In September 2005, The Justice Fund was created in direct response to Hurricane Katrina in order to provide short term relief, mid-term assistance, and long term support for community renewal. The fund supported our grantee partners and allied social change organizing groups to ensure that the resources got to the people who needed them the most. In addition to relief effort, the Justice Fund has helped support local, statewide and regional gatherings of southern organizers to discuss relief activities, movement building with those affected, and supported strategies leading to change in public policy. Funds have also been used to support the work of gathering, documenting and disseminating the stories of people in the Gulf Region.
In 2008, the scope of the Justice Fund was expanded to address not only hurricane recovery in the Gulf but major natural disasters and man-made disasters in the Southeast. The Justice Fund typically supports communities and organizations that fall within the scope of Southern Partners Fund’s mission. The Justice Fund has two programs:
JUSTICE FUND EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAM
This program is intended to support immediate response to, and relief from, disasters that occur in SPF’s 12 regional focus states. Funding will be available for a 3 month window after a specific event on an “as needed” rolling basis. Grant awards will not exceed $5,000. While priority will be given to organizations that have a component of community organizing in their missions, SPF recognizes that many organizations are called upon to facilitate emergency response in crisis situations. Any organization that is in the position to impact change after a disaster, is welcome to apply for emergency funding. Further, priority will be given to organizations that work in rural communities, but organizations affected by natural disasters in large cities like Atlanta, New Orleans and Mobile are welcome to apply for emergency funding.
JUSTICE FUND RENEWAL PROGRAM
This program is intended to support mid-term and long-term rebuilding efforts after disasters occur in SPF’s 12 regional focus states. Funding in this category will be reviewed and awarded quarterly. Grant awards will range from $5,000 - $15,000. Organizations that apply for funding from the Renewal Program should have community organizing components consistent with the mission of Southern Partners Fund. While priority will be given to rural communities, organizations in large cities affected by disaster are welcome to apply for funding. This program will also continue to strive to support local, statewide and regional gatherings of southern organizers to discuss relief activities and movement building that leads to change in public policy.