REALITY Racial Equity Micro Grants
In the wake of the continued targeting of Black Americans, there has been an outpouring of activism in the United States that has put racism, and anti-Black racism in particular, in the forefront of our national consciousness. REALITY and the Schusterman Family Foundation are deeply committed to building a more just and equitable world, and we are proud of the work many REALITY Community members are doing to center racial equity and work toward an anti-racist society.
We are launching the REALITY Racial Equity Micro Grants to support your work and leadership. These micro grants of up to $2,500 will help you take purposeful action toward engaging more people and organizations in the work of racial justice. While these micro grants will not address the full extent of the challenge we face in dismantling systemic racism, they are intended to support REALITY alumni efforts to address racism and inequity in their communities.
Informed by our commitment to repairing the world (tikkun olam), our core value of equity, our leadership journeys, our personal and professional experiences and the ways the community has stepped up with the COVID-19 Micro Grants, we believe that our community is uniquely positioned to:
- Identify emergency response and relief initiatives that support organizations, communities and businesses leading the ongoing racial justice movement and provide relief and/or resources to those most impacted by racism and racial inequity,
- Act quickly to organize and implement initiatives or collaborate with existing organizations who are focusing on anti-racism and racial equity, and
- Work with fellow REALITY community members and/or experts in the fields providing direct service and relief to those most impacted by racism and racial inequity - particularly Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) - and the social justice protests taking place.
Please note that all initiatives supported by these micro grants must comply with the guidelines set by relevant local authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), especially as it relates to social distancing and local shelter-in-place policies currently in effect.
Some example initiatives include:
- Support racial equity protesters by providing masks, food and water
- Support the prioritization of mental health for Black, Indigenous and people of color
- Support Black-owned restaurants and businesses by purchasing supplies to donate to local foodbanks and homeless shelters
- Support Black authors and Black-owned bookstores by purchasing books for local communities
- Support families of incarcerated individuals by purchasing essential food and supplies for them
As shared in our newsletter, we stand with our Black alumni, their families and their communities. We acknowledge this painful time in our country when we bear witness to our disgraceful history of racism that remains our present-day reality. And we commit to doing our part to build a more just and equitable society—one in which Black Americans do not need to fear for their well-being or that of their loved ones. We are inspired by how our REALITY community remains committed to drawing on our values as we show up for each other and support those in need. If you need assistance or have questions, please email Jenny Feuer.
The Schusterman Family Foundation is deeply committed to centering equity in our work. We invite you to learn more about our Foundation’s journey to Alabama, read our statement on recent acts of racism in the U.S., and explore our criminal justice grantmaking portfolio, K12 education portfolio and gender and reproductive equity portfolio.