Iowa City-based organizations can apply for an SJRE grant that is specifically designed to advance social justice and racial equity. The City Council approved $25,000 for this grant for fiscal year 2017, which began July 1, 2016. The purpose of the grant is to encourage, empower and engage social justice and racial equity initiatives by funding programs, activities, initiatives and educational outreach that has impacts on eliminating inequities in the community. The SJRE grant lists six priority service areas: Education, Building Community, Housing, Criminal Justice, Health, and Employment.

After reviewing the submitted grant proposals, the Human Rights Commission will forward its recommendations for grant allocations to the City Council which has final review and approval on allocation. Organizations whose programs, services or activities address one or more of the six priorities will be considered first for funding.

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Applications will be accepted December 1, 2016 – January 5, 2017. For those organizations selected, funding will be awarded by June 1.

Date of publication

Thursday, December 01, 2016