Wide-spread reports and countless data have revealed that COVID-19 disproportionately impacts racially and ethnically diverse communities. The COVID-19 Racial Equity & Inclusion Grant was a one-time program that aimed to address pre-existing social determinants of health, bringing into focus the cumulative impacts of systemic inequities.



In 2020, grants of up to $50,000 were provided to organizations in Utah working in emergency basic needs assistance to multicultural communities, including but not limited to utilities, rent, transportation, food assistance, and case management. Attention was given to ensure wide geographic distribution of grant funding, focusing on communities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
This one-time grant was offered as part of the state's pandemic relief. Please sign up for our newsletter to learn about grant opportunities offered by the state, including our sister divisions. 


We awarded 126 grants to non-profit and community based organizations governments across the state of Utah. Our investments totaled more than $4 million and have increased capacity for these groups to serve their communities during COVID-19. See the list below for the organizations funded during the 2020 grant period. 

Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program
Al-Huda Islamic Center
Alliance Community Services, Alianza Comunitaria
American Indian Services
Asian Association of Utah
Bhutanese Community in Utah
Box Elder Community Pantry
Box Elder Family Support Center
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake
Building Up Youth
Cache Community Food Pantry
Cache Refugee & Immigrant Connection
Casa Castillo Foundation Inc
Calvary Baptist Church
Catholic Community SVCS Utah
Centro De La Familia De Utah
Cherish Families
Child and Family Empowerment Foundation
Children's Service Society of Utah
Utah Chinese Association
Choice Humanitarian
Christ for the Nations Church
Christian Center of Park City
Columbus Community Center"
Community Nursing Services
Comunidad Materna en Utah
CONNECT Summit County
Creek Valley Health Clinic

"The Racial Equity & Inclusion Grant provided much needed financial assistance to purchase computers, ultimately helping refugee students and their families to have adequate technology to access resources, to learn, and to connect with the complex world around them. One device is able to help up to 10 people in one household, a great return on investment and we are so grateful for such an opportunity."

Fiston Mwesige | Umoja Generation


The Racial Equity and Inclusion Grant was made possible by the leadership of the Multicultural Advisory Committee of the State of Utah's COVID-19 Response. Their engagement, review, and guidance helped provide grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide emergency support and financial assistance to disproportionately impacted communities.

A racial equity approach will also help redress and dismantle the historical disadvantage that people of color, and organizations led by people of color, have been subject to.

Racial equity is achieved when one's racial identity no longer predicted how one fares in their health, wealth, education, and sociocultural outcomes.

To achieve racial equity also means that people of all races and socioeconomic status are equally seen, heard, valued, respected, and considered in all decision-making processes.

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