FMW Peace & Social Justice Fund

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FMW Social Justice Fund

Background:

In 2017, Friends Meeting of Washington (FMW) learned that a Mr. Thomas Crews had bequeathed a portion of his estate totaling just under $28,000 to “The Religious Society of Friends, Friends House, Washington, D.C for assistance in promoting their political endeavors." Consultations among Friends led to the conclusions that (1) the Friends Meeting of Washington should be the beneficiary body, and (2), since FMW does not and cannot engage in endeavors that are directly “political”, the funds should be used for transformational social justice or peace work by Friends, under the supervision of FMW’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee.

Guidelines:

FMW's Peace & Social Concerns Committee (P&SC), in consultation with Trustees and others, has created the following plan to make funds available for small scale, strategic support for social justice work in which FMW members and attenders are involved:  

  1. Funds will be spent on projects in which FMW members/attenders are directly engaged, so that these funds will increase the impact of our work. 
  2.  Priority will be given to projects that support structural change--to make the world a more just, equitable and sustainable place (not just use it for educational or charitable purposes).
  3. The focus will be on grants of up to $1,000 that help make work happen.
  4. We plan to spend the funds over approximately four years, awarding 10 to 12 grants a year. BUT we are open to altering this plan should an opportunity for extraordinary impact arise.
  5. Sharing the experience & lessons: P&SC may share some details of successful proposals with the FMW community. (Please communicate any confidentiality considerations clearly.) Grant recipients are also asked to share progress and outcomes of their project.
  6. In one year we will invite members of the FMW community to participate in discussion of the process and impact of these grants so far, and future plans.

The P&SC Committee invites members of the FMW community to apply for Peace and Social Justice Fund Grants to assist, expand, or improve the social justice work in which they are involved. 

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted electronically via email or this Form.

The first deadline for applications for these grants will be 5:00 p.m. September 14, 2019 and applicants will be informed of the decision regarding their application by October 31, 2019.  We plan the next grant application deadline for March 15, 2020.  (Time sensitive funding requests may be considered in between deadlines.)

For more information about the FMW Social Justice Fund, contact Elaine Wilson  elaineswils@gmail.com