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. 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!

Each year, Threshold Funding Circles will have a single, 6-month grantmaking cycle from February to August. For more information on Threshold's general grantmaking program, please visit the Grants page. 

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.

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


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