Successful applications to Abelard East satisfy criteria in three areas.
Fundamental to the grantees of Abelard East is the strategy of community organizing (including civic and electoral participation) as they work toward the goal of a more democratic, just and equitable society. Basic to an organizing strategy is the development of local leadership and the empowerment of constituents. We also look for strategies that reflect the connection between local work and broader policy issues and the efforts to address them at the state, regional or national levels.
Abelard East is committed to supporting local progressive social change activities that advance and protect civil rights and liberties, immigrant rights and worker rights and promote and strengthen community involvement in, and control over, the decisions that affect their lives. We do not focus on any issues in particular, e.g. housing, health, the environment, or education, etc. Our grantees are involved in a broad range of issues which involve social, racial and economic justice and civil and human rights.
The constituents of Abelard East’s grantees are those who are seeking to affirm their human rights, including poor and low-income people, the disenfranchised, immigrants, workers, people of color, and the disabled among others.