The Muste Institute supports several active grantmaking programs promoting
nonviolent action for social justice in the United States and around the
Social Justice Fund
Our Social Justice Fund needs your support to expand grantmaking. Please DONATE NOW.
Our Social Justice Fund makes grants for grassroots activist projects in the US and around the world, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources. We are especially interested in funding efforts to:
war and militarism
- abolish the death penalty
- support labor organizing
- defend immigrant rights
- oppose prison injustice
- expose the dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear power
Social Justice Fund Grant Guidelines
Past Social Justice Fund grants:
International Nonviolence Training Fund (INTF)
1994, this fund makes grants of up to $4,000 for trainings which help people
learn how to collectively use the theory and practice of nonviolent action
as part of ongoing campaigns or programs for social justice. Projects must
be located outside the United States, or within Native nations in the US.
INTF grants, 1994-2015
Support the INTF
Originally called Sheilah's Fund East to honor the
donor whose gifts sustain it, this fund has supported active nonviolence work
in Latin America since 1999. NOVA is the acronym used in Latin America for “No-Violencia
Nonviolence). The NOVA Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals; grant
recommendations are made by an associate of the Muste Institute with years
of experience supporting Latin American nonviolence efforts.
Past NOVA Fund
Counter Recruitment Fund
Active from 2006 to 2010, this fund made 12 to 30 grants annually of up to $1,500 to support grassroots efforts in the United States to inform young people about the realities of war and military service and alternative non-military work and study options. Grant recommendations were made by a committee of counter-recruitment activists.
Update 3/18/16: We are now supporting counter-recruitment projects through our Social Justice Fund.
Past CR Fund grants:
2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Adalys Vázquez Solidarity Travel Fund
Launched in 2007 as the NOVA Travel Fund, the Adalys Vázquez Solidarity Travel Fund was active through 2011, making grants of up to $1,500 to help base-level activists from Latin America and the Caribbean attend regional conferences and meetings. Grant recommendations were made by a committee of advisors representing different regions of Latin America.
• Information in English about the Adalys Fund:
• Past Adalys Fund grants:
October 2010-February 2011;
February & April 2010;
December 2008-February 2009;
Lanzado en 2007 como el Fondo NOVA-Viajes, el Fondo Solidario de Viajes "Adalys Vázquez" funcionó hasta finales del 2011, dando aportes de hasta US$1.500 para ayudar a que activistas de base de América Latina y el Caribe pudieran asistir a conferencias y reuniones regionales. Los aportes fueron recomendados por un comité de asesores representando a diferentes regiones de América Latina.
• Información en español acerca del Fondo Adalys:
• Aportes anteriores del Fondo Adalys: 2007
Freeman Internship Endowment
The Harrop A. and Ruth S. Freeman
Peace Internship Endowment was created in 1996 by a bequest from life-long
peace activists Ruth and Harrop Freeman to provide stipends to interns in the
War Resisters League’s national
office. The Freemans were close personal associates of A.J. Muste, and Harrop
— a radical lawyer and World War II conscientious objector — was one of the
founding board members of the Muste Institute. Read more here: warresisters.org/freeman-internships
Sara Ann Bilezikian Peace Internship Endowment
The Sara Ann Bilezikian Peace Internship Endowment was created in 2011 by a gift from Sophie and John Bilezikian in honor of their daughter's legacy of social justice action. Sara Bilezikian was a Freeman intern at the War Resisters League in 1998; she died in 2002. Read more here: warresisters.org/sara-bilezikian-peace-internship-program
September 11 Emergency Grant Fund (2001)
This fund made 18 grants between October and December 2001 in support of nonviolent actions against war and repression in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Read more here.
The Muste Institute is happy to work with donors to build our existing funds or establish new ones: contact us to find out how you can extend your support for nonviolent groups and projects within a convenient and flexible framework. Grants can be made to groups located anywhere in the world, whether or not they have a fiscal sponsor or tax-exempt charitable status. We look forward to hearing from you.