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Our Commitment to Grantmaking

At Haymarket, we stand firm to uphold our mission of supporting grassroots groups across New England by providing much-needed resources. For over forty years, we've provided money to almost every major social justice movement in New England. We are moving forward with a commitment to anti-racist organizing and the deepest respect for the efforts and accomplishments of the groups we fund. 


About Our Grants

Haymarket currently offers two kinds of grants - Sustaining Grants and Urgent Response Grants - for social justice organizing work happening in the New England region. We are committed to supporting both urban and rural organizing across the region. In addition to supporting groups that have a long history of grassroots organizing, we also support start-up and emerging organizations. We make grants for both general operating support and project work.

Haymarket gives grants to groups active in the 6 New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Grant decisions are made by Funding Panel Members who collectively determine grant awards according to Haymarket's mission, vision, and principles. Through their organizing and accountability to their constituencies, Funding Panel members help shape Haymarket's work for justice and equity across New England. 

Tax-Exempt Status: You do not have to have 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the IRS or a fiscal sponsor in order to get a grant from Haymarket. You can apply if your work falls within what the IRS defines as charitable or educational tax-exempt activities. Please contact us if you would like more information. ​

​We evaluate all applications for funding according to  a set of criteria.  

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We evaluate all applications for funding according to a set of criteria.

Sustaining Grants

Sustaining Grants are for up to $20,000 for grassroots, social change organizations that meet our funding criteria. Grant sizes are determined after a careful evaluation of each proposal taking into account Haymarket’s criteria and commitment to strengthening anti-racist movement building in New England.

The 2023-2024 Sustaining Grant Deadline is Wednesday, November 29, 2023. 

To receive an application, please review our Grant Information Packet. If you feel your project or work fits our funding criteria after reviewing the Grant Information Packet, please email or call our office at 617-522 -7676 ext.115 to schedule a time to talk about your work. If we feel you meet our basic criteria, we will send you an application package. Requests for applications will be considered up until November 27, 2023. 


 All groups that have been funded in the past three years will be emailed an application package in October 2023.

 You can also watch our Grant Information Webinar to learn more about our Funding Criteria and Grants Process.

Urgent Response Grants

Urgent Response Grants are for up to $5,000 to help grassroots, social change organizations respond quickly to unforeseen crises or opportunities that critically affect your organization and constituency. This includes unexpected events, political crises, or organizing opportunities. 

We are prioritizing funding work being led by and taking place in communities of color across New England.  Priority will be given to frontline people of color-led organizations who incorporate anti-racism and anti-oppression values and practice into their work.  We do not fund groups with budgets over $400,000.


Groups are eligible for one Urgent Response Grant in addition to a Sustaining Grant during our 2023-2024 Grant Cycle.


Grants are NOT to be used for ongoing program work (including expenses the organization should have anticipated), for financial crises or a shortfall in projected funding, or because the group missed a funding deadline.

To receive an application, you must first call (617) 522-7676  ext. 115 and speak with a Haymarket staff person about your request. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis as long as funding is available. Interviews are by phone as needed.  Groups will be notified about grant decisions 2 - 4 weeks after we receive your application. For more information, questions, or to receive an application, email Jaime Smith at

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Reporting & Communications

All grantees are responsible for completing a follow-up report. The report is a brief summary of a grantee organization's reflections of the goals and outcomes in the original grant request. It explains how the funds received were utilized and the impact created in the community. 

We want an opportunity to uplift the important work grantees are doing. If you would like to share more information about your organization, campaigns, events, etc., please feel free to email

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