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What we support

Programme Objectives and Focus Areas

While the Movement & Backbone objectives, focus on our core grant-making activities, the Voice objective is more directed at how and what we communicate as well as the overall radical, systemic change narrative we want to help bring about.

1. THE MOVEMENTFund for Grassroots Movements

  • Fund bold campaigns that mobilise individuals through creative means.
  • Fund movement organisations and activists that are central in tackling big issues and have a systemic change perspective.
  • Via two closed calls per year, one in spring and one in autumn.

2.  THE BACKBONE Fund for Activism Structures

  • Support organisations and activities that educate & build capacity for community organisation and mobilisation, develop skills and thus boost credibility of activists, collectives or associations (e.g. online infrastructure, educational programs).
  • Support activist platforms  and  effective ways for activists/citizens/stakeholders to connect and organize.
  • Fund organisations that help create stronger connections between grassroots and top-tier change efforts (e.g. lobbying etc.) to increase the legitimacy of the latter.
  • Via two closed calls per year, one in spring and one in autumn.

3. THE REFLEX‘Go Guerrilla’ Fund for Urgent Actions

  • Respond to the need for urgent mobilisation and actions (e.g. protests) that react swiftly to emerging and unexpected sociopolitical situations and emergencies affecting activists.
  • Cover immediate needs of activists (e.g. legal support, meeting/convening costs, mobilisation costs).
  • Grants up to 5,000 EUR
  • Ongoing, year-round. Contact us at hello@guerrillafoundation.org and we’ll get the ball rolling.

4. THE VOICEMission for Re-articulating Distorted Narratives

  • Promote the idea and practice of grassroots mobilisation and coordinated pan-European collective action.
  • Move past narrow theories of change that are unsuitable for systemic change efforts. Our impact definition acknowledges and promotes the role of movements in shaping values and cultural narratives.
  • Share data, publish failures & not overstate impact to stop perpetuating unrealistic narratives and false expectations to advance the sector pragmatically.
  • Develop and promote good practices for effective philanthropy to educate & inspire the next generation of progressive, engaged grant-makers.

Target Groups

  • Grassroots organisations that organise and mobilise individuals, particularly those from marginalised backgrounds.
  • Movement organisations with a collaborative pan-European orientation particularly those that are addressing relevant issues from a systemic perspective.
  • Individual activists that are central to a specific movement and want to implement a relevant project beyond organisational borders.
  • Organisations and projects that provide structures for learning, communicating, organising & mobilising – online and offline.

What we are NOT Funding

  • Primarily artistic or academic projects (even if they relate to social movements / activism).
  • For-profit efforts.
  • Religious organisations and political parties.
  • Re-granting organisations.
  • Government programmes.

Selection Criteria

In the first step of the selection process, the Guerrilla Foundation team will seek out relevant organisations that work on issues that interest us and are currently important. These are the criteria that they will use (for both the Closed Calls and Urgent Action Fund) to differentiate between these relevant organisations:

Systemic Perspective – Is the project addressing root causes? Is it working towards systemic change, moving away from the symptomatic approach to a more holistic framework? Sustained action on achieving a core mission as opposed to one-off activities.

Catalytic – Bold and promising early stage initiatives. And/or initiatives that have a tough time finding funds elsewhere. How important is what we have to offer for this organisation?

Embodiment of Progressive Values  Does the organisation promote and embody the progressive values of equity, fairness, non-violence, democracy, and sustainability?

Absorption Potential – Financial & management ability, size of grant in relation to overall project/programme/organisation budget, stable organisation with low turnover & capable staff.

Multiplier Effect – Is there the potential to create large impact on an issue, field or network of organisations? How effective and creative is this organisation/individual at communication of its impact, ideas etc How central and/or collaborative within the ecosystem is this organisation/individual?

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