Fund Established to Support Racial Justice and Equity Efforts


The Lumina Foundation, in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, recently announced it will award $1 million in grants to colleges that are “working to improve their campus climates by providing opportunities for constructive racial dialogue.”

Applications are due Feb. 26.

Proposals can include:

  • Community and campus forums
  • Faculty/staff training and development
  • Student training and development
  • Campus-wide programming
  • Other thoughtfully designed efforts.

Fund organizers will award two different types of grants, according to the request for proposals.

Four to five grants of up to $100,000 will be reserved for colleges “that can document they already initiated comprehensive efforts to advance equity on their campuses and in their communities.” Among such institutions, “applicants must show significant progress toward putting plans in place.”

Other applicants can compete for grants of up to $25,000. “These awards will support colleges and universities with efforts focused on issues related to equity and racial justice on campuses that propose significant work to enhance efforts to improve their campus climates.”

“Many higher education leaders are working hard to close equity gaps in hopes of expanding access and opportunity through postsecondary attainment,” according to the fund description. “The grants described here will provide support to institutions that are addressing equity directly and substantively, catalyzing existing work, and deepening impact.”

Learn more about the Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity.

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