Open Society Foundation – Open Grant Round!

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities. 

OSF is seeking to support, protect, and empower those who are targets of hateful acts and rhetoric, and bolster frontline communities’ resilience and ability to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

The Communities Against Hate rapid-response initiative aims to respond to what communities believe is of greatest value to support, protect, and empower those who are targets of hateful acts and rhetoric. We are offering grants of $15,000–$150,000 to organizations that are well positioned to provide an array of responses to acts of hate that we expect will include: direct services including legal, social services, and mental health supports such as those related to post-traumatic stress; protection of vulnerable nonprofit staff and organizational assets (e.g., data and communications security); efforts to work collaboratively across communities; collection of hate-incident data to further effectiveness in response and promote awareness of the issue; litigation; and public education and training programs.

Eligibility Criteria

Projects must be:

responsive to a specific incident, imminent threat or risk, and benefit frequently persecuted populations; and

timely, urgent, and well thought out with a clear set of goals and outcomes that can be achieved within six months.

Applicants’ organizational strengths must include:

positioning in their community as a trusted resource, led by the communities they serve and responsive and accountable to those communities;

commitment to serving persecuted populations and the values of inclusion, diversity, fairness, and equal protection; and

longstanding track record of serving persecuted populations, protecting civil rights, and/or fighting against racism and discrimination.

Ineligibility Criteria

Individuals and single-person LLCs are not eligible.