Sponsored Project Program
SVA supports groups, projects and campaigns working for environmental justice, anti-racism, women’s rights, youth empowerment, LGBTQ rights, worker’s rights, civil rights and disability rights that address social change through community organizing.
Southern Vision Alliance provides fiscal-sponsorship to groups, projects, and campaigns that have a long-term vision for equity social justice and have alignment around the following core values and principles:
- Movement first: less ego, more impact; Ella Baker school of leadership
- Movement work that is multi-racial, multi-national, multi-gender, multi-generational, and accessible in terms of language, physical ability, child/family-friendly, etc.
- Intersectionality, solidarity, and self-determination
- The centrality of an anti-racist analysis as part of addressing power and oppression in the US South
- Center the leadership of the most directly impacted
- Support local leadership and opportunities to build alliance across geography and communities
- Power through base-building, organizing, collective action, and deep leadership development which seeks to directly confront the root causes of oppression
How to Apply
Prospective Fiscally-sponsored Projects must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
- Must be located in the US South (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas)
- A focus on grassroots organizing, activism, and long-term social change (not social service work)
- A clear understanding of the root causes of the problem they are working to resolve
- A priority for developing leadership from within the affected community
- A priority for collaboration and developing collective strategies to achieve total liberation
Southern Vision Alliance does not provide fiscal-sponsorship for:
- Organizations or programs whose primary work is around healing or social service/direct service models*
- Academic research that is not connected or directed by a strategy to advance a grassroots campaign
- Capital campaigns or building projects
*We recognize the significance of healing justice and social service/direct services. These are areas of work that are also crucial to sustaining our organizers and our movements. Unfortunately these are areas we cannot provide support to unless they are connected to power building work we define as base-building, organizing, collective action, and deep leadership development. We recommend organizations working on these projects to seek support from organizations that have more experience in this area. We are happy to share contact with organizations that may have better opportunities for alignment.
Current Sponsored Projects
Black Workers for Justice
The BWFJ is an organization of Black workers formed in December of 1982 out of a struggle led by Black women workers at a K-mart store in Rocky Mount, North Carolina against race and gender discrimination. After organizing a boycott of the local K-mart store and reaching out to workers at other workplaces and communities, Black workers and community activists from 10 counties met at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Fremont, NC in December 1982 to form BWFJ as a statewide organization.
Community Alliance for Public Education
Community Alliance for Public Education (CAPE)‘s mission is to build capacity and support leadership development of parent-led, educator-led, student-led and community-led organizations, and to create collaborative spaces in which all people can dream, strategize, and fight together to win the schools we all deserve.
Chatham Organizing for Racial Equity
Chatham Organizing for Racial Equity (CORE) works to achieve equitable outcomes for all people in Chatham County. As a resource and connector for those interested in anti-racism work, we seek to raise awareness of systemic racism and strategies for dismantling it through our three arms: education, reconciliation, and organizing. Our community organizing arm builds and strengthens relationships with individuals, community groups, religious organizations, and nonprofits interested in race equity issues.
Comunidad Collectiva is a grassroots community organization focused on advocating for and protecting the human rights of immigrants in Charlotte and surrounding areas. Our organization is primarily led by directly affected youths and supported by allies. We are all volunteers, applying the knowledge and skills we have gained over the years to this organization and our communities.
Dangers of the Mind
Dangers of the Mind are the disrupters of the school-to-prison pipeline, by empowering underserved young students, as well as parents and community, through Social/Emotional Learning.
Durham Beyond Policing
Durham Beyond Policing is a grassroots campaign to divest from policing and prisons and reinvest municipal resources into supporting the health and wellbeing of Black & Brown community in Durham, NC. ICE and police out of our neighborhoods!
Energy Democracy Leadership Institute
The Energy Democracy Leadership Institute will identify, train, mentor, and support twenty emerging leaders from most-impacted communities in eastern North Carolina to organize in their communities. The Institute will effectively galvanize a frontline-led energy democracy movement in North Carolina. EDLI is a project of NC Warn and NC Climate Justice Collective.
Feed Durham is a mutual aid collective and community love project based in Durham, NC. This year we are disrupting root causes of hunger, and distributing our organizing blueprints to sustain hundreds of thousands of people across the South. We’re distributing groceries to folks, installing raised garden beds for families, developing a food demo and plant medicine web series, hosting outdoor photo shoots for unhoused folks that will allow them to walk away with framed or laminated photos of themselves/their families, and working with community to connect our neighbors with essential resources.
Greensboro Mural Project
The Greensboro Mural Project is an arts organization that engages the people of Greensboro in the process of creating murals through dialogue across the community. The Greensboro Mural Project uses public art as a tool to communicate, record history, and make Greensboro more beautiful.
Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia
The Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI) is a network of North Carolina-based organizations. We have a mission to end racism and Islamophobia by building a movement that challenges all forms of oppression. We work with folks and organizations from every background to uplift all marginalized voices. Since we launched this network in early 2015, we have grown to a network of 15 organizations and have organized forums and actions throughout North Carolina.
Migrant Roots Media
Migrant Roots Media (MRM) is a digital platform which seeks to amplify the perspectives of migrants on the root causes of our migration and shed light on the sociopolitical and economic reasons people struggle to stay and thrive in their homelands.
We strategically position these intersectional voices and understandings so they can aid in advancing narratives and political analyses concerning migration and other social issues.
Robeson County Cooperative For Sustainable Development
Ready the Ground Education Fund
Red Tailed Hawk Collective
More information coming soon.
Tar River Education Fund
More information coming soon.
Fruit of Labor
The Serenity Fund provides infrastructural support to the Serenity Hill Retreat and Training Center, a 501c3 nonprofit entity organized for educational and charitable purposes: to provide space for social justice leaders to rest, to connect with others across sectors of the movement, to hone ideas, and to connect with the land. This Center seeks to join with and complement sister endeavors across the region and the Global South.
Duke Mutual Aid
Duke Mutual Aid network formed out of the COVID19 crisis for the Duke/Durham community. However, mutual aid precedes this pandemic, existing in the Black Panther party’s survival programs since the mid-1900s and many more projects by indigenous, Black people, people of color, feminists, and people in the LGBTQ+ community. We honor and learn from those who came before us while experimenting in the present with our particular circumstances.
Southern Workers Assembly
The Southern Workers Assembly is a voluntary organization fighting for social justice. SWA believes Workers are the only social force that can challenge the capitalist class, force changes and redirect society towards social justice. We seek to organize the unorganized workingclass across the South. We are the bedrock of our communities. We are a social movement. The SWA believes that engaging and uniting rank and file and un-unionized workers in the US South around democratic principles of social justice unions is critical to building a politically conscious and transformative US workers movement.
Visibility Outreach Touch Engage
Visibility Outreach Touch Engage (VOTE), Inc. aims to deliver the country’s founding principle “for the people, by the people” through authentic narratives, or storytelling, and relevant communication channels and methods. We inform, engage, and mobilize new audiences to take action through education, advocacy, and the promotion of trusted messengers, meaningful communication, and dynamic, intentional tactics.
NC Jan 6 Project
The January 6 Project is going to register tens of thousands of new voters statewide in the run-up to 2022, targeting the most competitive areas of North Carolina in order to achieve the greatest impact. We will focus on unregistered voters, new voters, young voters, voters of color and other historically disenfranchised groups, Native Americans, and voters moving into the state. We will make a concerted effort in rural areas, which we know to be challenging — but critical.
On January 6th, our democracy was attacked by those who wished to destroy it, and we are now on notice that our system of government is in jeopardy. One vital way to preserve our democracy is to register more new voters and engage them in making the system work for everyone.
NC Black Disabilities Network
The North Carolina Black Disabilities Network seeks to transform Black disabled people and their families’ social conditions, to support their right to identify, and to determine what resources they need to live and thrive as whole people living in the state of North Carolina.
The Network addresses the systemic inequities within institutions that serve Black disabled individuals, their caregivers, and communities. We assist individuals and families in acquiring an optimal experience gaining knowledge to make measured, well-informed decisions about educational and other disability service-related options. Additionally, the Network advocates for policies to optimize opportunities for individuals and their families.
On April 2nd, 2001, Tranzmission was formed with a mission: to make the lives of nonbinary, transgender and gender nonconforming people in western North Carolina happier, healthier and safer through education, advocacy and support.