Thriving Resilient Communities

Our Mission and Strategy

Threshold’s Thriving Resilient Communities funding circle (TRC) funds collaborative tools and approaches that build leadership and capacity for communities to address their own strategic needs in the face of energy, climate, economic, and social challenges. Resilience is a community’s ability to adapt and thrive in changing conditions instead of collapsing during a shock. Resilience is not just about “bouncing back” from a shock. Instead, it is about “bouncing forward” to eliminate the inequities and unsustainable resource use that are the root causes of the many crises we face. The resilient community movement includes initiatives that use a variety of names such as Healthy, Just, Livable, Local, Peace, Resilient, Sustainable, Thrive, and Transition.

We fund regional and national network hubs in the US with systemic approaches that promote inclusive economic models and social justice.  We also involve our allies, including our grantees in the grantmaking process.

Systemic approaches build resilience in several ways:

  • Multi-stakeholder: involving multiple issues, or "stakes," such as food/water/justice as opposed to just food.
  • Multi-cultural: working together across differences such as class, race, age and gender
  • Multi-scale: networking many communities to create large-scale influence within and across regions

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Thriving Resilient Communities: Overview of Involvement Opportunities

The Thriving and Resilient Community Collaboratory


Democratic Philanthropy Graphic Diagram

(Click on diagram above to view)

This diagram shows the interrelationships of TRC Funding Circle, Collaboratory, Council, other organizations, and other funders.

It indicates that discussions are held in the Collaboratory, granting decisions are made by the Council, and it shows the flow of money.


Interviews With TRC Collaboratory Participants and Grant Recipients

TRC Interview / May 9, 2018
Ben Roberts and Jon Scott

Ben Roberts is the Steward of Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC)

Jon Scott is the President & Director of Singing Field Foundation (current donor to TRCC) and and National Staff of Clean Water Action, (Past Member of the TRCC). Jon is on both sides of philanthropy, fundraising for Clean Water Action and running his family foundation. He discusses the strengths and limitations of the dominant philanthropy model and development of funders and activists granting funds together. He was involved in the early stages of the TRCC and contributed to the shared funding concepts and process.


TRC Interview / May 1, 2018
Don Hall, Transition US

Transition US is a member of the TRC Collaboratory and Don has recently joined the TRC Council

In this interview Don talks about participation in the Collaboratory, Movement Strategy Dialogues, Co-Projects, and being in the Council


TRC Interview / March 28, 2018
Susan Silber, NorCal Community Resilience Network

2017 grant recipient, member of the TRC Collaboratory

2018 Grantmaking Cycle

Each year, Threshold Funding Circles will have a single, 6-month grantmaking cycle from February to August. Guidelines and the 2018 calendar are below. Please note that as of February 16, 2018, all RFP invitations have been sent out.


We only fund US-based organizations with 501(c)3 statuses. 

2018 Threshold Grantmaking Calendar

December 1, 2017

Funding Circles post 2018 grant guidelines online

February 16, 2018

Request for Proposal (RFP) invitations sent to selected organizations

March 23, 2018

Proposal submissions due by 5pm Pacific

May 4, 2018

Evaluation invites/declines sent to all proposal applicants

July 31, 2018

2018 Final grant decisions made and announced

August, 2018

2018 Grant award checks mailed

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