Across our nation, Black, African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (BAMEMSA) communities face daily bias, discrimination, and intolerance from government, businesses, and individuals. Anti-Muslim bigotry coupled with xenophobia and White Christian nationalism threaten our commitment to building an inclusive democracy – one that not only accepts but embraces diverse faith traditions, cultures, and racial identities.
RISE Together Fund (RTF), an initiative of the Proteus Fund, works alongside impacted communities to advance their civil rights, fight for full inclusion, and promote their contributions to democracy, culture, and society. RISE Together Fund is the only national donor collaborative dedicated to supporting the BAMEMSA communities. With the support of our donor partners as well as our grantees and other allies, we will all achieve Rights, Inclusion, Solidarity, and Equity (RISE) Together.
Through its Rapid Response Fund, RTF provides a vehicle for deploying resources strategically to address unexpected and urgent needs and key opportunities within the BAMEMSA field.
RTF’s Opportunity and Convening Fund grants are designed to fund small-scale projects or discrete portions of larger projects related to proactive legal, advocacy, organizing, and research campaigns.
RTF received an unprecedented number of inquiries for both the 2023 Rapid Response Fund and Opportunity Fund, demonstrating the need in the BAMEMSA field. As a result, RTF’s 2023 Rapid Response and Opportunity Funds have been fully expended. Therefore, we have temporarily closed our inquiry forms for these funds. Please check back in early 2024 for additional grantmaking opportunities.
While we can’t guarantee funding, we do want to hear from you. If you have a rapid response need that requires urgent support, you are welcome to reach out to Kamardip Singh. If there is a new program or project you’re seeking to launch you are welcome to reach out to Sheila Bapat to share the idea. We may not be able to fund these projects, however, if applicable, we will do our best to make connections to interested funder partners.