Created to nurture grassroots efforts within African American communities to use art and activism for justice, the We Shall Overcome Fund supports organizing in the South that is at the nexus of culture and social change. Started in 1966 and housed at Highlander, the Fund provides small grants ($2,000 maximum) for projects that reflect a blend of culture and struggle, embodied in the primary anthem of the Civil Rights Movement, “We Shall Overcome.”

Civil Rights activists singing 'We Shall Overcome.' Photograph by Danny Lyon.

During the grant cycle ending January 15, 2009, twelve $1,000 grants were awarded. The following is a list of the recipients and their projects:

Any person or non-profit group/organization that uses arts, culture and community activism to organize for social, economic and political justice to the benefit of African American communities may apply. Requests are accepted from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. The next deadline is June 1, 2009.

For more information about the January 2009 grantees and their projects, click here. For information about applying to the We Shall Overcome Fund, click here.