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Chinook Fund Available for Community Action in Colorodo

The Chinook Fund (www.chinookfund.org) was established in 1987 to support the efforts of grassroots groups working for peace, human rights, and economic justice through social change in Colorado. The Chinook Fund is committed to the transformation of society into one that promotes social justice and freedom from oppression, including but not limited to racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism. All successful applicants must be based in communities of color, low-income communities, or other oppressed communities; have leadership that reflects that constituency; have a decision- making process that incorporates input from all members; and be able to demonstrate that their work will lead to change for their community. Visit the Chinook Fund Web site for complete program information and application procedures. To read more about who is eligible, click on the link below.

The Chinook Fund supports social change in Colorado through two distinct pools of funds:

1) The Start-up Fund was created to support organizations just beginning their work. Groups applying for grants from this fund will, therefore, not be competing for grants with more established organizations. Grants of up to $3,000 are awarded.

2) The Established Fund supports groups with grants of up to $7,000. This pool includes groups that have been working successfully on social justice issues for a number of years.

The Chinook Fund does not require groups to have tax-exempt status in order to receive funding. However, the activities for which funding is requested must fit within the Internal Revenue Service’s eligibility requirements for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations.

The Chinook Fund does not support programs providing direct services to individuals; groups with annual budgets over $350,000 or income or expenses in a prior year over $350,000; individuals; scholarship requests; profit-making organizations, except worker- owned cooperatives; other foundations or pass-
through funding; organizations whose work is based outside of Colorado; organizations whose decision-making body is based outside of Colorado; attempts to influence elections of individuals for public office; and direct union organizing.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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