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’s Phase One training to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms, and modern-day racial inequity.

This Fund is requesting proposals up to $25,000 to either:

  • Strengthen relationships between marginalized communities with law enforcement with the goal to improve policing policies and procedures.
  • Build capacity of nonprofits and community organizations to bring about impactful measurable improvements in racial equity.  For example, we know systemic racism is embedded in social attitudes, voting, education, criminal justice reform, and public health.  Is there an opportunity at your nonprofit to build capacity by addressing inequities in one of these areas that could produce measurable improvements in racial equity?

How to Apply

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 first application deadline is October 1. Grants will be made on a rolling basis with more information to come. Organizations can apply for up to $25,000. A Community Advisory Committee will review each application.

If your project budget is $500 or less, please apply to our Lakeland Community Foundation Mini-Grant.