North Star Fund makes Rapid Response grants year-round to support organizing and activism in response to urgent threats or breaking opportunities for needs that could not have otherwise been anticipated.
Most of these grants go to organizations that have received grants through our other programs, enabling them to respond to events that emerged since their latest grants. Rapid Response grants support our grantees to be nimble and in some cases can help to bring their campaigns the final steps to victory.
Our Rapid Response grants from January to June, 2018 allowed for a powerful local response to the ICE family separation crisis, supported the final push to win FairFares, fought gentrification and more!
Adhikaar – $5,000 for conducting Know Your Rights clinics for Nepali immigrants affected by the abrupt end of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from Nepal.
Bronx POWER – $5,000 for organizing youth and parents to keep one public school from closing and oppose plans for the Success Academy charter school to take over space in another school.
Brooklyn Movement Center – $5,000 to support “the real Saheed” campaign painting a realistic picture of Saheed “Sy” Vassell while also demanding transparency and accountability from the NYPD for his murder.
CAAAV Organizing Asian American Communities – $1,000 for organizing a powerful contingent of impacted communities and allies in support of immigrant children separated from their families as part of a nationwide call to action for June 30, 2018.
Community Voices Heard – $5,000 for a mass mobilization to put pressure on Mayor de Blasio to commit an additional $1 billion per year in city funds to NYCHA repairs.
Green Light NY: Driving Together – $5,000 for a statewide lobby day in Albany for immigrant New Yorkers affected by the inaccessibility of drivers licenses to meet with legislators and push for change.
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice – $2,000 for supporting local residents organizing to save the Rivington House, a former nursing home for people with HIV/AIDS, from being converted into condos.
Metropolitan Council on Housing – $2,000 for organizing a statewide mobilization for stronger rent laws and tenant protections as well as neighborhood-level organizing to oppose the impending Inwood rezoning plan.
Movement for Justice in El Barrio – $2,500 for a protest, press conference and candlelight vigil in support of immigrant children separated from their families who are being held in East Harlem.
NYC Coalition for Educational Justice – $3,500 to pressure Mayor de Blasio for their campaign to advance culturally responsive education in public schools, resulting in a $23 million investment in resources including anti-bias training.
Release Aging People in Prison – $5,000 to ramp up campaign efforts to reform the policies, practices and personnel associated with the New York State Parole Board in light of the unexpected release of Herman Bell.
Riders Alliance – $3,450 for a final strategic push to win the campaign for FairFares, the reduced-price Metrocard program for low-income New Yorkers which will launch in 2019.
Urban Youth Collaborative – $2,000 for a student-led town hall to push back on the mayor’s calls to further militarize NYC public schools in the wake of the growing national debate on gun violence.
Yaffed – $3,290 to produce a video to fight misinformation around a new state law that weakens educational standards for yeshivas and to call for access to a high-quality education for yeshiva students.