The City of Iowa City will be accepting applications for a grant program designed to advance social justice and racial equity in the community starting in December.

This grant opportunity is available to Iowa City-based organizations, both non and for profit, with the purpose of encouraging, empowering, and engaging social justice and racial equity initiatives through programs, activities, or services that help eliminate inequities in the Iowa City community.

Programs that address one or more of the six priority service areas will receive preference: education, building community, housing, criminal justice, health, and employment.

The City Council has approved $75,000 for fiscal year 2020, which will be split among the recipients.

The online application will be available noon on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 through noon on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at

The Iowa City Human Rights Commission will review all applications and make funding recommendations to the City Council no later than Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Funding will be awarded by Monday, June 1, 2020.

Date of publication

Friday, November 22, 2019