Crossing Divides 2024

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Kindle Project and Cotyledon Fund are pleased to announce a new round of funding for Crossing Divides, a grantmaking program for groups that are addressing conflict and bringing people together to promote healing across aisles and despite differences. Crossing Divides will provide one-time grants of up to $10,000 for projects from community-based non-profit or fiscally sponsored organizations in Arizona, Mississippi, and Nebraska.

Kindle Project and Cotyledon Fund first collaborated on Crossing Divides in 2021. We questioned the well-worn storyline: Americans are caught in bubbles and hopelessly divided, and conversation, let alone cooperation, is less and less possible because people donā€™t trust institutions or each other. Suspecting there is more to the story, we launched Crossing Divides as a pilot. We wanted to know how people define conflict, and “the other” or the “enemy,” how they work toward deeper understanding and possible resolution, and how we might support the most effective approaches so that more communities can cultivate durable peace and resilience across the United States.

In the process, we learned that many communities are addressing and even resolving critical conflicts, and they are rebuilding the trust necessary to work together through future challenges and upheaval. We awarded grants to 12 organizations tackling a diverse range of conflicts using a diverse range of methods. Grantee organizations shared their methods, challenges, and hopes in this 2023 reflection.

We want to continue supporting these grassroots efforts this year. Are you part of a group that is doing this work? We are curious about and open to any approaches that people are experimenting with, and we invite you to share what you think will work in your community.

Resolving conflict is an enduring, often non-linear process with a mix of setbacks and successes. We are interested in supporting efforts that fall broadly on the spectrumā€”from people in conflict agreeing to start a conversation, to groups that have built enough trust that they are creating a shared solution, or anywhere in between. Our main requirement is that the end goal be not simply getting to know others, but ultimately working together, even if the road to that goal is long.

Click the drop-down menus below for more information. Apply through this webform.

Grant criteria

All applications that meet the following criteria will be considered for funding by our review panel. Please note that only organizations with U.S. 501c3 non-profit status or a verified fiscal sponsor qualify for this grant.

Applicant requirements:

  • Have U.S. 501c3 non-profit status or a verified fiscal sponsor
  • Not engage in partisan or proselytizing activities with funding from the grant*
  • Be located in Arizona, Mississippi, or Nebraska
  • Have an annual budget of $750,000 or lessĀ 
  • Be local, grassroots, community-based organizations (local chapters of national groups may apply, as long as the work is designed and implemented by local community members)Ā 
  • Have NOT previously received a Crossing Divides grant

Project requirements:

  • Define the conflict and its context and describe specific project or activities people will engage in to cross the divide
  • Address an issue that has real consequences for local people’s lives, their livelihoods, and/or the area’s natural resourcesĀ 
  • Be rooted in the community and use grassroots approaches
  • Demonstrate likelihood of tangible and visible results from the funding
  • Demonstrate likelihood that people will move beyond just “getting to know each other” to working together, even if the process may take a long time

General requirements:

  • Promote well-being and dignity for all people and the planet
  • Show creativity, adaptability, and willingness to try something where other tactics have not succeeded
  • Be committed to a peaceful resolution for all involved, even if it seems difficult to achieve
  • Be willing to move beyond national partisan narratives and think/act locally with understanding of local perspectives

*Partisan and proselytizing activities refer to those intended to recruit people to causes, beliefs, or political partiesĀ 

Review team

Angela Y. Carson has over 27 years of management and training experience in the community development, military, and educational fields. She founded Carson Consulting Services in 2001 to help organizations, corporations, and government agencies increase their effectiveness. She is founder and executive director of Pine Grove Association, a nonprofit promoting community development through youth and senior programs in Canton, MS. She is chair of the Canton Juneteenth Committee and hosts the Be In the Know Radio Show.

 

Kevin Abourezk, a citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is a journalist and Deputy Managing Editor of ICTNews.org, which features Native American news and information. In his 25-year career, he has written about Native American people and stories, and has received many national awards. He received a masterā€™s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of South Dakota.

 

 

Nadia Alev Hagen Onuktav is the Creatrix and Artistic Director for the Annual All Souls Procession and Flam Chen Production Team. Her career spans over 25 years of performing, directing, and designing large public spectacles and events. She and her partner, Paul Weir, are part of the event production team at MSA Annex Festival Grounds, an outdoor venue for community events, markets, and concerts in Tucson AZ.

 

 

Sadaf Rassoul Cameron is Co-founder and Director of Kindle Project. Sheā€™s an activist and photographer whoā€™s committed her work to environmental and social justice. She received her MA in Peace Education from the United Nations University for Peace and her BFA in Photography from the College of Santa Fe. A photographer and multimedia artist, her work has included documenting Afghan refugee camps and survivors of the 1947 partition in India and Pakistan.

Frequently asked questions

What kinds of projects will be considered?

For inspiration, you can read about the range of projects and approaches that were funded in the 2021 Crossing Divides pilot. But donā€™t limit your imagination! We are interested in your creative ideas and those you feel will be most effective in your specific context.

 

What is the timeline for the grant selection and award process?

Our panel will review and select winning applications in late April 2024. All applicants will be notified of the panelā€™s decisions by mid-May.

 

What if I donā€™t live in Mississippi, Nebraska, or Arizona but I have a great idea that could be applied to one of these states?

For 2024, we are funding groups who live and work in these three states.

 

I previously applied for Crossing Dividesā€”can I apply again?

Yes, if you applied but did not receive it. (Previous Crossing Divides grant recipients are NOT eligible this time.)

 

When is the application deadline?

March 25, 2024

 

Who is on the decision-making panel?

The panel is made up of four participants. You can read about them in the review team drop-down menu.