Application Process


Democratic Philanthropy In Action

Request for Proposal Release Date: TBA

Proposal Submission Deadline: TBA


Applicants may request general support or project support. In SPF’s 2019 grants cycle, organizations had to have operating budgets of $350,000 or less to receive general support. Organizations with operating budgets over $350,000 could apply for project support only.

A site visit is required for new applicants, a phone interview is sufficient for previous grantees. Members of SPF grants committees will contact organizations being considered to schedule a site visit or phone interview. 

SPF’s grants committees, made up of SPF members, make grants decisions which are then ratified by the Board.  In most cases groups are notified of grants decisions by mid-October. 

Grantees must submit a final report on the use of their grant, as described in their application. New requests will not be considered until all final reports have been submitted.

If an organization has received five consecutive years of regular grant cycle funding, it must take a year off before making a new grants request. Organizations unsure about grants status may contact SPF’s program department at To receive announcements regarding the regular grants cycle, groups must contact the program department at and request that they be placed in their email database.

Discretionary Fund

Applicants must fall within SPF’s guidelines and have a focus on grassroots community organizing in the rural South, in one or more of SPF’s initiatives or program areas.  Existing grantees or organizations new to SPF may apply.

Discretionary fund resources are limited. Organizations may submit a maximum of two requests per year for a total reward of $2,500 per year.  

Discretionary funding areas: 

There is no application form. Requests must:

Applications are reviewed by SPF’s program officer and should be emailed to SPF’s Program Officer will review the application and can answer questions about the application process or supporting documents.

Justice Fund for Disaster Relief and Renewal

Climate change and environmental disasters increasing in number and intensity pose a clear and present threat to human rights and economic development in the rural South.

When Katrina and Rita devastated rural communities from Florida to Louisiana 14 years ago, SPF brought funders together to create a funding collaborative focused on aid and equitable redevelopment. SPF pointed out the hardest hit and slowest to recover communities, due to lesser developed infrastructure, are always communities with the lowest income, often of color. New Orleans’ ninth ward was a glaring example.  

SPF argued that the goal of relief must be to help these communities attain new standards of political and economic health and wholeness, rather than restoring their previous underserved and impoverished norms.  

Today, SPF’s Justice Fund for Disaster Relief and Renewal is showing rural communities how to use redevelopment opportunities to convert a disaster into a launchpad.  

Application process is similar to Discretionary Fund application process.