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North Star Fund makes strategic grants from the day activists begin to organize, through months and years of planning, heightened moments of public demonstration, meetings with legislators, and coalition-building—the result is victories that change policies and transform lives in our city and our nation.
We support grassroots activists who go beyond band-aid solutions to address the root causes of injustice. They use a strategy called community organizing to build the “people power” to make real change.
North Star Fund is upending the model of traditional philanthropy where wealthy outsiders make all the decisions. We put the decision making of our grants in the hands of our activist-led Community Funding Committee, made up of majority organizers and activists working in the communities where we make grants.
North Star Fund makes grants in New York City and the Hudson Valley. In addition, we provide strategic advice, coaching, and trainings to help activist groups thrive and win real change. At this time, we are only accepting applications for Rapid Response Grants.
North Star Fund supports grassroots organizations that are led by people directly impacted by injustice, especially low-income people of color. Groups that receive North Star Fund grants have a strong social justice vision and are working for systemic change, rather than solely individual empowerment. They practice democracy internally, and are led by their members. They build the leadership and political analysis of their members, and they engage in advocacy campaigns that change laws, policies, or the public narrative around their issues. We prioritize organizations that are too new, too small, or too controversial for other foundations to take a risk on.
For more detailed information, Check Your Eligibility.
New York City Grants
Catalyst Grants – Seed funding for grassroots groups under six years old
Grassroots Action Grants – Operating support for successful grassroots organizing groups
Movement Leadership Grants – Supports established organizing groups to move to the next level
Let Us Breathe Grants – Supports fair and just policing as well as resilient and economically sustainable Black communities
Innovative Activism Grants – Supports arts and activism, resources for organizing, and alternative institutions
Rapid Response Grants – Supports responses to unforeseen breaking political developments
Hudson Valley Grants
Hudson Valley Momentum Grants – Supports smaller grassroots groups from Westchester to Albany
Accessing our Grantmaking Platform
If you are trying to access an existing application, login at our online submission website (Submittable).
Check out our workshops for grantees, download report forms, and helpful links on our Grantee Resources page.