Supporting Nonviolence and Social Justice Since 1974.
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1999 Roster of Grants and Sponsorships

Direct grants of up to $2,000 are issued from the Muste Institute's grantmaking program to a particular project or organization. The International Nonviolence Training Fund (INTF) is a special donor-advised fund which makes grants of up to $3,000 to nonviolence training projects outside the US (or in native communities within the US). Sheilah's Fund East (SFE) is a donor-advised fund which supports active nonviolence work, primarily in Latin America; grants are made on the recommendation of the donor.

Fiscal sponsorships, listed on a separate roster, are funds from institutional grants and individual tax-deductible donations which the Muste Institute accepts as agent for the fiscally sponsored project or organization.

Separate guidelines are available for general grants, fiscal sponsorships and INTF grants. For information, please see our website at www.ajmuste.org or contact us at 339 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012; phone 212-533-4335; fax 212-228-6193; [email protected].

Corporación SER PAZ
Guayaquil, Ecuador: $10,000. (SFE)
For trainings in conflict resolution and educational work to promote a culture of peace in Ecuador.

EarthRights International
Seattle, WA: $1,000. (INTF)
For trainings to inform Burmese refugee women about their basic human rights--including the right to live free from gender-based violence and abuse--and help them develop strategies and skills to defend those rights.

East Timor Action Network (ETAN)
White Plains, NY: $6,224.40
Fiscal sponsorship for the International Federation for East Timor (IFET) Observer Project, assisting in the monitoring of the United Nations-sponsored popular consultation on East Timor's political status.

The Everardo Foundation
Austin, TX: $1,800.
For a series of workshops and community meetings in Guatemala organized by the Northern Campesino Movement Association (AMOCAN) to promote the rights of former refugees.

Fellowship of Reconciliation - Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean
San Francisco, CA: $2,000. (SFE)
For the Acteal campaign carried out by SERPAJ-Cuernavaca (see below) to commemorate the anniversary of the December 1997 paramilitary massacre of more than 40 civilians in Acteal, in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The campaign involved the distribution of cards, flyers and stickers urging the public to work for peace.

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
Gainesville, FL: $2,000.
For a campaign to organize and educate the public about the dangers of the US government's nuclear and military space programs, which are being stepped up as funding for social needs is slashed.

Gurukul Ecumenical Institute and Peace Centre
Kerala, India: $1,000. (INTF)
For training camps and courses helping young people to build skills for nonviolent action toward social justice.

Institute for Southern Studies
Durham, NC: $1,000.
To raise awareness and educate communities about the working conditions of farmworkers in North Carolina and their efforts to organize to change those conditions.

Labor Research and Education Project
Detroit, MI: $2,000.
For a Union Democracy School and local training sessions, working with union members to build effective rank and file organization in the workplace, and to promote democracy and active participation within unions.

Men's Rape Prevention Project
Washington, DC: $2,000.
For a Speaker Training Manual to be used in anti-rape and sexual violence workshops, training young people to recognize rape-supporting behaviors and learn nonviolent strategies for confronting them.

Mexico Solidarity Network
Chicago, IL: $1,000.
For travel expenses of US speaking tours by Berta Luhan, a leader of the Authentic Labor Front (FAT), Mexico's largest independent labor union; and Esperanza Rascón Córdoba, a co-founder of the National Indigenous Congress in Mexico City.

Michigan Peace Team
Lansing, MI: $2,000.
For the Peace in Chiapas (PIC) Project, sending a long-term accompaniment peace team to nine Mayan Chol communities threatened by paramilitary groups in the northern zone of Tila municipality in Mexico's Chiapas state.

Midwest Institute for Social Transformation
Minneapolis, MN: $500.
For "Committing to Peace: Generation to Generation," an education conference and nonviolence training to be held in St. Paul, Minnesota, Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

National Center for Democracy, Liberty and Justice
Los Angeles, CA: $1,000.
For outreach and organizing in US indigenous and Mexican immigrant communities, educating people about the indigenous struggle for justice in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, focusing on militarization and the role of US military aid.

Northwest Military and Draft Counseling
Portland, OR: $1,500.
For strengthening student outreach as part of an educational project to challenge military recruitment in Portland area high schools.

Luck, WI: $2,000.
For organizing and educational events to build nonviolent resistance in response to the US Navy's Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) project in northern Wisconsin.

The Peace Museum
Chicago, IL: 300 pamphlets.
Providing literature for the "Women's Peace Initiatives: Transforming Communities" exhibit, demonstrating the role of women in creating and sustaining peace and social justice over the past century.

Peace Tax Foundation
Washington, DC: $1,000.
For production of a new video to educate the public about the movement for a Peace Tax Fund, an effort to legalize conscientious objection to war taxes through legislation.

Prison Project of Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM: $2,000.
To increase distribution of the Coalition for Prisoners' Rights newsletter, which links prison issues to other social justice issues, including militarism.

Rede em Busca da Paz
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: $5,000. (SFE)
For the Alternatives to Violence Project, to train trainers for a national peace program in institutions and schools in Brazil.

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
Boulder, CO: $500.
For the Prison Moratorium Campaign, initiating grassroots organizing in opposition to the expansion of private prisons and for the redirection of resources toward social needs.

Servicio Paz y Justicia-América Latina
Montevideo, Uruguay: $20,000. (SFE)

For administration of the SERPAJ peace and justice network's regional coordinating office, promoting education and nonviolent action for social justice.

Servicio Paz y Justicia (SERPAJ) - Costa Rica
San José, Costa Rica: $8,000. (SFE)
For nonviolence education and training in the areas of human rights, environmental protection, conflict resolution, labor rights and alternative health care, among others.

Servicio Paz y Justicia - Cuernavaca
Cuernavaca, Mexico: $8,000. (SFE)
For the Nonviolent Reflection and Action program, including research on militarization in Mexico, workshops on nonviolence theory and practice, and publication of materials on militarization and active nonviolence.

Servicio Paz y Justicia del Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador: $5,000. (SFE)
For the "Peace Education Institute," providing nonviolence education and training in support of conscientious objection and toward building a social movement to end violence and injustice.

Servicio Paz y Justicia - Paraguay
Asunción, Paraguay: $10,000. (SFE)
To support development of a community peace center in Asunción which will be used for workshops and special events, and will provide a stable home for the offices of SERPAJ-Paraguay and other human rights and social justice groups.

Servicio Paz y Justicia de Tabasco
Villahermosa, Mexico: $4,500. (SFE)
Education and nonviolent action for social justice, and promotion of democratic participation, human rights, environmental protection and peace.

Working Massachusetts
Boston, MA: $2,000.
For a direct action campaign in Massachusetts geared toward overturning the unjust welfare "reform" policies which are cutting off support to families in need.

1999 Grant Totals

General grants (16): $ 22,300.
SFE grants (9): $ 72,500.
INTF grants (2): $ 2,000.

Total 1999 grants: $ 96,800.

Other 1999 Distributions
(see sponsorship roster)

Sponsored contributions: $106,158.35
Freeman intern stipends: $ 5,657.50

Total 1999 distributions: $208,615.85

* The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute makes small grants to support nonviolent activism for social justice. These general grants range from $500 to $2,000. We also provide fiscal sponsorship for a number of groups (see separate roster), and administer two donor-advised funds, the International Nonviolence Training Fund and Sheilah's Fund East (see information below). In addition, we administer the Freeman Internship Fund, which pays a stipend to interns working at the War Resisters League national office (see sponsorship roster).

The International Nonviolence Training Fund (INTF) is a special donor-directed fund which makes grants to nonviolence training projects outside the US (or in native communities within the US). INTF grants range from $500 to $3,000.

Sheilah's Fund East (SFE) is a donor-advised fund which supports active nonviolence work, primarily in Latin America. Grants are made on the recommendation of the donor.

Separate guidelines are available for general grants, fiscal sponsorships and INTF grants. For guidelines or other information, please contact the Muste Institute at the address below.