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Grants to USA Grassroots Nonprofits in New
England States to Promote Social Justice

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Haymarket People's Fund

Deadline Date:

12/04/19 5:30 PM Receipt Deadline for Sustaining Grant Applications; Urgent Response Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont grassroots, social change organizations to promote social justice throughout the New England region. New applicants and those requesting emergency funding must contact program staff prior to applying. Haymarket funds both start-up groups (emerging) and groups that are more established (movement building).

Haymarket currently offers two kinds of grants - Sustaining Grants and Urgent Response Grants - for social justice organizing work happening in the New England region. Haymarket is committed to supporting both urban and rural organizing across the region. Grants are available for both general operating support and project work.

Sustaining Grants are for grassroots, social change organizations that meet  funding criteria. Grant sizes are determined after a careful evaluation of each proposal taking into account Haymarket’s criteria and commitment to strengthening anti-racist movement building in New England. For information about emerging and movement-building groups, see:

Haymarket also makes Urgent Response to help grassroots, social change organizations respond quickly to unforseen crises that critically affect their organization and constituency. 

Haymarket People's Fund is an anti-racist and multi-cultural foundation committed to strengthening the movement for social justice in New England. Through grant making, fundraising and capacity building we support grassroots organizations that address the root causes of injustice. Haymarket also organizes to increase sustainable community philanthropy throughout the region. 

For information about funding criteria, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163455

Estimated Size of Grant:

Sustaining Grants are up to $10,000.

Urgent Response grants of up to $1,000 per year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You do not have to have 501(c)3 tax exempt status from the IRS or a fiscal sponsor in order to get a grant from Haymarket. You can apply if your work falls within what the IRS defines as charitable or educational tax-exempt activities.

Any group funded for a Sustaining Grant during the prior year’s cycle is eligible to apply for the December 4th deadline.

Urgent Grants are NOT to be used for ongoing program work (including expenses the organization should have anticipated), for financial crises or a shortfall in projected funding, or because the group missed a funding deadline.

Haymarket does not fund groups with budgets over $300,000.

For additional information about what Haymarket does not fund, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The Sustaining Grant application deadline is Wednesday, December 4 ,2019. Applications must be in the office by 5:30 pm. Postmarks are not relevant and late applications will not be considered. Sustaining Grant Applications are not accepted by fax or email.

Urgent Response grants are available on an ongoing basis.

For Sustaining Grants, if you have been funded by Haymarket in the past 3 years you will receive the application in the mail. If you have not been funded by Haymarket in the past 3 years, call the office and speak to a staff person about your work. If they feel you meet the basic criteria, we will send you an application package. Phone screenings for applications will be available through Monday, December 2, 2019. Receiving an application does not guarantee funding.

All Urgent Response applicants must first read Haymarket's Grant Information Packet. Once you have read through the Grant Information Packet, you must call and speak with a staff person about your request. Staff will send you an application if your request meets the basic criteria for urgent response grants. Groups may receive one Urgent Response Grant in addition to a Sustaining Grant in a 12 month period. Applicants will be notified within 2 – 3 weeks of receiving your application. If needed, Haymarket will conduct a phone interview or request additional information.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Jaime Smith, Grants Director
617-522-7676 x 115

Haymarket People’s Fund
42 Seaverns Avenue
Boston, MA 02130

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island;   Vermont