MRG’s Peace Fund strengthened Oregon’s peace movement by funding groups that are building connections between peace and social justice; drawing new people into the movement; and organizing to direct policy and resources away from war and into peace and social justice.
The fund prioritized work that fosters deep thinking, broad-based leadership development and the cross-organizational collaboration that is necessary for strategic peace movement building.
To learn more about the groups that received grants, take a look at this list of Peace Fund grantees.
The Peace Fund supported groups that are:
The maximum single grant award was $5,000
While the Peace Fund is no longer active as of Summer 2010, our funding criteria were:
1. Located in Oregon. Proposals must be submitted by groups located in the state and must be directed toward Oregonians.
2. Limited access to mainstream funding. MRG Foundation funds groups that do not receive funding from more traditional sources -- because they are too radical or they are too small or they just don't know the "right" people. Also, your operating budget must be below $300,000.
3. Grassroots organizing for peace. We define organizing as the effort to bring people together to use their collective power to challenge the political, social and economic institutions and systems that perpetuate war and injustice. Within this criteria, we prioritize:
4. Strategic peace movement building. We define movement building as a collaborative process that explores the root causes of injustice and war, develops a long-term vision of peace and social justice, defines a political agenda or campaign to move toward that vision, and implements a specific strategy for achieving that agenda. Within this criteria, we prioritize:
5. Dismantling oppression. Institutionalized oppression such as racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and ableism are primary tools used to perpetuate injustice. Dismantling oppression refers to the proactive process of confronting privilege and challenging the institutional structures - both internal and external to the organization - that perpetuate oppression. Within this criteria, we prioritize: