A.J. MUSTE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
Supporting Nonviolence and Social Justice Since 1974.
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NOVA Fund
2007 Roster of Grants

This roster includes grants made in 2007 by the NOVA Fund, which has supported active nonviolence work in Latin America since 1999. The NOVA Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals; grant recommendations are made by an associate of the Muste Institute with years of experience supporting Latin American nonviolence efforts.

The Muste Institute also makes grants from its general grantmaking fund and administers several other special funds, including the NOVA Travel Fund, the Counter Recruitment Fund and the International Nonviolence Training Fund.

Fiscal sponsorships are funds from institutional grants and individual tax-deductible donations which the Muste Institute accepts as agent for the fiscally sponsored project or organization.

Separate guidelines are available for NOVA Travel grants, CR Fund grants, general grants, INTF grants and fiscal sponsorships.

For more information, please refer to our website, www.ajmuste.org. If you have further questions after reading through the fund guidelines and grant rosters, contact us: A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, 339 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012; phone 212-533-4335; fax 212-228-6193; info@ajmuste.org.

2007 NOVA grants: $90,710 distributed to 8 organizations

Asociación Social y Cultural para la Integración de la Raza Negra en el Ecuador (ASCIRNE), Quito, Ecuador: $4,000 in August, provided with support from the Santa Cruz, California-based Appleton Foundation, for efforts to integrate the African-descended people of Ecuador into Ecuadoran society through programs that encourage them to revalue their culture and to learn about and defend their rights. ASCIRNE was founded in 1988.

FRENAPI, San José, Costa Rica: $20,000 in August, with support from the Appleton Foundation, for the National Front of Indigenous Peoples, founded in 2003, to develop and strengthen capacity and leadership among the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica.

Grito de los Excluidos y Excluidas Mesoamericano, San José, Costa Rica: $4,000 in August, with support from the Appleton Foundation, for the “Cry of the Excluded” movement, started in 1995, to strengthen coordination and support of grassroots organizations and social movements in Mesoamerica in order to work more effectively against all forms of social exclusion.

SER PAZ, Guayaquil, Ecuador: $10,000 in July for the “Neighborhood of Peace Youth Movement,” training and educating current and former gang members in the Ecuadoran coastal city of Guayaquil to encourage and support them in nonviolent efforts for social justice. www.serpaz.org

SERPAJ America Latina, San José,Costa Rica: $30,450, of which $26,500 in July (including $13,000 supported by the Appleton Foundation) went for coordination and support of educational work promoting active nonviolence and social justice in Latin America, and $3,950 went to pay travel costs for four SERPAJ activists to participate in a meeting on “Human Rights and Free Trade Treaties” held in Costa Rica September 23-27, 2007. www.serpajamericalatina.org

SERPAJ Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica: $6,385 in October to purchase computer equipment and carry out educational and organizing work toward creating a culture of peace and promoting the defense of people’s human, civic, social, economic and cultural rights in Costa Rica. www.serpajamericalatina.org/secretariados/secretariadocostarica.htm

SERPAJ Morelos, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico: $17,875, of which $16,000 (including $10,000 supported by the Appleton Foundation) was granted in June for the SERPAJ-Morelos “Think Out Loud” Gandhian Collective’s research and education work on social conflict and nonviolence in Mexico and its efforts to support active nonviolence, peace-building and autonomy, and $1,875 was granted in November for two activists from SERPAJ Morelos to travel to the International Congress on Peace and Nonviolence held January 29-30 in India. www.serpajamericalatina.org/secretariados/secretariadomexico.htm

Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz, A.C. (SERAPAZ), Mexico City, Mexico: $21,000 in August, with support from the Appleton Foundation, for the Advisory Service for Peace to strengthen nonviolent social movements and promote the transformation of conflicts in Mexico. www.serapaz.org.mx