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 not just food, but food/water/justice
  • 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


Thriving Resilient Communities: Overview of Involvement Opportunities

The Thriving and Resilient Community Collaboratory

2017 Grantmaking Cycle

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 2017 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.

We do not fund internationally, will accept only 501c3 organizations. 

2017 Threshold Grantmaking Calendar

December 2, 2016

Funding Circles post 2017 grant guidelines online

February 17, 2017

Request for Proposal (RFP) invitations sent to selected organizations

March 24, 2017

Proposal submissions due by 5pm Pacific

May 5, 2017

Evaluation invites/declines sent to all proposal applicants

August 1, 2017

2017 Final grant decisions made and announced

August 18, 2017

2017 Grant award checks mailed



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