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Lumina Foundation: Racial Justice and Equity Fund

Deadline: September 2, 2021

Note: The September 2 deadline is for Initial Applications. Those who submit Initial Applications may be invited to submit a full proposal.

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. The Racial Justice and Equity (RJE) Fund is designed to directly support organizations and efforts working to eradicate systemic racism and to advance equity and justice for those who have experienced racial oppression: Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations. In addition, the RJE Fund invests in efforts outside of Lumina’s core strategies that have a meaningful connection to higher education. Lumina views this connection, or adjacency, as an established relationship or partnership with a higher education institution or set of institutions and/or supporting college students.

The common thread that unites RJE grantees is an explicit focus on eradicating systemic racism: working to mitigate and eliminate the entrenched policies, practices, and beliefs that continue to stand in the way of racial equity and justice. See solicitation for more definitions.

The Fund seeks organizations that can:

  • Show how racial justice and equity are core to their mission and operations and be able to describe how staff are equipped to lead equity work.
  • Describe how work addresses the objective of the RJE Fund, which is eradicating systemic racism.
  • Describe how their work connects with higher education, as described above.
  • Have board members, executives, leaders, and staff who reflect the communities they aim to serve.
  • Have strong track records of advancing racial justice and equity at the local, state, or national level.

The Fund is not intended for organizations looking to launch an equity initiative; start a new diversity, equity, and inclusion function; or organizations whose missions and work are not explicitly focused on racial equity.

Amount: 7 – 10 awards of up to $400,000 each will be made, for a project period of up to two years.

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations; public charities; and other nonprofits including Community-based organizations, Public policy/advocacy organizations, Tribal organizations, Social movement/mobilization organizations, Centers within higher education institutions (Note: higher education institutions that are working to improve outcomes for students of color more broadly are not eligible).

Link: https://www.luminafoundation.org/resources/grants/2021-rfps/racial-justice-and-equity-fund/

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