Collaborative Funding

 

TRCC’s collaborative funding serves as a  U.S.-based Social Impact Accelerator, strengthening local and regional resilience through funding collaborative networks for climate, economy, and justice. The annual funding cycle is a pioneering model to amplify the collective impact of networks of organizations to think and work together. We use a systems-based approach to develop impact strategies and cooperative networks in three stages or cycles. We practice Collaborative Funding by involving both funders and grantees in funding decisions. The funding cycle is hosted by the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory and co-sponsored by the Threshold Foundation and other aligned funders.

The Incubator cycle (★ in diagram) funds short-term working groups led by one or more TRCC members. TRCC has funded over $40,000 for 20+ Incubator working groups. Financial contracts in the $1000-$4000 range support everything from initiative prototyping to collective inquiries to regional convergences. These agile investments have consistently led to either fast failure (a valuable outcome!) or the next phase (and often Catalyst funding).  Read an Impact Story HERE.

The Catalyst grant cycle (★ in diagram) is governed by the TRC Council of majority resilience organizers with some funders. The Council is a deep democracy model of whole community stewardship of local food, water, energy, land, and economy systems.  How we decide together is as important as what we decide together. In conventional philanthropy, funders have the decision-making power. The Council breaks down those power structures because grant applicants are the majority voice at the decision-making table.

The TRC Council has recommended over $800,000 in Catalyst grant funds to 40+ projects over four years and advised an additional $300,000 in prior years. Grants in the $8-50k range support permaculture and climate actions, land trusts, music tours, democratic loan funds, energy co-ops, network hub operations, and more. Not only is the Council itself a powerful collaboration, the grants it allocates are increasingly collaborative. TRCC members are now frequently partnering on projects built on our years of connections and experiences.  The Council contracts with the Threshold Foundation as a community partner for the Catalyst grantmaking process. The Council selects nominations in January, reviews proposals in May, and makes grant recommendations to donors in August.

The 10X Challenge is a new cycle in discovery phase for 2020. To learn more, please emailcontact@thrivingresilience.org

TRC Collaborative Funding Brochure

TRC Collaborative Funding Brochure

TRC Council funds US-based organizations to accelerate local & regional resilience in collaborative networks for climate, economy, and justice. Complex issues need a “whole community” approach to link across regions, creating a massive shift in culture & behavior. We practice Democratic Philanthropy by involving allies (including grantees) in funding decisions. ...
Catalyst Grant Kumu Map

Catalyst Grant Kumu Map

This TRCC kumu map snapshot shows the range of scale of the direct impact of TRC Catalyst grantees in 2017 + 2018. Notice that the most dense connections are around the region node, but there are many connections between all scales. Several members operate at every scale from local to global. Click HERE to see ...
My Experience on the TRC Council

My Experience on the TRC Council

It is rare as a grassroots community organizer to have the decision making power to grant tens of thousands of dollars to organizations doing incredibly important work around the country. It’s rarer yet to be able to dig into the details of their work, learn about their strategies and spark ideas ...