CCF Disperses First Round of Still We Rise Grants

Rapid Response Funding Empowers Vulnerable Communities to Challenge the Shifting Political Landscape

Oakland, CA (June 26, 2017) - Common Counsel Foundation (CCF) today announced its first round of Still We Rise (SWR) grants totaling $65,000 to 13 community-based organizations across the country that are amplifying the voice of vulnerable communities and supporting their responses to the rollback of decades of hard-fought social and economic progress. This is the first round of grants to be made from CCF’s newest fund, Still We Rise – a pooled fund designed to facilitate and accelerate funding to groups led by members of vulnerable populations to ensure community safety in the short-term and move a long-term agenda that advances progressive community-led change. “We launched the Still We Rise Fund after listening deeply to the concerns expressed by grassroots and movement leaders regarding the urgent need for additional resources to step up in the new political moment – and we have been flooded with requests for support ever since,” stated CCF CEO, Laura Livoti.

Not surprisingly, the majority of both the applications and grants awarded were for community defense activities, know your rights trainings, as well as campaigns to enact inclusive policies at the local level such as sanctuary for immigrants.  Other awards included convening community-based allies to develop short- and intermediate-term responses to the new political moment.  Below are three highlights:

The full list of the inaugural cycle of SWR grants is included below.

SWR will continue to make grants to support community-based groups that are addressing emergent needs or amplified threats and opportunities in this uncertain political climate. Applications are received on the first Monday of each month, and decisions are made within four-five weeks through a community-review board. More information about SWR, including how to apply or contribute to this pooled fund, can be found at http://www.commoncounsel.org/still-we-rise-fund/

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Still We Rise Fund Grants 
(as of 6/21/17)

  1. Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy - Ventura, CA
  2. Center for Neighborhood Leadership - Phoenix, AZ
  3. Faith In Action Bay Area - San Carlos, CA
  4. Filipino Migrant Center - Long Beach, CA
  5. Garment Worker Center - Los Angeles, CA
  6. Iraq Veterans Against the War - New York, NY
  7. Latino Union of Chicago - Chicago, IL
  8. Movement for Justice in El Barrio - New York, NY
  9. Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development - Garden Grove, CA
  10. POWER: An Interfaith Movement - Philadelphia, PA
  11. Rural Organizing Project - Scappoose, OR
  12. The Black Land and Liberation Initiative - Oakland, CA
  13. Voice of the Experienced  - New Orleans, LA