Our grantmaking is based on trust, relationships, and true partnership.

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Woman in a blue shirt with a postal service slogan raising fist and holding a sign

We believe philanthropy should seek deep, systemic, and long-lasting change—not charity.

Philanthropy has had a troubled history in our country, putting donors and wealth holders above communities and failing to be accountable to the people it’s supposed to serve.

Seeding Justice is taking a different approach: we believe that philanthropy should be transparent and people-led, and rooted in community; should focus on over-resourcing the communities who have been and continue to be disenfranchised and left behind, and who, despite it all, continue to resiliently thrive; and should seek deep, systemic, and long-lasting change—not charity.

Grants + Awards Programs

General Fund Grants

Our General Fund Grants prioritize funding for small, emergent, and grassroots organizations and those that are led by Black and Indigenous people and other communities of color, especially those that identify as having other intersecting identities, such as LGBTQIA2S+, immigrants and refugees, folks living with disabilities, people living with low incomes, folks that are currently or formerly incarcerated, houseless people, those living in rural communities, and others.

Rapid Response Grants

Rapid Response Grants are designed to provide current grantees with small grants to respond to emergencies and opportunities.

Lilla Jewel Awards

Lilla Jewel Awards—named in honor of artist, radical feminist, and suffragist Lilla Jewel— was created to address these inequities by resourcing and amplifying Oregon-based artists of marginalized genders who advance a social change message through their work.

Open Opportunities

If there are open opportunities, they will be listed through our Submittable page, below. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified when they open. ​