UNITED WAY INCREASES GRANT FUNDING TO BIPOC-LED ORGANIZATIONS TO $1 MILLION


United Way for Southeastern Michigan, has announced the recipients of the second round of grant funding for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC)-led organizations. These microgrants between $10,000 and $75,000 focus on leadership, lifespan development, economics, and reaching equity in emerging areas of the community.

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan Racial Equity Fund is designed to help all people experience authentic inclusion and have equitable access to resources and opportunities. Having already allocated $570,000 to the Racial Equity Fund, this additional funding puts the total support to date at nearly $1 million. The Fund was designed by a diverse and inclusive workgroup of community members during the summer and fall of 2021. The objective of the fund is to empower those most harmed by systemic oppression to thrive and reach their full potential.

“Our commitment to the communities we serve includes ensuring equitable access to training, support, and tools that will set them up for success. Through all our grantmaking and work, we want to reflect the communities we serve,” said Tonya Adair, chief people, equity, and engagement officer, United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “We value all voices and want our entire community to be able to grow – together.”

The workgroup that developed The Racial Equity Fund was informed by the Centering Community Voice Blueprint, developed in collaboration with Detroit Future City. This blueprint proactively incorporates lived experience of people they serve into United Way’s grantmaking process. Every aspect of their decision-making is prioritized by the lived experiences of the community.

Funded organizations will provide programs and projects working toward eliminating racial disparities in pursuit of a more equitable and just community for everyone. Members of the original workgroup were chosen by United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team. Local organizations and community leaders with close ties to the community made the nine-week commitment to the discussion and selection process.

Here is a list of the newly funded organizations supporting their proposed projects/efforts:

To support this work financially and learn more about United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Racial Equity Fund, visit https://unitedwaysem.org/about-us/equity-and-inclusion/.

About United Way for Southeastern Michigan
United Way for Southeastern Michigan, a member of the United Way Worldwide network and an independently governed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works to help households become stable and ensure children have the support they need to thrive. For more than 100 years, United Way has been a leader in creating positive, measurable, and sustainable change in communities throughout southeast Michigan. United Way works in partnership with donors, agencies, corporate and municipal partners to help families meet their basic needs of housing, food, health care and family finances, and ensure children start school ready to learn and graduate ready for life. To give, advocate, volunteer or learn more, visit UnitedWaySEM.org.
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Grantees from the first round of the Racial Equity Fund, announced in February of this year: