Granting Overview

Please read this information and the Basic Information Sheet (available for download in Spanish and English at the bottom of the page) as well as the grant guidelines at the beginning of the application before completing the application. If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Montemurro, the Granting Coordinator, at or leave a voicemail at (413) 529-0063 and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Project Description

The Rosenberg Fund for Children provides for the educational and emotional needs of children of targeted progressive activists, and youth 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 below for further details.


The RFC defines "targeted" as someone who as a result of their activism has: lost a job; suffered physical or mental injury or disability; been harassed or discriminated against; been imprisoned; or died. "Progressive activities" are actions taken to further the beliefs that:

  • All people have equal worth
  • People are more important than profits
  • World peace is a necessity
  • 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; K-12 school tuition; camp tuition; cultural lessons; after-school programs; prison visits; and books and supplies for college or other educational training after high school.

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 the Granting Coordinator at or leave a voicemail at (413) 529-0063.

Granting Cycles

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 call us at (413) 529-0063 or email