RACIAL EQUITY AND INCLUSION GRANT
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.
HISTORY OF THE COVID-19 RACIAL EQUITY & INCLUSION Grant
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.
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
Child and Family Empowerment Foundation
Children's Service Society of Utah
Utah Chinese Association
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."
LEADERS IN EQUITY
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.