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.

Granting Stats

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Spring 2022

Number of Children
164
Number of Grants
83
New Grants
12
Renewals
71
Total Grants Amount
$210,845.00
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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."

RFC beneficiary siblings

Recent Grants

Daughter Harassed

$4200 for recreational activities and two Carry it Forward1 (CIF) awards for four siblings, ages 16 to 22, whose family faced harassment after their mother filed a complaint to hold school personnel… Read More
CIVIL LIBERTIES
AL

Pipeline Protester Forced to Relocate

$3000 for summer camp and music lessons for two children, ages five and seven, whose mom, a water protector, was arrested for disrupting the construction of a pipeline and faced harassment by local… Read More
ENVIRONMENTAL & ANIMAL RIGHTS
VA

Family Targeted by Police

$3000 for a computer and sports equipment for two brothers, ages 13 and 16, whose grandmother and father organized against environmental racism, specifically against the creation of a landfill in… Read More
ENVIRONMENTAL & ANIMAL RIGHTS
AL

Reproductive Justice Organizer Threatened

$3000 for mental health services and recreational activities for the two daughters, ages four and 15, whose mom, a reproductive justice activist in a southern city, faced online harassment and… Read More
Gender Equality, LGBTQ, & Reproductive Rights
CA

Mother Surveilled

$2600 for childcare and recreational activities for three children, ages three to 10, whose mom faced harassment and surveillance for advocating for political prisoners unjustly targeted in the U.S… Read More
CIVIL LIBERTIES
MA

Families Forced to Flee

$3000 for five CIF awards for five children from three families whose parents were targeted for their human rights organizing in their home countries and were forced to relocate to the US.
Human Rights
IL

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