Applications are open now through February 22 for the 2024 Racial Equity & Justice Grants Program. Click HERE to apply.
Marion Community Foundation is making $50,000 in awards available for its 2024 Racial Equity & Justice Grants Program. Applications for the program are available now through February 22.
“Racial equity and justice must be one of the core values of our community and Marion Community Foundation hopes this grant program will offer nonprofits a catalyst to take a step forward; a step towards what the Foundation envisions for our community – one that is generous, educated, healthy, collaborative, and vibrant,” said Dean Jacob, President and CEO.
The Racial Equity & Justice Grants Program, now in its fourth year, awards grants competitively to any charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization or equivalent — which includes churches, schools, and governmental entities — looking to improve issues of equity and justice in Marion County (Ohio). Grants may be for new or existing programs. Applications received during the next six weeks will be reviewed by the selection committee by late April and awards announced in May 2024.
The decisions on how much and to whom grants will be made are the work of a volunteer committee of Marion Community Foundation and its board of directors. The selection committee looks for applications which identify and detail a community need and offer a solution that clearly states an effective plan to meet that need.
One of the programs funded in 2023 was a publications project by Marion’s Peace and Freedom Committee, best known for their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day breakfast and awards ceremony. Their publications – by six local authors — seek to encourage children, including children of color, to develop a sense of belonging in the community and to improve literacy. The grant supports the writing and sharing of their books, including Color Me Friend and Missing Daddy, with area elementary schools. All six books are Marion-based stories focused on compassion and inclusion by authors who are women of color and role models in the Marion community.
“The goal of Marion Community Foundation with our Racial Equity and Justice grants is to foster innovative programs for leaders at every level to use their power, platforms, and resources to help people overcome challenges and build a better community,” said Jacob. “Moving forward takes small steps, is slow and continuous, and essential for a community that is working to value all people.”
The Black Heritage Council of Marion was a 2023 grant recipient for their Strengthening African American Families program. This prevention program is a collaborative effort by the Black Heritage Council, Drug-Free Marion, and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Marion, drawing on each organization’s strengths to help local African American youth develop resilience and avoid the consequences associated with poverty and other negative influences. The program’s goal is to save young people’s futures through community and family involvement.
Additional information on the Racial Equity & Justice Grants Program is available by contacting the Foundation’s Director of Programs, Julie Prettyman, at 740-387-9704 or by email at JuliePrettyman@MarionCommunityFoundation.org. The application can be found online by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
2023 Racial Equity & Justice grant awards
In 2023, Marion Community Foundation’s Racial Equity & Justice Grant Program is awarding $54,000 in seven grants to Marion area organizations seeking to build capacity, strengthen education, and enhance collaboration in the fields of racial and social justice. The awards are made possible by the donors of the Health Care Fund and Wopat Community Fund.
Black Heritage Council of Marion | $15,000 – Strengthening African American Families
Provide a quality prevention program to foster resilience among African – American youth and prepare them to avoid the negative consequences associated with poverty and exposure to negative community influences.
Marion Voices Folklife + Oral History | $5,000 – Marion Black Joy Summerfest 2023
Build pride and educate community by holding a celebration of the Marion County’s Black culture, heritage, & folklife. Event to be held at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park on Saturday, June 24th, 2023.
Peace & Freedom Committee | $18,000 – Capacity Building for Racial and Social Justice
Increase the capacity of the Peace & Freedom Committee as a transformational organization working towards racial and social justice in Marion.
Peace & Freedom Committee | $8,500 – Peace & Freedom Publications
Help Marion youth of color see themselves as full members of the community by telling stories about people, cultures, and lived experiences in Marion. Also, develop the program so that it may raise funds to sustain the work of the Peace and Freedom Committee.
St. Mary Catholic Church | $4,000 – Latino Health Fair
Offer a Health Fair to the Spanish speaking Marion community. Program goals include health care screenings, education, information; increase attendance; build trust among participants; welcome new families to Marion County.
St. Mary Catholic Church | $3,500 – Summer Enrichment Program
Provide summer academic reinforcement in math, reading and religion to underserved children in LaRue and New Bloomington with the goal of reducing summer learning loss.
The Racial Equity & Justice Grant Program is open to any charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization or equivalent, including educational, governmental, and religious programs, looking to improve issues of equity and justice in Marion County (Ohio). Awards favor applicants who identify and detail a community need and offer a solution that clearly states an effective plan to meet that need.
“The goal of Marion Community Foundation with our Racial Equity and Justice grants is to foster innovative programs for leaders at every level to use their power, platforms, and resources to help people overcome challenges and build a better community,” said Dean Jacob, President and CEO. “Moving forward takes small steps, is slow and continuous, and essential for a community that is working to value all people.”
The 2024 Racial Equity & Justice Grant Program is expected to open in February 2024. Learn more about this grant program by clicking HERE.