Grants Program

The New Economy Coalition’s Regranting Program is one of the organization’s longest-running and established efforts, having funded over 60 projects in the last three years.

Our grantmaking process is driven by the belief that youth and frontline organizations--those most impacted by the dominant economy-- are doing some of the most imaginative, creative work happening in the new economy sphere. Unfortunately, these vital projects are often left underfunded or completely unfunded because their leaders lack access to guarded funding streams. It is for this reason that NEC prioritizes directly resourcing youth and frontline leadership with “micro-grants” of up to $5000.

We also believe that these projects are stronger together and have a tremendous amount of knowledge and perspective to offer to not just one another, but the new economy movement writ large. Our work with grantees grounds us in the needs, successes, and challenges of communities working towards a new economy, as we also stretch to strategize and vision at a movement-wide level. Therefore, we are dedicated to weaving our grantees’ movement work with each other and the broader NEC membership, through relationship-building, shared movement spaces, and storytelling.

History of NEC’s Youth and Frontline Regranting Program

The program launched in 2013, by supporting new economy conferences and gatherings on campuses across the country. In addition to grant funding, NEC staff traveled to every event to offer on-hand support to student organizing efforts.

In 2014, we disbursed more than $55,000 to young people imagining and building a new economy, both on campuses and in community organizations. We made twice the number of grants as we did in 2013, supporting more than 30 projects, campaigns, and convenings across the US and Canada.

In 2015, we regranted a total of $50,00. Additionally, we expanded the “Youth and Student” umbrella and solicited grant proposals from organizations on the frontlines of the extractive economy and community-led solutions, an area that shares considerable overlap with our range of current grantees. Supporting emergent new economic practice and movements is central to our work as an organization, and we are excited to continue funding projects at the cutting edge of building an economy that works for everyone.

NEC’s Youth and Student Grant Recipients

  • 99Rise Occidental College
  • Aynah
  • Bay Bucks/Transition SF
  • Big 10 Real Food Challenge
  • Black Youth Project 100**
  • The Boston Center for Community Ownership
  • Center for Economic Democracy
  • Center for Story-Based Strategy
  • CoFED
  • CommonBound Scholarships
  • Cooperative Economic Alliance of New York City
  • Divestment Student Network**
  • Dream Defenders**
  • Enlace
  • Full Circles Foundation
  • Grand Aspirations
  • Grassroots Ecology Project
  • Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy
  • Intelligent Mischief
  • Icarus Project
  • Kentuckians for the Commonwealth**
  • LeftRoots**
  • Local Inland Northwest Cooperative
  • Los Jardines Institute
  • Maroon Project **
  • Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment
  • NASCO Institute
  • Oakleaf Urban Homestead
  • Our Power Detroit
  • Participatory Budgeting St. Louis
  • POWER San Francisco
  • Raised in Revolution
  • Reinvest in Our Power Network
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition
  • Riverwest Cooperative Alliance
  • SolidarityNYC
  • Sub/urban Justice and YMORE
  • United Student for Fair Trade
  • U-Pass Campaign
  • US Cooperative Youth Council
  • US Department of Arts and Culture
  • US Fedferation of Worker Cooperatives
  • US Solidarity Economy Network
  • West Virginia Family and Kids Coalition
  • Wildfire Project
  • Worcester Roots
  • Working World

**Grasping at the Root Travel Grant Recipient