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.

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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.

Who is eligible to apply?

Members of the REALITY community are eligible to apply for a one-time Racial Equity Micro Grant up to $2,500. If you received a COVID-19 Response Micro Grant, you are still eligible to receive a Racial Equity Micro Grant.

What is the goal of these micro grants?

To empower, encourage and entrust the REALITY community to support organizations, communities, businesses, and initiatives leading the racial justice movement and to provide relief and/or resources to those most impacted by racism and racial inequity.

Who should these grants impact?
  • Communities most impacted by racism and racial inequity. For example, Black communities, BIPOC community members who've returned from incarceration, unhoused or low-income BIPOC women, BIPOC children/students or institutions that serve them and LGBTQ+ communities of color.
  • Communities that have simultaneously been impacted by racial inequity and the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Initiatives supporting the racial justice movement.
What should these micro grants be used for?
  • Immediate, one-time grant up to $2,500 to support organizations, communities, business and initiatives leading the racial justice movement, and well as to provide relief to those most impacted by racism and racial inequity.
  • The grants should fund direct goods and services to those most impacted by racism and racial inequity. For example, Black communities, BIPOC community members who've returned from incarceration, unhoused or low-income BIPOC women, BIPOC children/students or institutions that serve them, LGBTQ+ communities of color, as well as communities that have been impacted simultaneously by racial inequity and the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This funding is intended for initiatives that align with the Schusterman Family Foundation vision, core focus areas and values. Read more about these here.
  • Programming must target at least 20 individuals or plan to reach at least 20 individual beneficiaries virtually. 
  • Programming must align with guidelines set by relevant local authorities as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organizations (WHO) and Ministry of Health in Israel.
  • Micro grant applications will be processed within seven business days of submission.
What should these micro grants not be used for?
  • No aspect of the initiative may involve an attempt to influence legislation, the outcome of any specific public election, or support of any voter registration drive.
  • Applications that include the following will not be funded:
    • Paying bills (rent, utilities, etc.)
    • Salaries to employees/investments in start-ups
    • Charitable donations to organizations or individuals
    • Direct donations to fundraisers
    • Websites/apps/surveys
    • Clinical trials
    • Recipients who do not fall under the populations listed above
  • Applications that fund an alum’s organization's operations/infrastructure/fundraiser, or the services of a REALITY alum, will not be funded.
    • If the applicant works for the organization in which they are applying on behalf of, the application is only permitted if the initiative uses funds to directly purchase basic needs for the populations listed above.
    • The micro grant cannot fund direct payments to REALITY alumni for their services.
When will I receive notification on the grant?

You will receive notification on the grant within 7 business days of receipt.

How does the payment process work?
  • Final reporting must be submitted within seven days of the project’s completion. You will find a link to your final report in the “My Tasks” section when logged in to schusterman.org.
  • In keeping with REALITY Micro Grant protocols, payment will be made via PayPal upon completion of the program.
  • Receipts and any signed documentation will be required in order to receive payment. Receipts must be submitted in JPEG, PNG, or PDF format.
  • Payments will be made as reimbursements and will be based on approved funding amount and actual expenses incurred.
  • Reimbursement will be made within 5 business days of final report approval.