Thank you to all who submitted proposals to the Racial Equity & Inclusion Mini Grant program. It seems clear from the response that we have reached a moment in time when people are ready and willing to address the issue of systemic racism head on. We were pleased to see how thoughtful and committed MetroWest nonprofits are to pursuing this work. Many of the requests we received will facilitate dialogue that builds understanding and awareness. These are important, often uncomfortable conversations that can no longer be avoided. We recognize that the projects generated by this grant program are small steps toward equity and inclusion. To create real, sustainable change, this will be life-long work.
Applicants were invited to request funds for projects focused on:
- Internal organizational learning and communications, policy review, professional development, facilitated discussions, courses, book purchases
- Community education (i.e., events, conversations, presentations)
- Collaboration among diverse constituencies and/or outreach that encourages new community connections, friendships and partnerships
Grants decisions will be made at the end of the month.