The Panta Rhea Flow Fund is a two-year initiative to support creative practices while shifting traditional funder-led grant decision-making process to community-based activists. Launched in spring 2022, the goals of the Flow Fund are:
The initial phase of the Flow Fund focuses on climate justice, the most intersectional issue of our generation.
Panta Rhea and our community of grantee partners have long supported the arts as a powerful tool to help us imagine new ways of living and caring for each other and the Earth. Among movement organizations, arts-based strategies conceived of and/or lead by artists are often used to amplify and advance advocacy efforts but are often under-funded or not funded at all. This initiative seeks to address this lack of support with artists and advocates taking the lead.
Panta Rhea is thankful for its cohort of Flow Funders, made up of five individuals actively engaged in arts and climate justice in communities across the United States. Hailing from across the United States, Flow Funders bring a wealth of lived and professional experiences, including filmmaking, journalism, activism, artmaking, community organizing, healing practices, restorative justice, artistic curation, labor organizing, and stewarding reclaimed Indigenous land. Through the process of building community, each Flow Funder articulated their grantmaking strategies and recommended grants based on their insights and goals of the initiative. Each Flow Funder recommended up to $50,000 in grants.
We will maintain Flow Funders’ anonymity to ensure safe and free-flowing engagement during the next phase of the initiative.
Gerlie Collado, Panta Rhea’s grants and administration lead, is a cohort member and stewards the initiative on the Foundation’s behalf.
Raizes Collective, based in Santa Rosa, empowers and mobilizes community through the arts, culture and environmental education. The collective offers artists and teachers of color the resources of space, programming, events, shows and activities to affect social and political change through art and community building to heal divisions within its diverse communities. (Photo: Raizes Collective collaborated with essential workers of Sonoma County in summer 2022 to create a mural that honors their lives and contributions to the area.)
Flow Fund grantee partners are 501c3 nonprofit organizations, range in organization size and are located throughout the US. They include artists, labor unions, environmental advocates, and healing circles and spaces, all with missions and values that align with the Flow Fund goals and visions of the individual Flow Funders.
Kindle Project, the initiative’s founding partner and facilitator, is a women-founded, women of color-led, grassroots philanthropic organization working intersectionally to build bridges, flip power, and support community-driven philanthropy. Kindle Project has over 15 years of experience with various methods of participatory grantmaking, including Flow Funding. Kindle Project Flow Funding as a “participatory grantmaking approach that engages innovators, individuals, and organizations outside of typical philanthropic institutions with funds that they recommend as grants and gifts to communities and organizations of their choice. Flow Funding seeks to break open predictable patterns of philanthropic decision-making and allows for the democratization of funding decisions. This change in decision-making helps shift power and resources so that they reach unlikely places that are not visible from within a traditional funding model.”