The deadline for applications to the next cycle of the We Shall Overcome Fund is June 1, 2013. The We Shall Overcome Fund was begun in 1966, and it uses royalties from the song to support projects that use art and culture to help African American communities in the struggle for social justice.

The Fund provides grants of up to $2,000 for a wide variety of cultural projects, including performance and visual art, workshops and conferences that use culture to organize and mobilize communities for action, and research and preservation of Civil Rights Movement documents and history. Requests are accepted from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. All Fund-supported projects must work for the benefit of African-American communities, and we strongly encourage proposals from diverse racial and ethnic communities working together to fight racism, economic and environmental injustice, sexism and homophobia.

More information is available on our website, as is the application form, or you may contact Kristi Coleman at 865-933-3443 x221 or