Soulforce Seed Grants
In the spirit of emboldening Youth work happening at the grassroots, we are excited to offer a small number of seed grants (up to $200) to Youth and Young Adults who are organizing in politically and spiritually hostile contexts. We are invested in projects, resources, workshops, campaigns, or other endeavors that address Christian Supremacy, spiritual violence, and/or fundamentalism.
Seed Grant Guidelines
Applications are open for Youth and Young Adults old in hostile environments who are pushing back against spiritual violence done in their own communities, with an emphasis on students on conservative Christian campuses and LGBTQI Youth of Color in the South.
Projects can be one-time or ongoing. Projects can be implemented by an individual or by a group.
Projects don't need to be fully planned-out to be considered for a seed grant, but they do need to be actionable. That means applicants must have some idea of how they might carry out this project if they receive a seed grant.
We will consider seed grants for a broad variety of purposes: printing, technology, design, registration fees, supplies, transportation, and other capacity-building uses.
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Projects with the following scopes will be prioritized for seed grants:
Projects led and implemented by and for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Youth.*
Projects led and implemented by and for LGBTQI Youth of Color.
Projects that include, or seek to include, any elements of direct action to address systemic or institutional violence in their contexts.
Projects implemented at any Christian college or university.
Projects implemented at any religiously-affiliated HBCU.
Projects happening in the Southeast US (Soulforce classifies these states as Southern states: VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, FL, MI, AR, LA, WV, KY, TN).
*We recognize that Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) Youth often experience violence that makes college wholly inaccessible. We will consider applications for projects that impact other Trans and GNC Youth that are completed through a community-based group/organization.
Seed grant recipients will attend an online Soulforce gathering during the semester or Summer in which they receive a grant to connect folks across our movement of spiritual resisters.
Former seed grant recipients are eligible to apply again.
To keep administration simple and accessible, we ask that seed grant recipients provide a blog post and work with us on capturing your story in a few paragraphs to showcase their experience as a young LGBTQI person resisting Christian Supremacy.
To apply, fill out the form below. Applicants will hear back from Youth staff in late September.
If you have any questions, please write firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to talk to you!