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Racial Equity Community Grants

Grants help build something historic.

Black, indigenous and people of color have played key roles in the history of Western North Carolina, but history hasn’t been so kind in return. Systems and policies that have benefitted many in our society have simultaneously prevented others from sharing in the opportunity and prosperity that our region can provide. These circumstances have pervaded every part of WNC life for centuries, and we can start to address them in ways that create permanent, positive change. Racial Equity Community Grants are one small building block in our efforts to help create a more equitable system. 

Time to turn the tide.

Racial Equity Community Grants were designed as a first step from Dogwood Health Trust to infuse capital into historically underfunded organizations whose primary purpose is serving Black, indigenous and communities of color, and whose leadership is representative of the communities they serve. Our goal is to recognize and support the great work and leadership that is already taking place, and help to solidify or expand that work. Grants of up to $25,000 from this fund were awarded in November 2020 for immediate needs, program support, general operating support – whatever applying organizations believed would best support their work and increase their impact. Both 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies in Dogwood’s 18-county service area applied.

Dogwood Health Trust Awards more than $2.8 million in Racial Equity Community Grants to 130 WNC organizations

Learn more:
Contact Leah Marcus at equity@dht.org.

Racial Equity Community Grants are designed as a first step from Dogwood Health Trust to infuse capital into historically underfunded organizations whose primary purpose is serving Black, indigenous and communities of color, and whose leadership is representative of the communities they serve. Our goal is to recognize and support the great work and leadership that is already taking place, and help to solidify or expand that work.  

Grants of up to $25,000 from this fund may be used for immediate needs, program support, general operating support – whatever applying organizations believe will best support their work and increase their impact.

Grants of up to $25,000 are available.

Although we understand that needs and opportunities are many, we can only accept one request per organization. You may apply for general operating support to cover multiple needs. We consider all entities operating under a single tax identification number to be one organization.

By law, we cannot award grants for political candidates or to support direct lobbying activity. 

We will prioritize organizations led by and focused on improving the lives of Black, indigenous and communities of color. We are looking for organizations that demonstrate deep cultural connections to the communities they serve. We plan to award the majority of our funds to smaller, grassroots organizations that are primarily led and staffed by people of color. There is no minimum requirement for budget size, staffing, or service area. Both 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies are welcome to apply.

The Racial Equity Community Grants application is short, simple, and available online at dht.org/apply. If you have problems accessing or completing the online application, please contact equity@dht.org.

We will ask for a very short narrative description of how your organization used these funds. We also would appreciate your stories of the impact this grant had for your organization.

The deadline for Racial Equity Community Grants was Oct. 23, 2020. Grant decisions are being made, and funds will be distributed in December 2020.

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