U.S. Small Grants Fund to Combat Hate & Division

Request for Proposals

August 2018

Our U.S. Small Grants Fund to Combat Hate & Division coordinates with, and provide assistance to, U.S.-based organizations working to prevent and/or counteract identity-based violence through combating hateful rhetoric and Dangerous Speech. The Fund builds the capacity of grassroot organizations to identify, test and implement locally-led solutions that build and reinforce inclusive communities that are resilient in the face of rising hatred and division.

“Dangerous Speech is any form of expression (speech, text, or images) that can increase the risk that its audience will condone or participate in violence against members of another group.” -Dangerous Speech Project


Eligibility & Criteria

Any registered or fiscally sponsored organization, group, and collective in our *10 states of focus are eligible to apply for funding. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how they are working on the frontlines in one or more of these states to combat hate and division against marginalized racial, ethnic and religious groups, immigrants, undocumented persons, refugees, LGBTQIA+, and/or persons with disabilities. The Fund is particularly interested in supporting locally led inititives related to combatting dangerous speech and identity based violence. This includes projects that are:                   

  • Identifying, monitoring and/or countering Dangerous Speech     

  • Preventing or resisting the proliferation of hatred and violence against specific identity-groups (i.e. groups targeted based on race, ethnicity, religion, a/gender or a/sexual identity, citizenship-status, etc.)

  • Online and offline intervention projects

  • Building strong, inclusive & resilient communities  

Please note: applicants are not expected to concentrate on all of these aspects - applicants are more likely to have their proposals funded if they are targeted and focused in their efforts. Applicants from organizations that are led by individuals whose voices have been historically and currently marginalized and who are facing threat and backlash will be prioritized.

* 10 states of focus include: Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana

We are accepting grant requests up to $10,000.


Successful Proposals

We fund:

  • Projects that are led by local members of the community

  • Projects that actively engage with communities on an ongoing basis

  • Staff time and overhead costs at a reasonable level

  • Projects with or without previous institutional funding

We do not fund:

  • Stand-alone workshops or trainings (unless they are a part of a longer-plan that requires a workshop or training to move forward)

  • Individual research projects or scholarships

  • Per diems for participants

  • Posters, handbills or t-shirts (unless this is part of a wider campaign)

  • Lobbying or political campaigns


How to Apply

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until Sunday, September 30th at 11:59pm. We accept applications in any format and language, but ask that they not exceed 4 pages in length, excluding the budget. To help make the proposal writing process as easy as possible, we encourage applicants to reference our Project Proposal Template for guidance (see Appendix A below).

We will inform all applicants of the status of their proposal by November 16th, 2018. All proposals should be submitted via email at usprograms@nexus-fund.org with  the subject line: 2018 US Grant: {Organization Name}.  

APPENDIX A: Project Proposal Template

This is a sample application template for grant proposals to The Nexus Fund. This guideline is intended to assist applicants in writing their proposals, but we accept proposals in other formats as well. We also accept proposals in all languages. Proposals should be no more than 4 pages long and include:

Applicant Information:

Please provide:

  • Organization name

  • Organization Website (Social Media platforms are acceptable)

  • Your name

  • Your email

  • Your phone number

  • Your position title

  • Your position description

  • A/gender Identity and/or pronouns (optional)              

Applicant Description (suggested length: 1⁄2 page or 250 words)

This section should describe who you are, your focus areas, and why you are well positioned to do this work.                     

Problem Statement (suggested length: 1⁄2 page or 250 words)

This section should describe how Dangerous Speech or hateful narratives are increasing the risk of identity based violence and hatred in your community.                 

Project Plan (suggested length: 1-2 pages 500-1000 words)

  • Goals & Outcomes: Please share how your project contributes to reducing hatred and division your community and how it will address the problem you have described above. This can include actions that will help build community resilience, resist hate and division and reduce the risk of identity based violence. Please also include the outcomes you hope to see as a result of your work, or what will change as a result of your project.

  • Activities: Please describe the activities you plan to do to reach your goals and outcomes.

  • Project Location: Please describe the location(s) where your project will take place. Projects should be community and/or local initiatives.

  • Project Timeline: Please send a timeline of when your project will begin and end, major activities, and the time when you will evaluate or reflect on your project to understand the results.                            

Learning (suggested length: 1⁄2 page or 250 words)

  • This section should describe how you will know if your project is successful. What measurements will you use to show that your project had an impact?            

  • These numbers should not be the same as the activities you complete. For example, if you plan to do an advocacy meeting, we would like to know how you will know if your advocacy meeting was successful, not simply that you completed the advocacy meeting.                            

Plan for Sustainability (suggested length: 1⁄2 page or 250 words)

  • This section will address how your project will either continue on or have a long-term impact after the grant time period ends.                        

Project Budget                            

  • This section should include your budget for all project activities.

  • The project budget submitted can include a reasonable portion of staff time, administrative fees or other overhead costs.