This political moment calls for imagination and vision beyond reforms from the status quo. Young people are being politicized and tapping into a new imagination— from living through trauma caused by the carceral state to reading books, joining organizations and attending and organizing protests and community events. The Visionary Freedom Fund seeks projects or organizations that are building power, developing or cultivating new visions, ideas or frameworks developed by directly impacted young people, and/ or organizations who are already leading transformative work to apply for a grant.
The grantmaking realizes the crisis young people, specifically Black, Brown and Native communities are facing. We are intentionally choosing not to list issue priorities, understanding the deep intersections that exist. Applicants could choose to focus on a particular body of work (healing justice, gender justice, housing, institutions such as schools or prisons) or take a community approach that builds upon political education or community building. The grants should advance communities or organizations creating or moving to visionary action that seeks to transform individuals, institutions or communities.
Grant dollars are general operating with an emphasis for funding for organizations that are often left out of traditional philanthropic giving. BIPOC youth communities will be prioritized.
The Power Table will make final decisions before July 1, 2021 and will reach out to selected applicants then. We thank you in advance for your patience as we process your proposal.