Welcome to North Star Fund's online application center. Please visit our website to review our guidelines and determine your eligibility to apply for a North Star Fund grant. 

Due to the competitive nature of our grants, we highly recommend attending one of our How to Apply workshops or scheduling a phone conversation with our program officer prior to beginning your application.

See below for the list of grants for which we are currently accepting applications. Click on the name of the grant category to begin your application. You can save a draft and return to your application at any time.

Our Rapid Response grants are designed to support organizing, activism, and strategic convening in response to urgent threats or breaking opportunities, especially during critical junctures of a campaign. 

This grant is intended to help organizations achieve a timely and specific outcome or impact within three to six months, usually as part of a long-term goal to achieve systems-based change. 

For more information on our Rapid Response grant, please visit our website.

Instructions: 

  • Complete the application below. You can save your work by clicking "Save Draft" at the bottom of the page.  

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an automatic receipt. Program staff will review your request and contact you with a decision or request for more information.

Next deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Continuing our tradition of supporting new and emerging groups, our Catalyst grants provide general operating support to groups that are in the early stages of organizing. This seed funding furthers our grantees’ ability to start or expand their community organizing work—with a focus of developing community leaders and a vision of achieving systems-based change. For more information about the Catalyst grant, please visit our website.

Instructions: 

  • Complete the application below. You can save your work by clicking "Save Draft" at the bottom of the page.  
  • Indicate three preferred dates and times for a site visit. Please hold your preferred dates and times on your calendar until the week of March 18. If you are selected for a site visit, we will do our best to accommodate your first preference. We will contact all applicants in mid March with further instructions.
  • Attach the following materials:
  1. Catalyst Proposal Narrative (3-5 pages). You can download the proposal questions or you may also submit a proposal created for other funders provided that it pertains to your organizing work. 
  2. 501(c)(3) Letter or Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement & Fiscal Sponsor's 501(c)(3) Letter
  3. Answer narrative budget questions or upload an organizational budget. (If you would like to upload a budget form, you may use your own format, or you may download North Star Fund's budget template.)


Once your application is submitted, you will receive an automatic receipt. Your application is not considered complete until you receive a confirmation email from our program staff. You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.

Next deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Grassroots Actions grants provide general operating support to organizations with a track record of success in community organizing. For more information about Grassroots Action grant, please visit our website.

Instructions: 

  • Complete the application below. You can save your work by clicking "Save Draft" at the bottom of the page.  
  • Indicate three preferred dates and times for a site visit. Please hold your preferred dates and times on your calendar until the week of March 18. If you are selected for a site visit, we will do our best to accommodate your first preference. We will contact all applicants in mid March with further instructions.
  • Attach the following materials:
  1. Proposal Narrative (3-5 pages). You can download the proposal questions or you may also submit a proposal created for other funders provided that it pertains to your organizing work. 
  2. 501(c)(3) Letter or Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement & Fiscal Sponsor's 501(c)(3) Letter
  3. Answer narrative budget questions or upload an organizational budget. (If you would like to upload a budget form, you may use your own format, or you may download North Star Fund's budget template.)

 
Once your application is submitted, you will receive an automatic receipt. Your application is not considered complete until you receive a confirmation email from our program staff. You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.

Next deadline: Friday, February 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Note: For the Spring 2019 application period, North Star Fund will only accept Innovative Activism applications from current grantees.

It's our mission is to make it easier for current grantees to re-apply for general operating support and share the latest updates. Our renewal application is also an opportunity for current grantees to share feedback with us. For more information, please read more about renewal grants on our website.

Instructions: 

  • Complete the application below. You can save your work by clicking "Save Draft" at the bottom of the page. 
  • Indicate your preferred site visit dates and times and hold them on your calendar. A select number of renewal grantees will be asked to meet for a site visit. Due to capacity, the majority of renewal grantees will be not be asked to meet for a site visit; instead, please expect to be notified during the week of March 18 to release the holds on your calendar.
  • Attach the following materials:

Download the renewal proposal questions and follow-up report form here, or submit proposals and follow-up reports created for other funders provided that they pertain to your organizing work.
 

  1. Renewal Proposal Narrative (2-5 pages) describing your organization’s current work, including goals for the upcoming year.   
  2. Follow-Up Report (2 pages) describing reflections from your past year’s accomplishments and challenges.
  3. If applicable, any new/updated 501(c)(3) Letter or Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement & Fiscal Sponsor's 501(c)(3) Letter.
  4. Answer narrative budget questions or upload an organizational budget. (If you would like to upload a budget form, you may use your own format, or download North Star Fund's budget template.

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an automatic receipt. Your application is not considered complete until you receive a confirmation email from our program staff. You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.

Next deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

It's our mission is to make it easier for current grantees to re-apply for general operating support and share the latest updates. Our renewal application is also an opportunity for current grantees to share feedback with us. For more information, please read more about renewal grants on our website.

Instructions: 

  • Complete the application below. You can save your work by clicking "Save Draft" at the bottom of the page. 
  • Indicate your preferred site visit dates and times and hold them on your calendar. A select number of renewal grantees will be asked to meet for a site visit. Due to capacity, the majority of renewal grantees will be not be asked to meet for a site visit; instead, please expect to be notified during the week of March 18 to release the holds on your calendar.
  • Attach the following materials:

Download the renewal proposal questions and follow-up report form here, or submit proposals and follow-up reports created for other funders provided that they pertain to your organizing work. 

  1. Renewal Proposal Narrative (2-5 pages) describing your organization’s current work, including goals for the upcoming year.   
  2. Follow-Up Report (2 pages) describing reflections from your past year’s accomplishments and challenges.
  3. If applicable, any new/updated 501(c)(3) Letter or Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement & Fiscal Sponsor's 501(c)(3) Letter.
  4. Answer narrative budget questions or upload an organizational budget. (If you would like to upload a budget form, you may use your own format, or download North Star Fund's budget template.


Once your application is submitted, you will receive an automatic receipt. Your application is not considered complete until you receive a confirmation email from our program staff. You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.

North Star Fund has a limited amount of funding available for capacity building grants for current grantees. This is a pilot year, and we may not be able to offer these grants in future years.

These grants are designed to strengthen your organization's ability to fulfill its mission. They are designed to cover one-time investments that bring your capacity to another level. Some examples of how it might be used are (this list is not exhaustive): 

  • Organizational Development:  to hire consultants to assist with fundraising, executive director transition, media and communications, special event planning, technology systems, community mapping, board development, or other organizational  infrastructure projects. 
  • Community Organizing:  to hire consultants to develop membership structures or leadership  development programs, or to support staff with community organizing coaching or training. 
  • Movement Building: to build specific skills your organization needs or  build solidarity or develop shared policy platforms by attending trainings or conferences, traveling for peer learning with organizers in other cities or regions, or organizing convenings. 

Funds may be used to cover staff time required to complete a capacity building project. We encourage organizations to consider support and professional development programs for executive and non-executive level staff, whatever is appropriate for your capacity building needs.

North Star Fund can help identify consultants or coaches if desired.


For more information on our Capacity Building grants, please visit our website.

Instructions: 

  • Complete the application below. You can save your work by clicking "Save Draft" at the bottom of the page.  

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an automatic receipt. You will receive a confirmation email  that we have received your application within 48 hours.

Next deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Hudson Valley Momentum grants provide long term general operating support to organizations organizing in the Hudson Valley of New York. For more information about Hudson Valley Momentum grants please visit our website

Instructions: 

  • Complete the application below. You can save your work by clicking "Save Draft" at the bottom of the page.  
  • Attach the following materials:
  1. Proposal Narrative (3-5 pages). You can download the proposal questions or you may also submit a proposal created for other funders provided that it pertains to your organizing work. 
  2. 501(c)(3) Letter or Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement & Fiscal Sponsor's 501(c)(3) Letter
  3. Answer narrative budget questions or upload an organizational budget. (If you would like to upload a budget form, you may use your own format, or you may download North Star Fund's budget template.)

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an automatic receipt. Your application is not considered complete until you receive a confirmation email from our program staff. You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.

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