Clean Slate Grants

Change often starts at the local level. Clean Slate for Worker Power is requesting proposals for grants up to $50,000 that advance the project’s vision and recommendations for labor law reform.

The grants will support initiatives, research, and analysis needed to explore, develop, implement or improve programs at the state or local level. Total funds to be granted this year total approximately $175,000. Proposals are due July 15, 2020. Grantees will be notified by late August and the first grant disbursement will be end of September/early October.

Clean Slate grantees will have an opportunity to be a part of the diverse and growing Clean Slate network of workers, worker advocates, labor leaders, policymakers, scholars, economists and others committed to labor law reform.

Clean Slate grants will be awarded to projects and initiatives that are most aligned with the Clean Slate priorities, including projects that:

  • Support development of innovative initiatives or proposals at the state and local levels that would empower working people to build an equitable economy and democracy, particularly for women workers, workers of color, and low-wage workers
  • Pilot a specific recommendation in the Clean Slate for Worker Power report at the state or local level
  • Develop and implement strategies for building an inclusive and innovative labor movement.

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) organizations whose programs are focused on activities at the state or local levels.

Proposals will be assessed based on the following criteria and factors:

  • Scope of impact
  • Project alignment
  • Sustainability and other funding resources, especially given the limited size of the grant
  • Timeliness and relevance
  • Ability to fill unmet needs, particularly those of populations subject to systemic racial and gender oppression or from historically disenfranchised communities or geographic areas

Applications are due by July 15, 2020 via email to cleanslate@law.harvard.edu and must include:

  • Cover page with:
  • Name of project
  • Name of organization or fiscal sponsor
  • Contact name, email, and phone number
  • Overall project budget that includes project expenses, revenue, and other funding sources
  • Amount of the Clean Slate grant request
  • Responses to the following (250 words max per question):
  • Describe the project, including the specific activities that the Clean Slate grant would support
  • Describe how the proposed project advances the Clean Slate vision for labor law reform, including the specific recommendation(s) from the Clean Slate report that it would advance
  • Describe the workers that your project will most impact, noting whether they include women workers, workers of color or low-wage workers
  • Describe the stakeholders and partners involved in your project and their support