In 2019, we partnered to set up temporary offices in Mid-Coast Maine, Northern New Hampshire, Rhode Island & New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Southern Connecticut. We connected with 100+ grassroots organizers to share opportunities and challenges and to talk about project ideas, partnerships, and supporting the work through events and resource connections. This program was such a huge success that we will be expanding it in 2020 in an attempt to lower the barrier to accessing resources for more people in more places. During a Pop-Up office, Grassroots Fund staff spends a few days setting up an office outside of our regular Newmarket (NH) and Burlington (VT) locations to have direct, face-to-face conversations with grassroots organizers and partners.
The 2020 dates and locations are listed below. If you are located in one of these areas and would like to attend or help us connect with people in your region, please reach out! Email [email protected].
- Western Massachusetts & the Berkshires - February 2020
- Eastern Massachusetts - Suffolk, Middlesex & Essex County - February 2020
- Southern New Hampshire - Manchester, Concord & Dover - April 2020
- Central Vermont - Rutland & Windsor County - April 2020
- Central Maine - Franklin & Penobscot County - June 2020
- Northern Vermont - Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans & Caldonia County - June 2020
- Eastern Connecticut - Windham & New London County - August 2020
- Western Maine - Oxford & Franklin Counties - August 2020
- Northern New Hampshire - Coos County - August 2020
Our 2019 Pop-Up Offices were a huge success. Thank you to all who attended and welcomed us into your spaces!
Grassroots Fund staff will be out in communities more as we aim to strengthen existing relationships and create new ones. Rather than expecting everybody to come to us, we want to lower barriers by showing up where you are organizing and convening.
Here are some reasons why we think Pop-up Offices will be a great resource for both community organizers and our staff.
Community groups will have direct access to GF staff.
You’ll be able to fill out or start a grant application with staff support!
Not ready to fill out an application? Learn about our grants programs, trainings, events and other resources we offer.
Workshop your project idea, and get and give feedback.
See a gap in support for grassroots groups in your area? Help us learn about your community and what more we can be doing to support the work.
Face-to-face time is great for groups we’re not already connected with, and those that we are. Let’s take our conversations out of the inbox for a moment!
Community groups will be able to connect and collaborate with other local groups.
New and established community groups will have a time and space to connect, share stories, and learn from & with each other.
What can you expect when you attend a Pop-up Office?
Like office hours, a Grassroots Fund staff member will be available for one-on-one support and discussion of your work.
By filling out the brief form linked below, you will be able to schedule a time to meet one-on-one, and indicate what you are looking to get out of the time. This will help both staff and you get the most out of the time.
You are welcome to come to the Pop-up Office before and after your time slot, to engage with other groups or continue working on your own.
You’ll come away with a better understanding of the different resources the Grassroots Fund offers and ways for you to participate
If you have any questions or thoughts about Pop-up offices, please contact program manager Audrey Irvine-Broque: (603)905-9915x7 or [email protected].