Food and Land Justice Fund

 

BACKGROUND

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

New Communities, Jubilee Justice, and Decolonizing Wealth Project (DWP) have partnered to create the Food & Land Justice Fund to redistribute resources to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations leading food and land justice and sovereignty efforts across the country.

The Food & Land Justice Fund comes as Black farmers fight to reclaim land ownerships that have declined by over 16 million acres in the last century and as Native farmers fight to reclaim their ancestral foodways. The grantee partners selected as part of the Food and Land Justice Fund are building on these efforts while addressing the disparities that their communities have faced for generations. They are employing a range of strategies, including building local power through community organizing to protect the loss of additional land, fighting back against pipelines being built through farmlands, and protecting and stewarding seeds in order to reclaim the pre-colonial diet that is rooted in traditional hunting, fishing, and foraging practices.

Access to land and food has always been an important pillar of security and economic mobility for communities of color.  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. 

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. 

On April 12, 2022, the partners announced the redistribution of $1.04M+ to grantee partners from across the United States.  Read the Press Release.

 

THE FOOD AND LAND JUSTICE FUND GRANTEE PARTNERS 

 

ROUND ONE (December 2021)

ROUND TWO (April 2022)

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Shirley Sherrod, Executive Director, Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc, Co-Founder, New Communities, Inc.
Konda Mason, Founder and  President, Jubilee Justice
Jessica Norwood, Founder and CEO, RUNWAY
Amber Bell, Consultant, Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc.
Ife Kilimanjaro, Co-Executive Director / Managing Director, Soul Fire Farm
Rebecca Johnson, MSCED, MFA, President, Roadmap Social Justice Consulting
Mikhiela Sherrod, Program Director, Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Grantee partners are organizations and/or coalitions led by BIPOC (Black,
Indigenous and People of Color). Other requirements include:

  • Grant dollars must be paid to a U.S.-based 501c3 nonprofit organization or fiscal sponsors. Individuals were not eligible.
  • 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).
  • Grant awards range: approximately $5,000 – $50,000.
  • Proposals were evaluated by an advisory group of BIPOC leaders with
    expertise in the sector.

 

ABOUT US

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.

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

 

CONNECT

For questions about the fund and how to support it, email info@decolonizingwealth.com.

For press/media, contact decolonizingwealth@sunshinesachs.com