Overview - Common Counsel Foundation

Common Counsel Foundation and our partners focus resources on dynamic and effective approaches to community organizing and movement building that translates into expanded community power and capacity to advance policy change and other forms of structural change.

The organizations we and our funding partners support our led by communities that have been excluded and pushed to the margins by systems of oppression.

Common Counsel Foundation accepts open Letters of Inquiry (LOI) each year on January 15 and June 15. If that date falls on a holiday or weekend day, the deadline would be the next business day. Apply here through our online system.


Our funding partners engage in both proactive and responsive (open) grantmaking cycles. The funds and families that have open cycles are listed below for more information.

Abelard Foundation West

The Abelard Foundation is a family foundation with 50 years of experience in progressive philanthropy. The Foundation is committed to supporting grassroots social change organizations in predominantly low-income communities and communities of color that seek to expand community control over economic, social and environmental decisions affecting their communities’ wellbeing. Abelard Foundation has an open Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process for qualifying organizations, however full proposals are accepted by invitation only.

Acorn Foundation

Established in 1978, the Acorn Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to supporting community-based organizations working for environmental conservation, sustainability and environmental justice. Acorn Foundation has an open Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process for qualifying organizations, however full proposals are accepted by invitation only.

Kindle Project

The Kindle Project provides “out of the box” funding to people and projects taking meaningful risks to advance change. Kindle prioritizes organizations and projects that approach their work with creativity, innovation, resiliency, collaboration, humor, and courage. More information about Kindle’s innovative efforts can be found on their website.


Common Counsel Foundation facilitates grants to grassroots organizing groups and other change efforts that are part of broader intersectional movements for social justice.

Grassroots Exchange Fund (GXF)

The Grassroots Exchange Fund is a community-guided rapid response small grants program established to build bridges between grassroots social and environmental justice organizations throughout the United States. GXF grants help community-based organizations to engage in collaborative campaigns, strengthen key cross-region and cross-sector movements, and participate in organizing and technical assistance trainings. GXF has an open application process for qualifying organizations. Deadlines are on a monthly cycle (February-November).

Native Voices Rising

Native Voices Rising, a project of Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy, is a research and re-granting project designed to support grassroots groups led by and for Native communities in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.

Still We Rise Fund

As conditions rapidly change in the current political environment, the Still We Rise Fund’s goals are to facilitate, scale and accelerate the delivery of responsive funding to a diverse range of membership-led, community-based organizations that are organizing in vulnerable communities across the country (e.g. immigrant, Black, Arab and Muslim, Native-American, women, working-class, LGBTQ people, and environmental justice communities). Deadlines are on a monthly cycle.