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The purpose of the Buck Dinner is
to raise funds for peace, justice, equality and
“To give money and moral support to people and organizations
involved in ongoing struggles and who are
unlikely to obtain aid from conventional sources.”


— Maurice Sugar, one of the founders of the Buck Dinner
and a legendary figure in Detroit labor and civil rights communities

The Buck Dinner has funded hundreds of organizations and causes since its beginnings in 1929. This unique annual gathering in Metro-Detroit, Michigan, has grown to some
800 attendees. The Buck Dinner raises funds to provide grants to
organizations and programs that work for social justice.
In 2018, the Buck Dinner gave away approximately $96,000
in grants to more nearly 50 organizations. Read more

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The Buck Dinner supports peace, justice and equality. The Buck Dinner Committee consists of Headhunters, who invite guests to sit at their table at the dinner and contribute as many bucks as they can. The amount of money available for grants each year depends on the amount generated at the dinner. Donations are also accepted year-round. The 2019 Buck Dinner will take place on Saturday, March 9. It is an invitation only event.

Several weeks after each year's dinner, the Headhunters gather to review grant applications and make decisions the distribution of funds. The Buck Dinner Committee provides funding for some projects; others are funded by the Fund for Equal Justice, which provides grants eligible for its section 501(c)(3) funds.

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Any organization wishing to apply for a grant must do so by using the 2019 Grant Application and Reporting Guidelines  (word doc). Here is a pdf of the application and guidelines. Please submit all applications to: application@buckdinner.org.These must be received no later than March 16, 2019.

All grant recipients are required to submit a report to reports@buckdinner.org by January 31, 2019, as outlined in the above Reporting Guidelines. Filing this report is required for future grant consideration.

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