Racial Equity Fund

The Community Foundation of Lorain County has created a Racial Equity Fund in an effort to build and support a Lorain County Coalition around issues of Racial Equity.

Our Commitment to Racial Equity

From the Community Foundation’s earliest days, our work has been guided by the wisdom of local community members. This guidance has been through the engagement of our donors, the Board of Directors, Advisory Boards of our African American Community Fund (created 1989), and the Hispanic Fund (1986). In 2017, the Board renewed our commitment to racial equity by creating the Community Engagement Committee to focus our investment in diversity, inclusion, and equity. The Board has also supported the Neighbor Up Network, an initiative beginning in the city of Lorain to bring together residents in a weekly series of conversations about structural inequality, asset-based community development, and community network building.  The Board and staff are also participating in Racial Equity Institute trainings a to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms, and modern-day racial inequity.

This fund is currently awarding mini-grants between $500-$1K to groups or organizations with projects that:

  • Educates the public about diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Brings about impactful, measurable improvements in racial equity
  • Provides the opportunity for community-based discussions on the topics of racial equity

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How to Apply for a Racial Equity Mini-Grant

The Community Foundation of Lorain County invites non-profit organizations to help us deepen our work in promoting racial equity. Our Board of Directors has created a Racial Equity Fund to support the transformation of structures and systems with the goal of providing access and equal experiences.

The application deadline is December 31, 2021. The Community Foundation’s Community Engagement Committee will review each application. Grant decisions will be announced in late January.