The Movement, Backbone & Reflex objectives, focus on our core grant-making activities. Learn more about our theory of change here and our approach to progressive philanthropy here and of course check out our grantees.
All of our grants are open for expressions of interest year-round. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get the ball rolling.
1. THE MOVEMENT – Fund for Grassroots Movements
2. THE BACKBONE – Fund for Activism Structures
3. THE REFLEX – ‘Go Guerrilla’ Fund for Urgent Actions
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 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?
*We used to donate to COTAP on an annual basis to offset the CO2 caused by our flying, then we stopped. Carbon-offsetting does seem to be a ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card for polluters to keep polluting while greenwashing their hands. Instead we give grants to activist groups such as Stay Grounded or Yes to Life, No to Mining, that are trying to radically revision and restructure major carbon emitters while trying to limit our own pollution to the barest minimum.