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 Movement Strategy Dialogue co-thinking forum and a Council co-funding process. The Strategy Dialogue 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.
Celebrating 2018 Outcomes & Deliverables
- $168000 in funding for fourteen co-projects
- Best practices of funder-activist partnership
- Virtual peer reviews and virtual grant pool
- Stronger solidarity among movement leaders
- Deeper relationships within & across regions
2018 Organizations Funded
Center for Economic Democracy
Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute
New Economy Coalition
New England Grassroots Fund
Permaculture Action Network
Shareable/New Stories/PostCarbon Institute/Transition US
Sustainable Economies Law Center
Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory
Examples of Funded Projects
Center for Economic Democracy grows capacity in our communities to transform American capitalism into a more just, sustainable and democratic economy. They run the Boston Ujima community controlled business and finance ecosystem and partner with government agencies in Boston and Massachusetts on worker coops.
Permaculture Action Network connects educators, community organizers, grassroots projects, and performance artists through Permaculture Action Days and educational events in 60+ cities so far
Sustainable Economies Law Center provides legal tools so communities can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community. Tools include Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, Food & Farm, Community Renewable Energy Cooperative, and Policy Advocacy
To learn more about the upcoming 2019 Initiative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.