The Massachusetts-based RFC provides for the educational and emotional needs of children of targeted progressive activists, and youth who are targeted activists themselves. In most instances, professionals and institutions directly receive the grants to provide services at no or reduced cost to beneficiaries. No geographic restrictions, nonprofits are eligible; awards vary.
Deadline: Oct. 13.
The RFC defines “targeted” as someone who as a result of their activism has: lost a job; suffered physical or mental injury or disability; been harassed or discriminated against; been imprisoned; or died.
Progressive activities are defined as anything that supports the ideals that:
- All people have equal worth.
- People are more important than profits.
- World peace is a necessity.
- Society must function within ecologically sustainable limits.
The RFC has three grant making programs, including the Regular Granting program which provides up to $3,000 per child per year but no more than $2,000 awarded for the benefit of a child or youth in one granting cycle. The TAY grants provide targeted activist youth, ages 18 to 24, with special development grants of up to $1,000 per year to further their education.
The Attica Fund Prison Visit Program provides money for children and youths up to age 24 to visit activist parents from whom they have been separated because the activist parent has been imprisoned. Beneficiaries can only receive one Attica Prison Visit Program grant per year. The program is named after the infamous, maximum security prison in Upstate New York.
The Carry It Forward Awards provide $600 per year to beneficiaries aged 19 through 24 to help with the cost of books and supplies associated with post-high school education and training.
Insider’s Tip: In general, the RFC will fund such things as: counseling; school tuition; camp tuition; cultural lessons; after-school programs; prison visits; educational or therapeutic travel; and post high-school books and supplies for college or other educational training.
Contact: Rosenberg Fund for Children, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 348, Easthampton, MA, 01027, 413/529-0063 or Fax 413/529-0802.