The next application deadline for the We Shall Overcome Fund is January 15, 2008.

The We Shall Overcome Fund supports projects by individuals and/or organizations that use arts, culture and community activism to organize for social, economic, and political justice to the benefit of African American communities. African-Americans must be included in the planning and implementation of the project.

Requests are accepted from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

The maximum grant amount is $2,000, and complete applications must be in the Highlander office by the January 15th deadline. Complete applications include the original and 6 copies (a total of 7) of the application form, budget info, 3 reference letters from people in the community who are familiar with your work, and something showing proficiency in the area for which you are applying. For example, if you are applying for funds to do an art project, you must provide documentation or a sample of your work showing that you are an artist.

For further information or to print an application form, please visit the Highlander website. You can also contact Kristi Coleman at 865-933-3443 x221 or coleman at