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Research Associates Foundation Small Grant Cycle

Research Associates Foundation (RAF) consists of people who seek a society with a more equitable distribution of wealth and power. Our intent is to promote activism and education for activism in order to achieve these goals.


RAF gives small grants $500 – $2500 to groups engaged in organizing, activism, research and education for social change. We define organizing as collective action to challenge the status quo, to demand changes in policy and practice, and to educate communities about the causes of and solutions to the problems they face.

We support strategies that build community, encourage collaboration, increase skills and access to resources, and produce leadership by those being most directly affected by the problem. High priority is given to groups that fall outside of mainstream funding sources because of their politics.

RAF funds organizations and individuals that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. organize and educate people to take action;
  2. encourage alliances and collaboration among social change organizations;
  3. promote innovative approaches to organizing and activism;
  4. conduct research where the specific intent is to promote social activism.

RAF does not fund:

  1. political parties or candidates;
  2. groups or agencies whose mission is to provide direct services (to individuals, families or communities) that are not part of progressive organizing activities;
  3. research, litigation or legal organizations that are not directly connected to progressive organizing campaigns;
  4. organizations located outside of the Baltimore metropolitan area
  5. the development or production of books, films, videos or radio projects not related to progressive organizing campaigns;
  6. media or cultural organizations or individuals not connected to progressive organizing campaigns;
  7. other foundations or grant giving organizations.

Grant applications for the next grant cycle are due October 28, 2016. Up to 5 grants will be awarded in each grant cycle.

To download the application, please click here.

An information session has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Free School, located in the meeting room at Red Emma's Cafe and Bookstore, 30 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201 (northeast corner of North and Maryland Avenues). Two RAF board members will review application guidelines and answer any questions you may have.

Questions may also be addressed at any time to [email protected]. Thank you for your interest and good work to transform Baltimore into a more livable and just city for all its residents!


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