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Northwestern University announces the 2021 recipients of the Racial Equity and Community Partnership grants program. Ten organizations will receive partnership grants, and 11 organizations will receive incubator grants.

Through the Racial Equity and Community Partnership grants program, Northwestern provided $500,000 in funding to support ideas which seek to solve the systemic problems of racial inequity in local neighborhoods. Additionally, an anonymous alumnus donated $100,000 in funding for each of the next five years, bringing the total funding support for this program to $600,000 this year.

“We could not be more excited to announce the inaugural grant recipients of the Racial Equity and Community Partnership Grant. We launched this program in the midst of a reckoning with racial injustice in this country, and we acknowledge that the process of healing is far from over, but today, we wish to rejoice in the next chapter of equity in our community,” said Dave Davis, executive director of the Office of Neighborhood and Community Relations at Northwestern.

“Today, we are proud of the commitment the community has made: to acknowledge the harms done to communities of color, to reshape our institutions and practices, and to create opportunities for all of the people who call this place home.”

Northwestern is committed to becoming a national model for how a major research university engages with the communities where it resides. To reach that goal, the University intends to expand strategic, meaningful partnerships between community-based organizations and Northwestern. These partnerships aim to build the capacity of local neighborhoods to develop and grow community-driven solutions to structural problems and advance the University’s academic and research mission.

We believe that our work as a community is part of a larger movement, and in committing ourselves to the goals outlined in this program, we are helping to move forward on the long arc of justice.

Dave Davis
Executive Director, Office of Neighborhood and Community Relations

The Racial Equity and Community Partnership Grant program was developed by an advisory commi


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