Fund for Southern Communities

OVERVIEW: This funder supports social change in Georgia and the Carolinas. Interests include environmental justice, anti-racism, women's rights, immigration, youth development, LGBTQ rights, worker's rights, civil rights, and disability rights.

FUNDING AREAS: Environmental justice, anti-racism, women's rights, youth development, LGBTQ rights, worker's rights, civil rights, disability rights

IP TAKE:  Here’s a unique funder supporting social change in the south. Only small and new groups are funded, but FSC really looks to support work that's overlooked by other foundations.  

PROFILE: The Fund for Southern Communities (FSC) is based in Decatur, Georgia, and supports groups that help communities free themselves from oppression and that celebrate diversity. Community-based groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina are supported. The foundation was established in 1981 to fund issues often overlooked by traditional funders.

This funder is all about social change initiated by community groups. Topics of interest include environmental justice, anti-racism, women's rights, youth development, LGBTQ rights, worker's rights, civil rights, and disability rights. FSC provides these types of nonprofits with both grant money and technical assistance. Special attention is given to projects that address the systems and structures that cause community problems. FSC isn’t afraid of controversial issues or brand-new programs, but they don't support direct social services.

You can download the grant application from their homepage. Deadlines are announced annually, and all applications should be mailed in.

Grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. FSC funds seed grants to new projects and also general and project support to small organizations with budgets of $150,000 or less. Recent support has gone to Charleston Legal, Citizen’s Advocacy of Atlanta and Dekalb, the NC Against Gun Violence Education Fund. A full list of recipients can be viewed here. FSC has also partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to fund a special initiative.

One funding opportunity announced recently focused on economic justice in Atlanta. Those grants ranged from $10,000 to $46,000. The Lakewood Community Fund supports local nonprofits with $2,500 grants through FSC as well.

FSC gives out over a quarter of a million dollars to local groups in its three states of focus each year. Since 1981, it has given out over $5 million through more than 1,700 grants. Recent financial and tax forms can be found on FSC’s website.  

Questions can be directed to the foundation staff at grants@fundforsouth.org or fsc@fundforsouth.org or 404-371-8404. Alice Eason Jenkins is the executive director, and Gersinta Payne is the program assistant. The mailing address is 4153 C Flat Shoals Parkway, Suite 314, Decatur, Georgia 30034. Sign up on their mailing list to keep up with new deadlines and foundation news.

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