Updated Jul 09, 2020

Grassroots Exchange Fund Updated for COVID19

Common Counsel’s Grassroots Exchange Fund is a rapid response small grants program designed to support networking and collaboration between grassroots social change and environmental justice organizations throughout the United States. GXF prioritizes grants to small community-based groups seeking to meet face-to-face with other grassroots organizations, to build collaborative campaigns, and to benefit from technical assistance opportunities.

The program strives to meet four central goals:

  • To strengthen the ability of community organizations to participate in public debates

  • To strengthen key cross-region and cross-sector movements

  • To contribute to collaborative policy victories in the realms of social, environmental and economic justice

  • To support community organizations if they need to adjust their networking, collaboration, or organizing strategies in response to the COVID19/coronavirus pandemic. Examples include but are not limited to support for online meeting or online organizing technology and training, language translation and interpretation, emergency stipends for organizers/grassroots leaders, PPE (personal protective equipment) or other supplies to enable safer in-person meetings, etc)

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Open Year RoundDeadline
Up to $1,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountryUnited States
Focus AreasSocial Services (Gender)
Infectious & Vector Diseases (Health)
Economic Recovery (Humanitarian Assistance)

The Fund typically makes grants to grassroots community-based organizations working on social, racial, economic, and environmental justice initiatives that give voice to the needs of low-income people, women, youth, and people of color. Organizations are only eligible for one GXF grant annually.

Other Requirements

Reporting RequirementsAlthough a report is not required, Common Counsel would like to stay in touch with grantee partners about their work. In that spirit, grantee partners are invited to share a post-exchange/event recap, photo, article, newsletter, or story highlighting the impact of the exchange/event. REQUIRED

Application Directions

The GXF Application Form can be found on the online grant portal. The questions are included below. While the application is open to the public, you will first need to create a user and organizational profile before you can submit an application.


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