The next funding cycle deadline for applications to the We Shall Overcome Fund is January 15, 2013.  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.”

Cultural activists, educators, organizers and organizations who use art, culture and community activism to organize for social, economic and political justice to the benefit of African American communities may apply to the Fund.  Requests are accepted from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information, including an application form and instructions, click here or contact Kristi Coleman at 865-933-3443 x221 or coleman at