Grassroots Grantmakers is a network of place-based funders in the United States and Canada who are working from a “we begin with residents” perspective – supporting active citizenship and building civic capacity at the block level in their communities with scale-appropriate grants, a highly relational style of grantmaking, and a learning orientation. Funders in our network are working to strengthen resident-controlled associations, and help people that come together because of a shared interest in improving their block, their neighborhood, or their community to be a stronger voice for change and community vitality.
Grassroots Grantmakers serves as a locus for learning and a community of practice – serving to strengthen and connect funders who strengthen and connect residents where they live. Our work is made possible by the generous support of a growing number of contributing members and grants from funders who believe in grassroots grantmaking as an essential component of effective place-based philanthropy.
Learning how funders can effectively utilize small grants as a tool for grassroots grantmaking is a cornerstone of our work, but not our only interest. We are also interested in learning about how funders utilize other tools such as convening, technical assistance, training, and leadership development to support bottom-up community building. We are particularly interested in how funders are connecting their grassroots grantmaking to a larger community building or social change agenda.