Recent wide-spread reports and countless data reveals COVID-19 disproportionately impacts racially and ethnically diverse communities. This current crisis confirms and magnifies pre-existing social determinants of health, bringing into focus the cumulative impacts of systemic inequities, and lingering policies of racism.




Grants of up to $50,000 will be provided to organizations in Utah who will provide emergency basic needs assistance to multicultural communities, including but not limited to utilities, rent, transportation, food assistance, and case management. Attention will be given to ensuring geographic distribution of grant funding throughout the state and focusing on communities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.


Questions? Any questions regarding the grant can be directed to (801) 900-3478 or MCAgrants@utah.gov.


As a reminder, this grant opportunity is for Utah-based nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status or organizations that have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Government entities, for-profit organizations, and individuals cannot qualify for this grant. In addition, please remember this grant program will prioritize organizations that serve historically and systematically marginalized populations and are committed to racial equity.

This grant does not cover operational costs such as rent, payroll (unless related to the project), and other overhead expenses. Unlike federal stimulus funds, organizations receiving grants cannot provide cash or check payments directly to individuals. Any direct assistance must be made to landlords, utility companies, etc.


Please note that the COVID-19 Racial Equity and Inclusion Grant is being administered by the Department of Heritage and Arts' grant portal. You will be asked to create an account and you will then receive an email within 48 hours granting you access to the application.

Visit https://utahdcc.secure.force.com/dha and click on "New User" to create your account and receive access to the application.

Deadline & REview PROCESS

Thanks to an additional $3 million from the Legislature, the application deadline has been extended. 

Applications closed on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of members of the Racial Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council.


TEchnical Assistance 

If you have any questions regarding the grant, please email MCAgrants@utah.gov or call (801) 900-3478. Staff are available to answer calls Monday-Friday between 9 AM and 1 PM. 

Multilingual Assistance Hours:
Spanish: 9 AM-1 PM, Tuesdays
Arabic: 9 AM-1 PM, Wednesdays


Application Walkthrough and Q&A Session:

In this webinar recording you will receive a detailed walkthrough of the COVID-19 Racial Equity & Inclusion Grant application. The application walkthrough is followed by a Q&A session.

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_NNvkARL9NM


The Racial Equity and Inclusion Fund, through the leadership of the Multicultural Advisory Committee of the State of Utah's COVID-19 Response, will provide grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide emergency support and financial assistance to disproportionately impacted communities, which will also focus on lasting impact to alter systemic disparities.  

A racial equity approach will also help redress and dismantle the historical disadvantage that people of color, and organisations 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.


The broader economic crisis surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has left individuals and families without resources for food, housing, utilities, and other essentials. Many vulnerable workers and families in our community are being left out of federal stimulus support. For example, the CARES Act excludes both undocumented residents and mixed-status households in which at least one member is undocumented. 

Stakeholders of this initiative believe addressing racial disparities in emergency assistance and distribution of resources is an essential step towards building a more fair and just community, especially as we survive and overcome the health, sociocultural and economic impacts of the pandemic.

In the Face of An Emergency and Beyond

Through this fund, we aim to increase the ability for organizations working on behalf of marginalized and systematically isolated communities to sustain a more equitable future for themselves and their communities.


A Racial Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council will be composed of diverse members from the Multicultural Advisory Committee of the State of Utah's COVID-19 Response, the Multicultural Commission, the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission, leaders from the private sector, corporate and private foundations and philanthropists, and social impact investors. The fund will be managed by the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts. 

This Council will ensure that we examine the role of race, access, and immigration status as we analyze problems, seek solutions and center equity to address the impacts of COVID-19 and beyond with this fund.

Join us in addressing racial disparities by donating to support community-based organizations that are serving underrepresented communities.


How You Can Help as a Funding Partner

If you are a company or philanthropist who is committed to racial equity and would like to support the fund financially and become a partner, contact npena@utah.gov.

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