Southern Partners Fund

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Democratic Philanthropy In Action

Request for Proposal Release Date: March 15th 2022

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 15th 2022

  • Applicants may request general support or project support. In SPF’s 2022 grants cycle, organizations had to have operating budgets of $350,000 or less to receive general support. Organizations with operating budgets over $350,000 could apply for project support only.
  • A site visit is required for new applicants, a phone interview is sufficient for previous grantees. Members of SPF’s grants committee will contact organizations being considered to schedule a site visit or phone interview. We are still relying on virtual meetings but look forward to resuming in-person site visits when it is deemed safe to do so.
  • SPF’s grants committee, made up of SPF members, makes grants decisions which are then ratified by the Board.  In most cases, groups are notified of grants decisions by mid-October.
  • Grantees must submit a final report on the use of their grant, as described in their application. New requests will not be considered until all final reports have been submitted.
  • If an organization has received five consecutive years of regular grant cycle funding, it must take a year off before making a new grants request. Organizations unsure about grants status may contact SPF’s program department at To receive announcements regarding the regular grants cycle, groups must contact the program department at and request that they be placed in their email database.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be a rural community organization, coalition or network located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia.
  • Groups must be governed by community leaders from the same race and class as their members.
  • Groups must use grassroots organizing strategies in their fight for justice, aimed at enabling members to become community decision-makers.

Electronic Submissions

  • SPF uses Submittable for grant applications. This web-based tool helps SPF make grant processes more streamlined and transparent.
  • To submit an application, you will need to create a Submittable account. All you need is an email and password to create your account, it's that simple. For further instructions, visit the following help center article How to submit.
  • Supported internet browsers include: Google Chrome, Apple Safari, & Mozilla Firefox.
  • If you have any technical issues, please contact Submittable through the following link: Submittable technical support
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