We believe that for our city to thrive, we must promote authentic relationship building and equitable policies that serve and benefit all.
Recognizing that we had much to learn about the landscape of equity-focused organizations in North Texas, and to infuse racial equity dollars into the community in the wake of the 7/7/16 police shootings and in support of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation’s areas of focus, we launched CFT’s first Racial Equity Letter of Inquiry (LOI) in 2017. We ran Racial Equity grantmaking as a separate grant application process for two years 2017-18, during which time we received 135 proposals and funded 62 organizations for a total of $310,000. The average grant size was $5,000.
Grants were used to:
- Facilitate storytelling to help give voice and understanding to marginalized experiences
- Engage others in looking at racial inequalities locally
- Contribute to racial healing activities within and across sectors in Dallas,
- Contribue to a culture of connectedness between different racial and ethnic groups
- Create and/or implement practical solutions to race-related challenges in Dallas.
Some examples of the work the racial equity grants supported include:
- Teatro Dallas presented Little México, Ayer y Hoy, a play of collected stories by Mexican Americans who lived in Dallas’ Little Mexico, and performed in a local restaurant in Oak Cliff, for a Latinx audience that doesn’t normally have access to live theater.
- Abounding Prosperity convened three community town hall meetings across the city to discuss racial inequities in the Dallas LGBTQ community and to create a plan to provide equitable, culturally appropriate, and safe resources to all members of the LGBTQ community.
- Bachman Lake Together activated their Community Action Network to have courageous discussions about race and racism and share their own narratives about their experiences in “Compartiendo Suenos,” a book of their own stories in their native language. They partnered with Ignite Arts at SMU to publish it.
Through the end of 2020, CFT’s grantmaking in support of explicit racial equity work will happen through through North Texas Cares 2.0, in support of the following areas:
- Organizations and programs focused on providing access to health services of all kinds, including those focused on addressing disparities
- Programs working to reduce learning loss and close the racial achievement gap
- Programs focused on public safety in the community and eliminating violence directed at people of color, disenfranchised and marginalized populations
- Creative community engagement to promote equity, access, participation and rights, including through the arts or public green space
- Programs that foster and build leadership for people of color within nonprofit organizations.
To learn more about our racial equity work, please contact Celeste Arista Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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