Inroads is postponing competitive project grants and travel support in order to shift network resources towards emergency funding support around COVID-19 response.
Funding for equipment and subscriptions is now available for inroads members, so that members can more nimbly respond to evolving connection, communication, and safety needs in this time.
Connection, communication, and solidarity are key elements to busting abortion stigma. Due to the current pandemic, inroads members who typically work together with colleagues and comrades are instead separate. Members who bring people from communities together are forced to remain isolated physically and socially. These needs often impact inroads members across sectors and are only exacerbated by the current pandemic. We are now focusing our resources on the essential role of connection and communication in stigma-busting.
As inroads is uniquely focused on reducing stigma, this funding is intended for members working to reduce stigma and discrimination. It is not intended for safe abortion projects or family planning projects with wider scope. This fund is designed to support the ways that communication, connections, mutual support, and solidarity- essential components of stigma busting and movement work- are being interrupted by the impacts of the current global pandemic. These funds are designed to support economically vulnerable members who typically do not have access to funding that pays for capital expenses such as mobile devices, portable computers, data or internet services, or subscriptions to software for web-based meeting.
Applications for these funds will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 30, 2020.
This fund can accommodate requests for equipment, subscriptions, and services. We expect most requests to be around USD $1000, and all requests must be less than $5000. The purpose of this funding is to prioritize applicants who directly need to address immediate, basic needs to their work. Some examples include:
This funding is aimed at inroads members who typically do not have access to funding for their stigma-busting work. In order to apply for funding the following must be true:
To apply for emergency funding, please complete this application form. The application window is rolling, and decisions will be made bi-weekly between June 18 and July 30, 2020. Applications or solicitations sent or entered through any other pathway/address after this time will not be considered.
If you have any problems with the submission form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This email inbox will be monitored for questions Monday through Friday, East Coast US (EDT) business hours during the application submission window. The form and this announcement are in English, and you may complete your responses to the application form in English, Spanish, or French.
A NOTE ABOUT LANGUAGE: Using translation services, we are able to review project proposals and reports submitted in English, Spanish, or French.
Typically, inroads Partnership Fund opportunities are open to all inroads members (currently 1500+ members) and are quite competitive. This round is an assistance fund, not a competition, and is specifically designed to support inroads members who need financial support for equipment, supplies, and subscriptions to connect individuals working to bust stigma virtually. There are a few things to consider as you apply:
Inroads can not fund applications that:
The following is a list of opportunities and resources that we’ve learned about that may be of interest for inroads members. Most of these are not abortion-specific, but may intersect with members’ stigma-reduction efforts, or with the very real and emergent needs to address the environment surrounding abortion, stigma-reduction and ensuring access.
Open Technology Fund Rapid Response Fund supporting the digital emergency response community: https://www.opentech.fund/funds/rapid-response-fund/
Digital Guides and Trainings, curated by the Global Greengrants Fund: https://sites.google.com/view/greengrants-covid-resources/home?authuser=0#h.cu3i2sk7kty
Digital Security Basics: https://sites.google.com/view/greengrants-covid-resources/home?authuser=0#h.cu3i2sk7kty
Peace First Rapid Response grants for young people leading community efforts to address the impact of COVID-19: https://www.peacefirst.org/covid-19
Grantstation Database of COVID-19-related grant opportunities for nonprofits, small business, journalists, and artists: https://grantstation.com/covid-19-related-funding
Candid Database of COVID-19-related grant opportunities: https://candid.org/explore-issues/coronavirusCall for Arctivists: funding for partnerships between artists and activists responding to the outbreak of COVID-19: https://www.hrdhub.org/arctivists