Grants

RFC grants pay for educationally and emotionally supportive activities for children of targeted progressive activists and youth who are targeted activists themselves.

Our grants help ensure these kids can attend summer camp, hire a tutor, receive therapy, attend a dance program or participate in other activities that allow them to have fun, process their experiences and heal. They make it possible for these kids not only to survive but thrive, despite the negative targeting their family has experienced.

 

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Application Deadlines:

March 21 & October 13

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Information for Applicants

Targeted Activist Youth (TAY) under 25 years old

Grants for Targeted Activist Youth (TAY) – this program provides support for young activists ages 18 to 24 who have faced targeting for their activism.

Support for Families

Activist parents with kids under age 25 who face retaliation for their progressive activism or community organizing .

Attica Fund Prison Visit Program

Children and grandchildren of political prisoners who need funds to help cover the cost of visiting their loved one.

How our grant money is used

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RFC Spring 2021 grants by programming

Spring 2021

Number of Children
131
Number of Grants
71
New Grants
6
Renewals
65
Total Grants Amount
$209,753.00
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The Gathering Program


The RFC’s founder, Robert Meeropol, was six years old when his parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were executed at the height of the McCarthy Era after one of the most hotly debated trials in U.S. history. Robert and his brother survived their nightmare in large part because of the loving and culturally rich life that was created for them by their adoptive parents, and by the progressive community who rallied to raise a trust fund to help them.


Aided by this emotional and financial support, the brothers grew up in a creative milieu, among writers, musicians

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Girls playing music

"We were so excited when we learned that you had decided to give grants for our music lessons. It has been difficult to pay for them since our father lost his job. Thank you for recognizing how our dad was singled out for his stand against war, and for realizing music's importance to our family."

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Recent Grants

Activist’s Daughter Denied Scholarship

A CIF Award* for the 21-year-old daughter of an environmental and racial justice activist who runs a podcast that highlights local issues and amplifies the voices of those experiencing oppression.… Read More
Civil Liberties
AL

Professor Fired for Speaking Out

$2000 for childcare for the two-year-old son whose dad is a professor and racial justice activist. The dad had a series of disagreements with his department and university about his fundraising for… Read More
Racial Justice
OR

Hunger Strikers Retaliated Against

$12750 for therapy, childcare and educational support for eight children, ages two to 12, from four families whose fathers all participated in a hunger strike at a detention center to protest their… Read More
Immigrants' Rights
Location Withheld

Campus Organizer Targeted

$1000 for school tuition for the seven-year-old daughter whose mom is a recognized leader at her college. They have both been threatened by those opposed to racial justice events the mom has… Read More
Racial Justice
OR

Police Target Mother

$1300 for dance lessons and summer camp for the 13-year-old daughter whose mother fought to reallocate funding from the police to mental health services. As a result, she was harassed online by local… Read More
Racial Justice
TX

Family Threatened by KKK

$2100 for a computer and a CIF award for two daughters, ages 16 and 19, whose activist mom received death threats from the Klan for her efforts to desegregate a public housing complex.
Racial Justice
OR

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