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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March 21 & October 13

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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, actors

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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

Educator Fired & Harassed

$3000 for tutoring for the two children, ages 10 and 16, whose mother, a teacher, fought for the well-being of all students after her young autistic child was physically assaulted by an aide at… Read More
Labor & Economic Justice

Mother Fired for Advocating for Anti-Racist Workplace

$3000 for basketball and cheerleading for two children, ages 11 and 16, whose mom was fired after she advocated for an anti-racist framework at her job. She was subsequently harassed, and her home… Read More
Labor & Economic Justice

Mom Fired for Advocacy

$2000 for school tuition for two kids, ages 11 and 15, whose mother was fired for advocating for the needs of her students.
Labor & Economic Justice

Union Organizer Fired

$1500 for educational support for the 10-year-old daughter whose mother was fired for organizing a union at her Starbucks.
Labor & Economic Justice

Labor Organizer Followed

$1000 for tutoring for the 11-year-old daughter of an Amazon employee who spoke out against the company’s mistreatment of workers. She was followed on multiple occasions in suspected targeting for… Read More
Labor & Economic Justice
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Children and Parents Working Together for Peace

$10,450 for a wide range of programs and two CIF awards for 12 children, ages three to 24, from four families in pacifist communities. Their parents have engaged in peaceful anti-war protests and… Read More

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