to build power for New York City communities that are taking on injustice. Get to know these groups here, and through the three categories of grants in this cycle: Catalyst Grants, Innovative Activism and Grassroots Action.

Catalyst Grants

North Star Fund’s Catalyst grants support new and emerging organizations built by New Yorkers who are organizing for new solutions to challenges created in our city by inequity and injustice. Like all our grantees, these organizations are led by New Yorkers who are directly impacted by the issues they are taking on.

These grants include access to resources to help them grow their leadership and develop their strategies. We offer these organizations streamlined renewals for up to six years so that they can grow and flourish.

Many organizations use these grants as leverage to approach other foundations and major donors to build support for taking their work to the next level.

AF3IRM NYC – $5,000

Women coming together from South Asian, Latina and Asian communities working to end human trafficking by building their political knowledge and leadership using an arts-based, trauma-informed approach.

AF3IRM NYC on the web

Alliance of Families for Justice – $10,000

Leader of Alliance of Families for Justice speaking at microphoneA Harlem-based organization supporting families with incarcerated loved ones to organize for reasonable visitation rules, speak up for humane prison conditions and demand an end to mass incarceration.

Alliance of Families for Justice on the web

Black Youth Project 100 – $10,000

A member-based organization of 18- to 35-year-olds training emerging Black activists in direct action and other tools of grassroots organizing to stop the over-policing and abuse of Black bodies.

BYP100 on the web

New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement – $5,000

A network of currently and formerly incarcerated people, their families and advocates shining a light on the torturous reality of solitary confinement so that New York State will ban its use.

New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement on the web

Parole Preparation Project – $10,000

A group of volunteer advocates who help people serving life sentences apply for parole, as well as to challenge the composition of the Board of Parole.

Parole Preparation Project on the web

Grassroots Action Grants

Twice a year, we award grants to dozens of organizations led by New Yorkers who are directly impacted by injustice and are determined to change the rules of the game.

These organizations maintain a track record of membership involvement and conduct effective campaigns that hold local government, business and policy leaders accountable to listen to the perspectives of the community members.

Grassroots Action grants are our largest grant category. These grants sustain numerous existing organizations who have received previous grants from us.

Social justice isn’t achieved overnight, so we provide years of support as these grantees take on the long, difficult struggles for justice in our city.

BronxPOWER – $10,000

An immigrant-led organizing project working with Bronx youth and parents to transform the public educations system and end the school-to-prison pipeline.

BronxPOWER on the web

Chinese Staff and Workers Association – $10,000

A long-running workers’ center organizing Chinatown workers across trades—from bicycle delivery drivers to home health care workers—for fair wages and better working conditions.

Chinese Staff and Workers Association on the web

Crown Heights Tenant Union / Urban Homesteading Assistance Board – $10,000

A 900-household strong project of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board in Crown Heights, Brooklyn fighting to preserve rent-regulated housing and prevent local displacement.

Crown Heights Tenant Union / Urban Homesteading Assistance Board on the web

Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) – $15,000

A powerful, long-running coalition of low-income renters and NYCHA tenants united to fight the gentrification of downtown Brooklyn and to preserve federal housing funds.

FUREE on the web
Flatbush Tenant Coalition members with banner

Flatbush Tenant Coalition – $15,000

A member-led group of over 65 tenant associations organizing over 20,000 Brooklyn rent-stabilized tenants, mostly immigrant women from the West Indies, for rent freezes and housing court reform.

Flatbush Tenant Coalition on the web

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – $10,000

A housing justice organization based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, organizing for permanent affordable housing and against displacement and the gentrification of this long-running immigrant community.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors on the web

New Sanctuary Coalition – $10,000

A community of congregations, citizens and immigrants working together to provide sanctuary and stop the deportation of New York immigrants under threat. New* (More than five years since their latest grant)

New Sanctuary Coalition on the web

Parent Action Committee / New Settlement Apartments – $10,000

Immigrant mothers and grandmothers in the South Bronx elevating parents’ voices and perspectives to advance culturally responsive education and other strategies to decrease inequities in NYC public schools.

Parent Action Committee on the web

Rockaway Youth Task Force – $10,000

A youth-founded and youth-led organization in the Rockaways developing politically-conscious youth leadership to fight for food justice, and an end to discriminatory policing and punitive school discipline policies.

Rockaway Youth Task Force on the web

Sapna NYC – $10,000

An organizing project by and for immigrant South Asian women in Northeast Bronx building relationships to address the physical and mental health, economic security, and leadership of its members.

Sapna NYC on the web

Street Vendor Project – $10,000

A vibrant network of entrepreneurs, many who are immigrants, veterans or women of color, organizing against police harassment while advocating for reasonable permits and legal vending spaces on the streets of New York.

Street Vendor Project on the web

Teachers Unite – $10,000

NYC public school educators demanding that the Department of Education divest from the New York Police Department and invest in restorative justice while also supporting staff to implement restorative practices in classrooms.

Teachers Unite on the web

Innovative Activism

North Star Fund has enthusiastically supported grassroots organizing since our inception. We also realize that organizing takes many forms and can complement other approaches. These organizations create entry points to campaigns in diverse places including community centers, parks, theaters and other public spaces.

Our Innovative Activism grants are $10,000 awards to support arts and activism, resources for organizing, and alternative institutions.

The BLK Projek

Kids planting seeds with adult at BLK ProjekA Black-led food justice project based in the Bronx that engages residents in active conversations about food systems, farming and nutrition using a food truck and an urban farm.

The BLK Projek on the web

Center for Third World Organizing

A long-running activist leadership development project training New Yorkers in outreach, fundraising, organizing and political strategy to build new local movements for justice and resistance.

CTWO on the web

Global Action Project

An innovator in youth-led media for social change, training young New Yorkers who have produced hundreds of videos on a range of topics, focusing this year on stories of youth impacted by discriminatory policing

Global Action Project on the web

Hattie Carthan Community Food Projects

A Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, community organization creating green jobs for Black youth while expanding fresh food access and providing intergenerational training about food justice and healing.

Hattie Carthan Community Food Projects on the web

S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective

A leadership development project for middle- and high-school girls and femmes, most of who are court-involved, sharing tools and skills to end school suspensions, gender-based violence and incarceration.

S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective on the web

Sure We Can

A cooperative of New Yorkers who rely on discarded recyclables as their primary source of income, working to ensure fair prices for worker-members and to promote a culture of environmental stewardship in North Brooklyn.

Sure We Can on the web

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

An innovative arts organization that partners with local social justice movements to craft short plays where community members literally insert themselves to design solutions to the problems caused by injustice.

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC on the web

Truthworker Theater Company

A social-justice-based, hip-hop theatre company for high school and college-aged youth in Brooklyn producing original art about mass incarceration and gender-based violence.

Truthworker Theater Company is the 2018 Baker Memorial Grant Recipient | North Star Fund awards an annual grant in memory of C. Edward Baker—an activist legal scholar and long-time North Star Fund donor devoted to First Amendment rights.

Truthworker Theater Company on the web

Women’s Organizing Network

A Brooklyn-based project connecting local social justice workers to support each other as they reposition women’s leadership and center anti-sexism approaches in our local movements for justice.

Women’s Organizing Network on the web

Worker-Owned Rockaway Cooperatives

A economic innovation project for emerging worker-owned cooperatives in Far Rockaway, Queens, that supports local ownership by people of color and previously low-income workers in communities hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Worker-Owned Rockaway Cooperatives on the web

Thank you to all the North Star Fund donors who make these grants possible through you ongoing support for justice movements in New York!

Featured image: Truthworker Theater Company photo by Alixa Garcia

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