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Racial Equity Grants

CFT awards $150,000 in grants to support racial equity work in Dallas


On Jan. 17, 2018, the National Day of Racial Healing, Communities Foundation of Texas announced that a total of $150,000 was distributed across 35 nonprofits to help them facilitate storytelling or implement practical solutions to race-related challenges in Dallas.“Cara Mia is now better able to promote racial healing: its cutting-edge theatrical performances are now coupled with community conversations, youth engagement processes and healing circles,” says Ernest McMillan, curator for community action for Cara Mia Theatre.“This support for racial equity nonprofits shows Communities Foundation of Texas’ commitment to the hard work and the heart work of truth, racial healing and transformation,” says Joli Robinson, manager of the community affairs and outreach unit of the Dallas Police Department and co-chair of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.

“Allowing people the space to tell their stories and providing opportunities for others to be touched by them is the first step toward healing,” says Sarah Cotton Nelson, CFT’s Chief Philanthropy Officer.

CFT board members approved this unique racial equity funding opportunity to complement the new Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (D-TRHT) effort. Dallas is one of 14 places in the country receiving $1 million in grant support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to implement D-TRHT, which will be customized for Dallas with input and leadership from the community. CFT is proud to be one of the many organizations contributing to TRHT in Dallas.

Racial Equity grant recipients:

  • Abounding Prosperity
  • ​Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas
  • Bachman Lake Together
  • Border Crossers
  • BuildingcommunityWORKSHOP
  • Cara Mia Theatre Company
  • Chocolate MINT Foundation
  • Community Alcohol Drug Aftercare Program
  • Concilio
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre
  • Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
  • Education Opens Doors
  • Faith in Texas – PICO
  • Girls Embracing Mothers
  • Inclusive Communities Project
  • Institute for Urban Policy Research at UT Dallas via the University of Texas Foundation
  • Junior Players Guild
  • KERA
  • Make Art with Purpose
  • Paul Quinn College
  • Project Row Houses
  • Project Unity
  • Social Venture Partners Dallas
  • Soul Rep Theatre Company
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Philip’s School & Community Center
  • Teach for America
  • Teatro Dallas
  • Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation
  • Texas Organizing Project Education Fund
  • Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation
  • Village United Methodist Church
  • WaterTower Theatre
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Young Women’s Preparatory Network


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