FORT WORTH, TX (JUNE 8, 2022) – North Texas Community Foundation announces $577,500 in funding to 21 organizations through the Fund to Advance Racial Equity. The latest round of grants is the largest to date and brings the fund’s total grant making to nearly $1.2 million.
In partnership with local funders, the Fund to Advance Racial Equity (FARE) was established in 2020 to provide grants for nonprofits and municipal entities working to achieve a more equitable community for all.
This year, funding for FARE was generously provided by North Texas Community Foundation fundholders, Rainwater Charitable Foundation, Colonial Savings and Wells Fargo.
“North Texas Community Foundation is committed to creating a community where everyone can thrive. The work that these grants recipients are doing is both innovative and responsive, embedding the voices of those most affected by challenges in our region,” said Rose Bradshaw, president & CEO of North Texas Community Foundation.
Through grants awarded, the fund strives to eliminate racial bias and discrimination, ultimately leading to more equitable outcomes for all. In addition to receiving funding, grantees are invited to participate in a cohort for networking and capacity building opportunities.
“The Fund to Advance Racial Equity creates activated networks by providing two key ingredients that are critical to success: resources and relationships. Our hope is to create space to connect and collaborate on approaches to advance racial equity and community healing,” observed Garrett March, associate director of community impact for North Texas Community Foundation.
The FARE grants committee – including Deputy Chief Pedro “Kiki” Criado, Juan Daniel Garcia, Lisa Goodwin, Heather Guidry, Anette Soto Landeros, Marcus Morris, Rev. Ryon Price, Myra Savage, Angela White and Dr. Yvette Wingate– reviews all proposals and allocates funding on behalf of the Community Foundation.
Additionally, an Advisory Council comprised of approximately twenty diverse community members informs the Fund’s work, keeps the Fund accountable to its goals, champions the effort and helps connect grantees to decision makers.
Funded projects fall into one of FARE’s three priority areas: building understanding between racially diverse groups, strengthening community leadership, and developing trust between residents and law enforcement.
The 2022 Grantees Include:
Children at Risk
City of Fort Worth, Neighborhood Services Department
Fort Worth Japanese Society
Fort Worth Opera
March to the Polls
Maroon 9 Community Enrichment Organization
National Juneteenth Museum
Transform 1012 N. Main Street
Improving Neighborhood-Police Trust:
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
City of Fort Worth, Office of the Police Oversight Monitor
Supporting Community Leadership:
Leadership Fort Worth
Northside Inter-Community Agency
More detail on 2022 grantees
BarbaraCares: Hiring of a Community Outreach Coordinator and purchasing outreach supplies to address breast cancer incidents, mortality rates and care for marginalized individuals.
Brave/R Together: To support local Ambassadors and community activities addressing inequity in education, healthcare, housing, and employment in the 76104 zip code.
Children at Risk: For expansion of the Texas Racial Equity Collaborative working to actively dismantle systemic racism.
City of Fort Worth, Neighborhood Services Department: For a feasibility study on the development of an African American Museum/Cultural Center in Fort Worth.
Community Frontline: Staffing support for the Equity Coordinator and a Police-Community Relations Coordinator.
DNAWORKS: For an Artistic Producer who will bring art, theater, and film productions to Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
Fort Worth Japanese Society: To produce a video documenting the Japanese immigrant experience in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Opera: For the Opera’s Racial Equity Impact programming during the 2022-2023 season.
March to the Polls: To expand programming to increase voter turnout and cultivate civic engagement from historically underrepresented communities in Tarrant County.
Maroon 9 Community Enrichment Organization: To support staff salaries, training, activities and technology of their afterschool program.
National Juneteenth Museum: For the hiring of a Museum Strategist to design a plan of action for the development of the Museum and gather community feedback.
Transform 1012 N. Main Street: To support the conceptual design phase of repurposing the former Ku Klux Klan Texas headquarters into a center for arts and community healing.
Improving Neighborhood-Police Trust
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star: Support of the “Bigs in Blue” program that connects youth to police officers for mentoring.
City of Fort Worth, Office of the Police Oversight Monitor: For a Community Engagement Specialist who will manage the restorative justice mediation program.
One CommunityUSA: Expansion of the “Shop Talk” program that promotes dialogue, trust and understanding between police and minority owned beauty and barbershop owners/customers.
Supporting Community Leadership
BoardBuild: Support of the “Governance with Equity: DEI for Nonprofit Boards” training to advance equitable organizational leadership.
Jolt Initiative: Support of the North Texas Regional Organizing Team working to increaser voter registration and civic engagement among young Latinos.
Leadership Fort Worth: For the 2023 cohorts of the LeadershipClass and LeadingEdge programs that teach participants to work with decision-makers to address inequities.
Leadership ISD: To support the Civic Voices Fellowship program that will train thirty Tarrant County leaders to become changemakers.
LVTRise: Hiring of staff to support the Parent Engagement Initiative in the Las Vegas Trail neighborhood and provide food and clothing donations to students.
Northside Inter-Community Agency: To support staffing, meeting supplies, and promotion for the Northside Coalition Resident Advisory Council.
North Texas Community Foundation drives meaningful change through charitable investment. The Foundation helps donors meet the needs of our community by providing tax-efficient strategies to support the causes they care about most. At the core of everything we do is a network of generous individuals, families and businesses intent on shaping the future of North Texas for good, forever. The Foundation has $519 million in assets and
made grants totaling approximately $30 million in 2021. Learn more at northtexascf.org.