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. In a thriving resilient community, people can respond to any challenge and thrive in the process. Community resilience requires an integral whole-systems approach that fosters compassion, inner resilience (healthy, respectful caring relationships), and outer resilience (fair, sustainable sharing systems) within an eco-social region. The resilient community movement includes community initiatives with similar visions using a variety of names such as Healthy, Livable, Local, Peace, Resilient, Sustainable, Thrive, and Transition.
TRC's mission is to build collective wisdom, map the field, and fund best practices and leading-edge work in community resilience in the United States and Canada. Priority will be given to regional and national network hubs and to replicable whole-systems approaches that promote inclusive economic models, social interconnectedness, and vibrant health and well-being. In addition to supporting projects within an organization, TRC is particularly interested in catalyzing multi-organization collaborative projects that we call “co-projects.”
2016 Grantmaking Cycle
Threshold is excited to announce our all Funding Circle grantmaking program and a 6-month grant cycle launching in 2016!
Grant Cycle Guidelines
In 2016 Threshold Funding Circles will no longer solicit Letters of Inquiry (LOIs). All Funding Circles will issue invitation-only Requests for Proposals (RFPs) beginning in February. The process for determining invitations is decided by each Funding Circle – interested applicants should be aware that the resources of the foundation are limited and only invited organizations can be considered.
Specific guidelines and an updated mission statement for the Thriving Resilient Communities Funding Circle will be posted online by early December 2015.
2016 Threshold Grantmaking Calendar
|December 4, 2015||Funding Circles post 2016 grant guidelines online (and revised mission statements if applicable)|
|February 12, 2016||Request for Proposal (RFP) invitations sent to selected organizations|
|March 18, 2016||Proposal submissions due by 5pm Pacific|
|May 13, 2016||Evaluation invites/declines sent to all proposal applicants|
|August 12, 2016||2016 Final grant decisions made and announced|
|August 31, 2016||2016 Grant award checks mailed|