The TRC Co-Project Initiative engages North American regional and national grasstops community resilience leaders in collaborative project (“co-project”) strategizing and participatory budgeting of a virtual funding pool co-funded by multiple donors.
We build collective wisdom and impact by inviting respected peers’ participation in an annual Roundtable co-thinking forum and a Council co-funding process. The Roundtable is open to the TRCC Community and its wider network of friends and allies. Community members can submit grant nominations to the Council. The Council is the peer decision-making body: a trusted diverse group of activist-funder voices. The Council selects nominations in January, reviews proposals in May, and makes grant recommendations to donors in August.
In conventional philanthropy, funders have the decision-making power. The Initiative breaks down those power structures because activists who have applied for grants are the majority voice at the decision-making table. The Initiative also promotes multi-stakeholder alliances by nurturing cross-cultural relationships and collaboration. The Initiative is hosted by the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC) and sponsored by the Threshold Foundation’s Thriving Resilient Communities Funding Circle (TRCF) and others.
**Read the Initiative’s 2016 Report HERE
Celebrating 2016 Outcomes & Deliverables
Collaborative thinking around project strategies
- 40+ peer reviewers from 25+ organizations
$178,000 in funding for seven co-projects
- up 21% from 2015
Best practices of funder-activist partnership
- peer reviews & multi-funder grant pool
Stronger solidarity among movement leaders
- Deeper relationships within & across regions
In 2015 (the Initiative’s first year), the two biggest grants were given to eco-justice alliances. The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) grant helped fund the Summer of Our Power engagement campaign, United Nations COP21 Climate Change Conference strategizing, and the birth of the ReInvest Network. The Just Resilience Collaborative (JRC) grant uses the Community Resilience Challenge as a mechanism to develop cross-cultural engagement. The JRC alliance was born within the TRCC community and continues to develop collective impact campaigns that span from grassroots to institutions. The organizations that form the JRC have a strong record in driving local action that makes global change as seen in these collective metrics.
In 2016, the Initiative prioritized regional co-projects in the SFBay and New England.
- ReInvest Network donor-investor efforts to develop democratically governed financial cooperatives and a coordinated campaign to move fossil fuel divested funds to these cooperatives (Boston Ujima & Coop Richmond)
- Cross-cultural community engagement (Just Resilience Collaborative)
- SFBay urban farming cohort with a public agriculture land commons (Permaculture for the People)
- Regional leader networking in New England (NERT) and SFBay (NorCal Network) linked through a national hub (TRCC)
- Movement story-telling resource hub and training program (New Economy Coalition)
To learn more about the upcoming 2017 Initiative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.