Over the past 6 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted our real lack of public infrastructure capable of prioritizing human needs over profit. As hundreds of thousands of people face uncertainty, we are relying on the resilience of the human spirit to care for and check on each other.
To this end, Southern Vision Alliance’s Frontline Leaders Fund has launched a community response grant program to support as many grassroots efforts as possible. In our first cycle, highlights include:
More than 250 grants moved to community efforts
96 cities in NC and SC covered
20% of efforts receiving grants without 501(c)3 status
A majority of grantees being led by directly impacted communities
In the first week, $10,000 granted to the Campaign for Southern Equality, which moved emergency grants to 100 primarily QTPOC-led efforts across the South
These grassroots efforts have a range of focuses—mutual aid, creating and distributing materials in multiple languages, shifting the narrative of the pandemic and addressing its root causes, mobilizing participatory efforts to hold power accountable, and more.
Check back to the Covid-19 Grant page for future updates and announcements.