Nonprofits and community groups will continue to face shrinking funding streams from large donors and grant sources. Our matching grants program helps these groups develop constituent bases capable of providing long-term sustainable financial support.

Like individuals and institutions across the globe, F4DC faces a difficult financial environment. This makes leveraging every dollar available for the greatest possible impact critical to our mission. As the environmental, economic, and social systems around us collapse, it is more important than ever for people to organize themselves to respond to these challenges through creative and flexible institution building.

Our matching grants program encourages grassroots groups to build their capacity for self-support. For approved groups and projects, we will match – dollar-for-dollar – money raised through grassroots efforts. Donations up to $100 are eligible for match. Funds raised from foundation and government sources will not be eligible for matching.

How to apply

  1. Download the F4DC Matching Grant Information Packet. This document outlines what we do and do not fund and has all kinds of guidance to help you complete a great application. You should also download the Sample Application to get a sense of the kinds of information we look for in each grant request.
  2. Download the Matching Grant Application Form (pdf).
  3. Answer all the questions on the Application form with complete and accurate answers.
  4. Gather photocopies of required and related documents that illustrate what your group or project is doing and how you raised the money you want F4DC to match. (Please do not send original documents. These may not be returned to you.)
  5. Get two authorized representatives of your group to sign the Grant Agreement portion of the Application.
  6. Send your completed, signed Application and related materials to:
    Fund for Democratic Communities
    620 S. Elm St, Suite 355
    Greensboro NC 27406
  7. We will call or email you with any questions we have. Applicants will be notified within 4 weeks of receiving their submission if they have been approved for matching funds.

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Resources

Here are some articles you may find useful in developing your grassroots fundraising campaigns.


Grantees

This is a partial list of our grantees. More information about select grantees may be found in our Grants Blog.

2013

Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive
El Vínculo Hispano / Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County
Participatory Budgeting Greensboro
Eastern Conference on Workplace Democracy
Toolbox for Education & Social Action

2012

Southerners On New Ground
Interactive Resource Center
We Are NC Campaign
YWCA Greensboro
Healing the Hurt
Cooperation Texas
Slow Money NC
National Farm Workers Ministry YAYA
Student Action with Farmworkers
Carolina Common Enterprise
US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Federation of Southern Cooperatives

2011

Project South
Federation of Southern Cooperatives
EDINA/GEO
Cooperation Works
NC Center for Nonprofits
Federation of Southern Cooperatives
UNCG Sustainability Committee
Toolbox for Education Social Action
Southerners on New Ground
Faith Action International House
Interactive Resource Center
Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice
Student Action for Farmworkers
Spirit House
Center for Participatory Change
Action for Community in Raleigh
National Farmworker Ministry
Handy Capable
NC A. Philip Randolph Institute

2010

USSF 2010
Greensboro HIVE
Cakalak Thunder
GSO to USSF Committee
The Lastraw
Federation of Southern Cooperatives
Action for Community in Raleigh
NC Housing Coalition
Federation of Southern Cooperatives
EDINA/GEO
Center for Community Based Enterprises (C2BE)
El Kilombo Intergalactico
Project South
Just Economics of Western NC
Interactive Resource Center
Faith Action International House
Spirit House
Stone Circles

2009

Patient Support Council
Warnersville Community Coalition
Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association
Pilgrimage for Peace & Justice
New Hope Community Development Group
Interactive Resource Center
Homekeeping Mortgage Default Counseling
Joseph’s House
American Friends Service Committee
UPT Brotherhood, Inc.
Washington Montessori School PTA
Them Five
Morehead Elementary School PTA
Greensboro HIVE
I Am Worthy
Friends of the Congo
The Lastraw
Peace and Justice Network
Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
Joseph’s House
Homekeeping Comprehensive Housing Counseling
Just Economics of Western NC
Center for Visual Arts
Latino Coalition of Randolph County
100 Leaders/Keyring Inheritance
Spirit House
Heirs to a Fighting Tradition
Burnsville Land Community, Inc.
Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative
Farm Labor Organizing Committee

2008

Burnsville Land Community
Freshlife
El Kilombo Intergalactico
Farm Labor Organizing Committee
Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association
Heirs to a Fighting Tradition
Homekeeping Mortgage Default Counseling
Just Economics of Western NC
Latino Coalition of Randolph County
Southeast Guilford Community Association
Stone Circles
Survivor Support Group
Key Ring Inheritance
UNCG Center for Women’s Health
Spirit House
NC Harm Reduction Coalition
Greensboro Housing Coalition
Gilbert Barber – Healing the Hurt
Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative
HIVE Organizing Committee
Center for Visual Artists
Peace and Justice Network
Students United for a Responsible Global Environment
American Friends Service Committee
The Greensboro HIVE
Greensboro Food Not Bombs
Beloved Community Center