Pillars Fund is no longer accepting new ideas for our 2021–22 grant cycle. The submission period closed August 3, 2021, and will reopen in the new year.
Pillars distributes grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations working in or closely alongside Muslim communities in the United States. To be considered, applicants’ work must fall under one of our three priorities:
- Reimagining public safety – Work that strives to end the unjust criminalization of Muslim communities. This includes issues like mass surveillance, racial and religious profiling, immigrant detention and deportation, prisoners’ rights, and money bail.
- Promoting mental health and wellness – Work to build mental healthcare systems that better serve Muslim communities and to reimagine what healing for Muslims can look like. This does not include direct service (health clinics, therapy groups, etc.), but instead focuses on initiatives conducting research, awareness, education, and coalition-building.
- Building civic power – Work that supports Muslim leaders who are organizing communities, creating relevant civic media, training potential political candidates, mobilizing voters, and ultimately transforming our democracy to one that serves us all.
We provide flexible support to a range of Muslim-led organizations and initiatives. We aim to be strategic in pursuing our mission, and therefore do not fund work that does not align with the three core priorities listed above.
2021–22 Grant Cycle
Did you catch our informational session on June 2? If not, watch the recording here!
Pillars awards grants annually during the first quarter of each year. To be considered for the 2021–22 grant cycle, all Idea Submissions were due by August 3, 2021, at 5 p.m. CT. Our team reads every submission, but we may not have time to reply to them individually. A Pillars staff member will follow up with you if we have additional questions or with a request for more information.
We use Submittable to accept and review ideas. To begin the process, please create an account on our online platform. Once the account is created, organizations can access past and current submissions.