We are in a moment of complex, intersecting realities: The COVID-19 pandemic. Additional economic insecurity, particularly for communities of color and low income communities. Amplified racism, state violence and anti-Blackness. The erosion of democratic norms and a new administration. Through it all, Jews have been responding through protest, organizing, resource mobilization, prophetic call and more. In this light, Rise Up supports work that:
Sits clearly and explicitly in an anti-racist framework;
Increases spiritual and religious Jewish resources for movement-building and movement leaders; and
Strengthens the moral voice and prophetic consciousness Jewish leaders bring to movement work overall and this moment.
We are interested in innovation on a small(er) scale with capacity to catalyze and/or inspire domino-effect impact. It should be work folks are already doing or have been passionately envisioning.
Priority will be given to work that integrates three core values: spiritual and religious practice, centering the margins and progressive action for justice.
Initiatives led by Jews of Color are particularly important to Rise Up.
The form could be an independent project, collaboration and/or something that has been germinating on the edge of a larger institution.
We have a preference to work with those who are interested in being part of a larger, growing ecosystem.
Grants range from $15-25,000. Smaller grants of $2,500-5,000 are available for rapid response, smaller projects or the incubation of new ideas.