Get Up Rise Up Direct Action Fund – Africa

Deadline: 5-Aug-23

Do you have a bold, creative idea for your campaign—or a daring and urgent direct action—but you need a little tangible boost (i.e. cash) to help it happen? Africans Rising, ActionAidDK, ClimateActionNetwork-International, and Beautiful Trouble bring you the Get Up Rise Up [GURU] Direct Action Fund!

The purpose of the Get Up, Rise Up direct action fund is to support activists globally to shift power through strategic nonviolent direct actions to create a more social and ecological just, healthy, and equitable world for all. While doing so the fund also seek to advance the theories, principles, methods and tactics of strategic nonviolent direct action, building from lessons at the frontlines and add these to the collective world of social movement wisdom.

The goal is to support with streamlined micro-doses of resources to your campaign so that your group can focus on what you do best: organizing, educating and making beautiful, inspiring trouble!

Grant Amount
Grants range from $250 – $1000. In very exceptional circumstances, they may consider grants above $1000.

Geographic Location
Priority will be given to applicants on the African continent. However, grants are open for any and all geographic locations where access to resources are limited and where there are opportunities for specific lessons for the broader movement or activist community.

They fund direct actions and direct action tools
Request for funding must be for either a:

Direct action: At its core, direct action is about power. Smart direct action assesses power dynamics and finds a way to shift them. Preference will be given to actions that are creative.

Direct action tool: a physical (i.e. equipment), digital (i.e. software), or skill-based (i.e. training) tool that is a prerequisite for enabling a successful direct action. Such tools must be unambiguously related to a direct action that will take place within a reasonable timeline from the date of access to such tools.

Who should apply?
This fund is open for established groups (formal or informal), and in some cases individuals, who have been working on a specific issue or cause and are seeking funding for a direct action or a direct action tool as part of an ongoing campaign.

The fund has a clear focus on under-served, under resourced populations and communities. They actively seek to support informal movements and understand that it can often be difficult for such groups to have formal and/or legal structures, thus they do not require groups to be formally registered.

They prioritize underfunded areas and/or communities.
Underfunded issue areas or constituencies are strongly encouraged to apply.


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