Guidelines

Project Description

The Rosenberg Fund for Children provides for the educational and emotional needs of children (up to age 24) of targeted progressive activists, and youth (up to age 24) who are targeted activists themselves. In most instances, professionals and institutions directly receive the grants to provide services at no or reduced cost to beneficiaries. Please see Granting Programs for further details.

Please carefully read the Basic Information Sheet (available at the bottom of the page in English and Spanish) and the appropriate Grant Applications (available here) before submitting an application.

Definitions/Limitations

The RFC defines “targeted” as someone who as a result of his or her activism, has:

  • lost a job
  • suffered physical or mental injury or disability
  • been harassed or discriminated against
  • been imprisoned
  • or died

The RFC defines “progressive activities” as those taken to further any of the following beliefs:

  • All people have equal worth
  • World peace is a necessity
  • People are more important than profits
  • Society must function within ecologically sustainable limits

What the Rosenberg Fund for Children Funds

The RFC funds institutions and individual providers who support the values listed above. Subject to our financial ability, the RFC will fund such things as: counseling; school tuition; camp tuition; cultural lessons; after-school programs; prison visits; educational or therapeutic travel; and post high-school books and supplies for college or other educational training.

What the Rosenberg Fund for Children Does Not Fund

The RFC is unable to consider grants for general living expenses, like housing, clothing, and food, or for those who have sufficient alternative sources of support. The RFC does not pay legal expenses. The RFC usually does not make grants directly to activists, custodians, or guardians.

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by parents, custodians, and guardians to benefit children (under age 18) in the United States whose parents' pursuit of progressive values has left them unable to fully provide for that child as a result of being targeted as outlined above. The young adult children (ages 18-24) of targeted activists may submit applications on their own behalf.

Applications may also be submitted by or on behalf of targeted activist youth (under age 25) whose targeting has resulted in a significant adverse life impact.

Although we usually receive applications from parents on behalf of their children, in special cases (for instance when anonymity is required for personal safety) we accept applications directly from a program or provider on behalf of a group of young people who meet our granting guidelines. In addition, programs focused on serving the educational and emotional needs of children in a community that has experienced pervasive repression in response to the community’s resistance to oppression can apply directly to the RFC for a group grant.  To request a Group Grant application please contact Sophie Chambers, Granting Coordinator, at (413) 529-0063 or granting@rfc.org.

Application Deadlines

Applications are considered twice each year. The deadline for applications for Spring grants is March 21st and for Fall grants is October 13th. The RFC Board of Directors awards all grants. For questions or assistance, please contact Sophie Chambers, Granting Coordinator, at (413) 529-0063 or granting@rfc.org.

Granting Programs

The RFC provides four types of grants:

  • Regular Grants for children 18 and younger who are the children of targeted activist and targeted activist youth
  • Carry It Forward Awards (CIF) to assist beneficiaries aged 19 through 24 with the cost of books and supplies associated with post-high school education and training
  • Special development grants of up to $1000 per year for targeted activist youth ages 18 to 24 to further their education, support their emotional needs or develop their organizing skills
  • Attica Fund Prison Visit Award to allow children and youth up to age 24 to visit activist parents from whom they have been separated because the activist parent(s) has been imprisoned

Please see Granting Programs for a complete description of these grants.