At United Way for Southeastern Michigan, we are committed to deconstructing systemic racism and institutional bias while promoting diversity, equity and inclusion as core values in every aspect of our work. Our objective is to empower Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and people most harmed by systemic oppression as we center their lived experiences. Our efforts are to help all people experience authentic inclusion and have equitable access to resources and opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential.
As part of those efforts, United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team is sponsoring the Racial Equity Fund, which endeavors to provide financial support in the form of flexible, unrestricted and general operating grants. Grant amounts range between $10,000 and $75,000 directly for organizations with BIPOC executive leadership.
The fund was designed by a diverse and inclusive group of community members over the course of two months this summer and fall. The workgroup’s scope was informed by the Centering Community Voice Blueprint. From setting the funding priorities to the reporting guidelines to outreach to under-resourced and/or unfamiliar organizations, this workgroup made sure to prioritize the lived experience of the community when building out the details of the fund.
If you have any questions about the fund, please email Ray Stoeser at RacialEquityFund@UnitedWaySEM.org.
Due to the robust number of applicants, we will be postponing our announcement so that we may do a thorough review of each and every applicant. We apologize for the delay but can assure you that all applicants will receive notification of their determination status prior to Jan. 14.
Nov. 30: Application closed
Dec. 6 – Jan. 14: Application review and approval
Approximately Jan. 14: Recipients announced & contract processing begins