Bold Solutions Network Small Grants & Awards

In an effort to support Bold Solutions Network members’ work, Lever for Change offers small grants periodically. Small grant and award opportunities are open to Bold Solutions Network members only.


Swift Grants

We believe bold solutions come in all sizes – even small projects, like an awareness campaign or a virtual networking conference, can make a big impact and help change lives. With Swift Grants, Lever for Change is looking to support partnership building between Bold Solutions Network members to tackle the world’s most pressing problems on a small scale.

Since 2020, members from various fields have connected and shared expertise through our capacity-building offerings. We have seen relationships being built and strengthened as organizations realize the similarities they have in challenges, barriers, and mission goals. Through collaborative small projects, Bold Solutions Network members can combine resources for social impact and work together to achieve a common goal.

The Swift Grants application for 2023 is now open! Applications are due Friday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

See a preview of the full application and eligibility requirements.
Apply here.

If you have any questions about Swift Grants or the selection process, please email us.

2022 Swift Grants Awardees
2021 Swift Grants Awardees

Learn more about the 2021 Swift Grantees and their collaborative projects!

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The Jack Dilenschneider Award for Social Justice

The Bold Solutions Network comprises the world’s top social justice organizations. From workers' rights to land rights, members work daily to advance equity for marginalized communities in over 80 countries. Lever for Change is excited to announce the opening of the annual Jack Dilenschneider Award for Social Justice!

This grant is funded by the Dilenschneider family in honor of John J. "Jack" Dilenschneider to recognize outstanding organizations working on social justice. The Award's purpose is to provide an appropriate recipient that promotes social justice in the spirit of Jack Dilenschneider. This annual $10,000 award will fund one Bold Solutions Network Member for general operating purposes.

Bold Solutions Network members may nominate themselves or another member to be considered for this award. Awardees are selected in late Fall.

Jack Dilenschneider Award nominations for 2023 are now open! Nominations are due Friday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

Learn more about eligibility and the selection process.

Apply here.

If you have any questions about the Dilenschneider Award or the selection process, please email us.

2022 Dilenschneider Awardee

IGNITE, a nonpartisan civic engagement nonprofit has been awarded the 2022 Dilenschneider Award for Social Justice. Learn more about their work to support young women to become the next generation of social justice leaders.

Past Dilenschneider Awardees

The inaugural Dilenschneider awardee, JUST Community, received the first Dilenschneider Award in 2021. Learn more about their work with Black and Latina female entrepreneurs in Texas!

Stay tuned for new funding opportunities!

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