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.



The Racial Equity and Inclusion Fund, through the leadership of the Multicultural Subcommittee of the Utah Coronavirus Task Force, 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.
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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A Racial Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council will be composed of diverse members from the Multicultural Subcommittee of Utah’s Coronavirus Taskforce, 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.

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