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Fund to Advance Racial Equity surpasses $1M in grants

Written by Mindia Whittier

Grants from the fund drive systemic, institutional and individual changes in practice to eliminate racial bias and discrimination.

The North Texas Community Foundation (NTCF) has awarded $577,500 to 21 organizations through the Fund to Advance Racial Equity (FARE). The latest round of grants brings the total amount distributed by the fund to more than $1 million.

In partnership with local funders, FARE was established in 2020 to provide grants for nonprofits and municipal entities working to achieve a more equitable community for all. This year, funding for FARE was generously provided by North Texas Community Foundation fundholders, Rainwater Charitable Foundation, Colonial Savings and Wells Fargo.

“North Texas Community Foundation is committed to creating a community where everyone can thrive,” said Rose Bradshaw, president & CEO of North Texas Community Foundation. “The work that these grants recipients are doing is both innovative and responsive, embedding the voices of those most affected by challenges in our region.”

Through grants awarded, the fund strives to eliminate racial bias and discrimination, ultimately leading to more equitable outcomes for all. In addition to receiving funding, grantees are invited to participate in a cohort for networking and capacity building opportunities.

“The Fund to Advance Racial Equity creates activated networks by providing two key ingredients that are critical to success: resources and relationships,” said Garrett March, associate director of community impact for North Texas Community Foundation. “Our hope is to create space to connect and collaborate on approaches to advance racial equity and community healing,”

The FARE grants committee – including Deputy Chief Pedro “Kiki” Criado, Juan Daniel Garcia, Lisa Goodwin, Heather Guidry, Anette Soto Landeros, Marcus Morris, Rev. Ryon Price, Myra Savage, Angela White and Dr. Yvette Wingate– reviews all proposals and allocates funding on behalf of the Community Foundation. Additionally, an Advisory Council comprised of approximately twenty diverse community members informs the Fund’s work, keeps the Fund accountable to its goals, champions the effort and helps connect grantees to decision makers.

Funded projects fall into one of FARE’s three priority areas: building understanding between racially diverse groups, strengthening community leadership, and developing trust between residents and law enforcement. The 2022 grantees Include:

Building Understanding:

Improving Neighborhood-Police Trust:

Supporting Community Leadership:

More information about FARE is available online.

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Mindia Whittier