Food and Land Justice Fund

Funding Opportunity | October 2021 | Request for Proposal

 

Decolonizing Wealth Project is an Indigenous and Black-led racial justice organization that envisions a world where racial equity has become a societal norm – where new systems ensure everyone can live their best lives, thrive in their cultures, and heal from generations of colonial trauma. Our work aims to disrupt the existing systems of moving and controlling capital by offering truth, reconciliation, and healing from the ails of colonization through education, radical reparative giving, and narrative change. 

 

BACKGROUND

Land is the basis of all independence. Land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality.”  – Malcolm X

Our fund, Liberated Capital, is excited to announce a funding opportunity in partnership with Jubilee Justice and New Communities to redistribute $1 million to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) -led efforts for food and land justice and sovereignty in the United States.  Access to land and food has always been an important pillar of security and economic mobility for communities of color. Yet Black farm ownership declined from 15 million to fewer than 5 million acres over the last century because of systematic disenfranchisement and discriminatory policies and practices. Today, Black farmers make up only 1.34% of farmers in the U.S.  For centuries, Native Americans in the United States have also endured forced removal from their ancestral lands by the federal government, leading to the loss of traditional foodways, culture, and history. 

BIPOC farmers from Nova Scotia to Oklahoma to Oregon and California are leading the fight to reclaim land and food systems. Black farmers won the inclusion of $5 billion in a COVID relief bill earlier in 2021 designed to begin to redress generations of racism and discrimination, but are now having to mobilize to defend it in the courts against heavy opposition and attacks. Over the past few years, the Wiyot, Yurok and Quapaw Tribes have also secured ownership of ancestral land and waterways, removed harmful dams, and cleaned up toxic waste to make space for farming and agriculture. Immigrant farmers to the U.S. from Asia, Africa, Latin America and beyond have contributed their rich expertise, knowledge and traditions to movements for regenerative and urban farming and the democratization of food and land in the U.S.

We believe Black, Indigenous and Communities of Color are generating a groundswell of attention, building the necessary political will and engagement to hold decision-makers accountable. We understand our role also includes elevating the campaigns and work of our grantee partners as they seek to create the change needed to address the racial wealth gap in this country.   

As organizations dedicated to the liberation of BIPOC communities through grassroots efforts to build political, social and economic power and sovereignty, this partnership represents a unique opportunity to increase critical resources for communities who have been marginalized by historical and systemic racism. 

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • This fund is specifically for organizations and/or coalitions led by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color).
  • Grant dollars must be paid to a 501c3 nonprofit organization or federally recognized tribe. We accept applications from fiscal sponsors. Individuals are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be based in the United States.
  • Coalitions and organizations working in the field of food and/or agriculture with a focus on BIPOC community food access, advocacy, regenerative farming practices, wellness, education, policy, and supporting BIPOC farmers.   
  • Funding must be used for a charitable purpose (no direct lobbying). 
  • This is a rolling fund with applications accepted year-round. Grant awards will range between $5,000 and up to $50,000.
  • Proposals will be evaluated by an advisory group of BIPOC leaders with expertise in the sector.

 

PROPOSAL DEADLINE

There is no deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served, rolling basis until funds are disbursed. 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Liberated Capital uses the JustFund platform to accept and review proposals.

To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1: Visit www.justfund.us to log in or register for an account. You should register as a Grantseeker. To view the full RFP click hereNote: You must be logged in to JustFund view and submit a proposal.

Step 2:  Create and complete a new common proposal. Not sure what a common proposal is? JustFund’s common proposal model allows organizations to submit a single proposal to as many funding opportunities as they wish.

  • If you have used JustFund before, you can submit an existing common proposal.

Step 3: Click APPLY underneath your completed proposal and select the grant opportunity “Liberated Capital – Food and Land Justice Fund” from the dropdown menu.

Step 4: Supplemental questions and required attachments will then appear on this page for you to complete before submitting your proposal.

For more information, see JustFund Help, view our tutorial video here, or email info@justfund.us.

The JustFund team is standing by to help you with the RPF submission process!

 

The Proposal Questions

Common Proposal Questions (4) 

  1. Proposal Summary (140 characters): Think of this like a tweet. Please tell us about the mission of this proposal in a couple of sentences. 
  2. Proposal Description (2500 characters): Tell us about your proposal. Include details about the focus area(s) of your work (e.g., food access, advocacy, regenerative farming practices, wellness, education, policy, supporting BIPOC farmers).
  3. Team Description (1250 characters): tell us about who the organizers or project leads are. 
  4. Financial Need (500 characters): Please describe what you will use the funding for.

Supplementary Questions (3) 

  1. How is your work contributing to or fitting into wider efforts for systemic change? 
  2. What partners or coalitions are actively engaged in the work you describe in your proposal? If applicable,  are there individuals or institutions that are barriers to your work or goals?
  3. Is there any capacity-building or field-building support that would be useful to your work at this time? (.e.g, campaign or fundraising training, space to gather with other grantees, etc) 

Additional Documents You Will Need to Include 

  • Project/Program Plans: Please attach any document that clearly outlines your project/program goals (if not included in the text above). 
  • Budget: what is the budget for the project or program? What is your organization’s budget size? What funding is secured or pending? 
  • Leadership: Please share a list with information on the race/ethnicity and gender of your leadership (e.g. board/staff/community advisors). 

 

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

For questions about the JustFund platform (e.g, how to sign in, troubleshooting), reach out to info@justfund.us

For questions about the Food and Land Justice RFP (e.g eligibility), send your message to info@decolonizingwealth.com

 

ABOUT US

Liberated Capital is a fund of the Decolonizing Wealth Project that aims to move untethered resources to support Indigenous and other people-of-color-led initiatives working for transformative social change. We’re honored to partner with these organizations to support food and land justice initiatives led by communities of color across the U.S. 

 

Jubilee Justice supports Black farming communities through new models of regenerative farming, cooperative ownership, and access to new markets, as well as reparative capital and legal services. 

 

New Communities is a grassroots organization that has worked for more than 40 years to empower African American families in Southwest Georgia and advocate for social justice and is widely recognized as the original model for community land trusts in the US.