The Community Governing Board of the St. Louis Regional Racial Healing + Justice Fund (RHJF) today announced the Fund’s second cohort of community grant recipients, who are receiving a combined total of $394,489 in funding. The 21 grant partners will lead efforts to (1) heal individual and community trauma, (2) engage a broader range of residents in systems change work, (3) prepare leaders of color to organize for healing justice, (4) build local capacity to nurture support and cultivate healing assets, and (5) align resources for long-term organizational sustainability. The inaugural cohort of grant recipients was announced in March 2021.
“With this second round of investment of nearly $400,000 in Black- and Brown-led grantees, the Racial Healing + Justice Fund is innovating a new model of trust in community decision-making to solve our region’s deepest problems,” said David Dwight IV, Executive Director and Lead Strategy Catalyst of Forward Through Ferguson. “In this grant cycle, requests for funding almost doubled since the first grant cycle, demonstrating a huge potential for impact through community-based and anti-racist approaches to investing in healing and healing justice.”
Grant distributions for the first and second grant cycles total more than $554,000 of the Racial Healing + Justice Fund’s $1.69 million. Recipients include: the African People’s Education and Defense Fund, Agape Fulfilled (Youth Council for Positive Youth Development), ASK Films, Arch City Defenders Inc., Black Girls Do STEM, Catholic Urban Programs, Cornerstone Corporation, Creative Reaction Lab, Employment Connection, Happy Home Foundation, Haven of Grace, MO Ho Justice (Fiscal Sponsor Missouri Jobs With Justice), Missouri Faith Voices, Park Central Development, St. Louis Queer Plus Support Helpline (Fiscal Sponsor Missouri Jobs With Justice), The Community Reach, The St. Louis Black Repertory Company Inc., Ujima, Unleashing Potential, Visual Movements LLC (Fiscal Sponsor Missouri Jobs With Justice), and WerQfest (Fiscal Sponsor Missouri Jobs With Justice).