Seeding Justice Rapid Response Grant Opportunity

Our Rapid Response grants program is designed to provide current grantees with quickly deployed small grants to respond to emergencies and opportunities.


In order to be eligible for funding, groups must:

  • be a current Seeding Justice grantee;
  • have an annual operating budget of less than $500,000; and
  • not have received another Rapid Response grant in the same fiscal year (Seeding Justice’s fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30)

Proposals for Rapid Response grants must clearly articulate the urgency for funds or immediate need of the organization. If the request is not urgent, we encourage groups to apply for our General Fund grants.

Rapid Response grants are not meant to address major climate or global catastrophes such as the COVID-19 pandemic, floods or wildfires. They are very small grants to address an unanticipated opportunity or challenge, such as attending an event, purchasing needed technology, or getting some professional help when there’s a leadership transition in the organization.


  • Critical Response grants: Maximum of $4,000 for immediate and critical needs. For example, organizing community gatherings/meetings in response to traumatic events; unexpected challenges within the organization, such as an executive transition; or unique and timely opportunities, such as having an expert present to your organization.
  • Travel grants: No more than $1,500 for organizations that are faced with unexpected travel-related expenses. Examples of things we would consider funding include registration fees and/or travel-related expenses for attending conferences, meetings or events that are unexpected but that present a unique opportunity for the group to network, learn and grow. Priority will be given to organizations based outside of the Portland Metro area.
  • Technology grants: Up to $1,000 for grassroots organizations for unexpected technology needs. For example, replacing a malfunctioning computer, paying for technology that would allow your staff/community members to meet remotely, or renting equipment for a community gathering or training. Priority will be given to organizations based outside of the Portland Metro area.


Organizations may apply for Rapid Response grant funding on a rolling basis provided that funds are available. Seeding Justice replenishes the Rapid Response grant program each fiscal year on July 1 and January 1.

To the extent possible, we try to make Rapid Response grant funding available quickly, but we encourage groups, if at all possible, to plan ahead and apply for funds at least two weeks before they need the funds.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.