Communities Foundation of Texas Awards $150k in Grants to Support Racial Equity Work in Dallas Area

By jacqueline beretta

On this National Day of Racial Healing, Communities Foundation of Texas announces that a total of $150,000 will be distributed across 35 nonprofits in support of their racial equity work in Dallas. Individual grants range in size from $2,500 to $7,500.

These grants are intended to help grant recipients facilitate storytelling that gives voice and understanding to marginalized experiences, engage others in looking at racial inequalities locally, contribute to racial healing activities within and across sectors in Dallas, and create and/or implement practical solutions to race-related challenges in Dallas.

“Allowing people the space to tell their stories and experiences of bias and discrimination and providing opportunities for others to hear those stories and be touched by them is the first step toward healing,” Sarah Cotton Nelson, CFT’s chief philanthropy officer.  “Additionally, offering grants specifically in support of those working diligently on issues of racial equity allows CFT as an organization to learn more ourselves about what needs to be changed across our community, and to get to know all those involved more deeply.“

Cara Mia Theatre will use their grant funds from CFT for their Community Action component, newly dedicating efforts for transcending society’s pervasive, deep-rooted and longstanding racist narrative. “Cara Mia is now better able to promote racial healing by forging a new, dynamic tandem: its cutting edge theatrical performances are now coupled with community conversations, youth engagement processes and healing circles,” says Ernest McMillan, curator for Community Action for Cara Mia Theatre.  “We are able to forge ahead to promising outcomes within often volatile, unchartered waters in large part because Communities Foundations of Texas extends its wholehearted support.”

The 35 organizations that were awarded CFT’s racial equity grants are: Abounding Prosperity, Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas, Bachman Lake Together, Border Crossers, Building community WORKSHOP, Cara Mia Theatre Company, Chocolate MINT Foundation, Community Alcohol Drug Aftercare Program, Concilio, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, Education Open Doors, Faith in Texas-PICO, Girls Embracing Mothers, Inclusive Communities Project, Institute for Urban Policy Research at UT Dallas via The University of Texas Foundation, Junior Players Guild, Make Art with Purpose, Paul Quinn College, Project Row Houses, Project Unity, Social Venture Partners Dallas, Soul Rep Theatre Company, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, St. Philip’s School & Community Center, Teach for America, Teatro Dallas, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation, Village United Methodist Church, WaterTower Theatre, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and Young Women’s Preparatory Network.

“This support for racial equity nonprofits shows Communities Foundation of Texas’ commitment to the hard work and the heart work of truth, racial healing and transformation,” says Joli Robinson, manager of the community affairs and outreach unit of the Dallas Police Department and co-chair of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation.

CFT board members approved this unique racial equity funding opportunity to complement the new Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (D-TRHT) effort. Dallas is one of 14 places in the country receiving $1 million in grant support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to implement D-TRHT, which will be customized for Dallas with input and leadership from the community.  The National Day of Racial Healing highlights the theme that all the organizations funded are working to promote.  CFT is proud to be one of the many organizations contributing to TRHT in Dallas.

The Kellogg Foundation TRHT grant carries a grant matching requirement that calls for Dallas TRHT to raise an additional $1 million.  If you are interested in contributing, visit https://www.cftexas.org/donate—trht.

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT)

In line with Communities Foundation of Texas’ goal to build thriving communities for all, racial equity is an issue of importance to the foundation.  CFT professionally manages 1,000 charitable funds for families, companies, foundations and nonprofits and has awarded more than $1.7 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. The Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Fund is held at Communities Foundation of Texas, and supports this broadly inclusive community effort. To learn more about Dallas TRHT and how you can get engaged or to contribute, please visit: https://dallastrht.org/

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