Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Carry on the Fight Fund?

The Carry on the Fight Fund is a national funder collaborative supported by Omidyar Network, the Ford Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, that seeks to balance political and economic power by supporting local and state-based grassroots organizations with grant funding to sustain issue advocacy campaigns aimed at building worker power, increasing community control of economic resources, and reducing inequality.

The Carry on the Fight Fund is focused initially on grassroots power building in Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, and Minnesota.

By providing countercyclical funding, the Carry on the Fight Fund organizes money to prevent the backslide that typically occurs after Election Day and ensure grassroots groups in priority states have the capacity to hold public officials accountable in 2021 while continuing to build power for successful legislative and electoral campaigns in 2022 and 2024.

The Carry on the Fight Fund supports organizations with funding to implement policy change campaigns, hold elected candidates accountable to campaign promises through issue advocacy, and build communities’ long-term power following the 2020 election through strategies that might include grassroots base-building, decentralized decision-making process, public education, town halls, and digital advocacy among others.

The Carry on the Fight Fund aims to:

  • Enable grassroots organizations to hold elected candidates accountable to their constituents on critical economic issues;
  • Funnel momentum built during the 2020 election cycle into efforts that support structural economic reform initiatives in 2022 and 2024; and
  • Ensure efforts to raise public awareness, understanding, and support for a new economic paradigm continue after Election Day.

No, you do not have to be a current or past grantee of any Carry on the Fight Fund funder to apply for support from the Fund. The Fund gives us the opportunity to immediately help organizations we are familiar with while being able to engage with new partners and move money to coalition efforts as they materialize. Throughout the year, we plan to support a mix of existing and new partners. We are particularly interested in reaching grassroots groups that are facing a post-election funding bust that these funds would help to address.

Receiving support from this fund does not increase the likelihood of additional support from the Carry on the Fight Fund. At the moment we envision this as a one-time grant.

We plan to award funds to give an extra boost to increase grassroots groups’ political power, augment their ability to secure wins over time, and feedback on their organizing and recruitment to strengthen and expand base leadership. Examples of innovation include:

  • Connecting election year field organizing to issue advocacy;
  • Clearly-defined roles and responsibilities distributed or arrayed across a growing and diverse base;
  • Experimental organizational designs that balance centralized and decentralized decision-making and strategizing;
  • Campaigns focused on policy implementation, not only legislative action;
  • Experimentation amongst electoral-only groups with issue planning and issue campaigns off-cycle;
  • Expansion of organizational agendas to include structural economic reforms

There is no limit on the amount of funding you can request as long as the entire amount is expressly to sustain momentum following the 2020 elections and advance policies that will reshape our economic system and will be carried out over the next 12 to 15 months. Through this RFP, we are specifically aiming to support organizations’ innovations, experimentation, and learning. Grant sizes will range from $25,000 – $125,000, depending on the scope of the project. In total, we anticipate awarding approcimately $570,000 (up to $525,000 in c3 funding and up to $45,000 in c4 funding).

The Carry on the Fight Fund is currently accepting applications for support and the deadline is Monday, March 15 at 11:59 PM ET. You can access an application here.

The Carry on the Fight Fund is currently accepting applications for support and the deadline is Monday, March 15 at 11:59 PM ET. You can access an application here.

The Fund is intended to provide strategic advocacy support to existing efforts. Thus, we will not disburse funding to programs that need to be started completely anew. However, we are open to supporting existing efforts that are adding an advocacy component to their work to leverage the current socio-political and economic opportunity.

You can access an application here.

We will review applications as they are received. If you are selected to receive a grant from the Fund, we will notify you and immediately move to disperse funds.

For decades, economic policies have prioritized and incentivized shareholder profit, taken away working people’s power and voice, and delegitimized the critical role government plays in our lives. Now, in the midst of this crisis, we have an opportunity to hit reset and create an economic system that works for everyone, not just a wealthy few.

ARe you ready to carry on the fight?