Social Justice/Advocacy

Fort Worth nonprofits can apply for intensive racial equity initiative

Written by Mindia Whittier

Participating agencies will receive up to $10,000 in grant funding to implement racial equity strategy plans.

Applications are being accepted by Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (Dallas THRT) for its inaugural Racial Equity NOW Fort Worth Cohort.

The program is a deep learning experience for nonprofits that are ready to grow in their racial equity journey. It is designed to provide organizations with racial equity training, coaching, case study presentations, policy review and development, outcomes development and a community-based history tour.

A cohort group of 6-10 nonprofits will be selected for the Racial Equity NOW Fort Worth Cohort through an equitable application and interview process. Participating organizations will be asked to make a 7-month commitment to the program. Cohort participants will attend a series of workshops, as well as be provided with one-on-one racial equity coaching. Learning opportunities will be provided for personnel at all levels of the organization. The Racial Equity NOW program requires participants include a Board member, Executive Director/President/CEO and a direct service-level staff member from participating nonprofits.

Cohort members will be provided with up to 60 hours of time during the year-long program to work with a racial equity coach. Most workshops will be held in a Fort Worth location, with one-on-one coaching conducted in-person, by phone or email.

The Racial Equity NOW Cohort offers three key outcomes for participating organizations. Participants will:

  • Increase their knowledge of race, racism, racial healing, racial equity and racial justice, and improve their leadership capacity on racial equity polices and practices within their organization and their communities;
  • Draft a racial equity organizational assessment, a racial equity theory of change, and a racial equity policy statement;
  • Create a racial equity project/program and receive up to $10,000 in grant funding to implement their organizational racial equity strategy plans.

All training and coaching expenses will be provided by Dallas TRHT as part of a $275,000 investment from the Rainwater Charitable Foundation to address the remnants of racism in Fort Worth.

To be eligible, organizations must have 501(c)(3) designation and at least 51% of the total population served by the agency must be residents of Tarrant County. Applications for the program must be submitted by March 31st at 5 p.m. and a panel interview is required as the final step in the application process. Decisions on cohort selection will be announced by April 11.

Information about the program’s selection criteria and an application are available online.

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Mindia Whittier