Join Our Incubator Program - Become a Resident Organization!

June 21, 2017

We are sad to say good-bye to Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), as they restructure their organization nationally to focus on key areas of digital organizing against climate change and build staff capacity in other parts of the country. AND we're simultaneously excited to announce an open application process for their vacated office space. Want to join our resident organization incubator program? We offer low cost space to progressive organizations who want to build more sustainable, united communities of action. Apply today! Full details below.

We will accept applications on a rolling basis, and aim to make a decision by the end of the summer.

Low Cost Office Space - Incubator Program for Progressive Org

Available: Sept 1, flexible for the right organization as early as July 1


Apply here:

  • Please read ad fully before applying

  • Pictures attached to the bottom of this post (sorry about the orientation, we're having website issues)

Location: The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

  • 2nd floor office, not wheelchair accessible

  • No air conditioning, heat included with rent

    • Building is well shaded and ventilated

Dimensions: 13 ft x 10 ft, included raised counter in L shape that is approximately 6 feet by (long side) and 5 feet (short side) and 2 feet deep.

  • Office has 2 medium sized, south facing windows

  • Space for 1-3 full time staff people in open office environment

Rent Range:

  • $135/month to $660/month

    • Flexible, based on financial need as determined by budget documents, interviews, etc and/or applicant 990 (if applicable)


  • Access to up to 1,500 sq ft free public event/meeting space on 1st floor (in building), pending availability (ideal for running programming like workshops and trainings)

  • Access to phone room on 2nd floor for conference call, private meetings, pumping for nursing parents, etc (pending availability, scheduled collaboratively)

  • Support from Democracy Center Coordinator, full time staff person, to handle room reservations, maintenance requests, and manage resident organization relationships. Pending availability, event/programming co-sponsorship is possible!

  • Cabinets above the counter and below, small closet (in office)

  • Access to storage space in the hallway and basement

  • WiFi

  • Access to professional grade copier/scanner (in building), 400 black and white copies per month included with rent (beyond that, paid at cost)

  • 4 gender-neutral bathrooms in building

  • Access to shared kitchenette (toaster, microwave, refrigerator) on 2nd floor

  • Biannual professional cleaning

Building Culture:

  • The Democracy Center is a 21st century meetinghouse that provides low cost office and event space to 501(c)3, 501(c)4, fiscally sponsored, and new grassroots organizations.

  • Become part of the tradition of many organizations that have launched from our space to have local, regional, and national impact on progressive movement building!

  • Currently home to 6 nonprofits in the upper floors

  • Our space was built in the 1850s (with an addition to the 1st floor in the 1920s), and since 2001 we have slowly been restoring and upgrading the space; it’s an old building with all the attendant charm and quirks.

  • Since we charge well below market rate for space, Democracy Center staff and resident organization staff take responsibility for some cost sharing (for example, paper for the copier) and chores (keeping common spaces and office spaces tidy, taking out the trash, etc)

  • We host optional monthly building socials, usually in Harvard Sq

  • Each organization is required to have 1 point person attend a 1 hour long monthly building meeting to facilitate communication and cohesion


Preferred Candidates:

  • Align with our mission -

  • Are a small organization that would demonstrably benefit from our low cost

  • All organization’s applications will be reviewed regardless of tax status (none, 501(c)3, 501(c)4, or fiscal sponsorship)

  • Are a progressive organization that supports the development of next generation, student, and/or youth leadership and organizing, particularly those from underserved communities

    • We specifically encourage organizations led by and representing LGBTQIA2&+ people, people of color, women, neurodivergent folks, poor and working class people, undocumented immigrants, formerly incarcerated people, and youth to apply. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), immigration status, education, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, housing status, prior conviction record, or military status.

    • Unfortunately, at this time, all office spaces are not wheelchair accessible nor air conditioned (though the offices have windows and are mostly shaded and well ventilated)

  • Have use for our 1st floor space for public events and/or programming for organizations members/participants (e.g., fellowship trainings, staff retreats, etc)

  • Have a workplace culture that values a collaborative work environment, flexibility, accountability, and humor (because you need it in a 160 year old building!)


To Apply:

  • We hope to make this decision by the end of the summer (August 31)

  • We will accept applications and conduct initial interviews and tours on a rolling basis until we find the right fit, interviews likely starting mid-July

  • Successful organizations will participate in at least 2 rounds of interviews

  • Email a copy of your organization’s budget document showing overall budget with allocation for staff and rent as applicable and/or your most recently filed 990, and the number of people who would regularly work out of the space (subject line: Organization Name Application)

  • Reach out by phone at 617 492 8855, please respect our office hours by calling between 9 am - 4 pm Mon-Fri only. If you would like to schedule a tour before applying, that is possible but not required.