Tackling Systemic Racism Grant Round

Recap & Recipients

In September, the Jackson Community Foundation (JCF) launched a Tackling Systemic Racism grant round aimed at dismantling racist barriers embedded in our local policies and practices. 

Grant proposals focused on one of the following root causes: 


  • Changing MindsetsIncludes attitudes, values, and beliefs that shape people’s behavior. 


  • Changing RegulationsIncludes policies, laws, practices, procedures, and daily routines that guide people’s choices and behaviors.                                                                                                       

  • Strengthening ConnectionsIncludes exchanges of information and resources between people and organizations. 


  • Sharing PowerIncludes how decisions are made and who participates in making these decisions, whose voice matters, and the structure to support inclusion.


Regardless of which root cause selected, each proposed idea needed to identify a systemic change intended to permanently alter the conditions that make our systems inequitable for Black residents of Jackson County.  Proposals could focus on changes within a single organization or on efforts impacting a neighborhood, city ward, village, township, or the entire county.


We were pleased to receive 18 grant proposals.  In an effort to share the decision-making power, we asked residents of Jackson County to offer their perspective by reading summaries of the proposals and scoring each idea from 1-4.  And, wow, did the community respond!  Hundreds of people completed our online survey, and JCF thanks you!


At the same time the community was completing the online survey, members of the JCF Grant Committee, comprised of Jackson County residents, read the full grant proposals and their corresponding budgets, took notes, and ranked the ideas.  When the committee met by Zoom to make the funding decisions, they used the community survey results to direct their discussion. 


A total of $91,050.00 was awarded from JCF in partnership with the Health Improvement Organization of Henry Ford Allegiance Health to the following:


Changing Mindsets – $47,500.00

  • College and Career Access Center:  Student Anti-Racism Coalition

  • Cross Cultural Workgroup:  Year 2 - Cross-Cultural Conversation Workgroup Expansion

  • Dungytreei Heritage Foundation:  Project ONE

  • Family Service & Children's Aid:  Black Life's Experience


Strengthening Connections – $28,550.00

  • Ella Sharp Museum:  Through the Eyes of a Child - Conversations About Racism

  • My Brother's Keeper:  Jackson Chapter of My Brother's Keeper

  • Nonprofit Network:  Supporting Black-Led Nonprofits and Courageous Spaces for Community Allies


 Sharing Power – $15,000.00

  • Many Hands Community Services:  Launchpad:  Local/Neighborhood Based Business Incubator with a Focus on Serving Underrepresented Entrepreneurs


In conducting this grant round, JCF is trying to address root causes for the racial inequities that exist in our community.  We humbly ask for your grace and understanding as we do our best to dismantle racist barriers with the resources and knowledge available to us at this time.  We will continue our efforts to learn and grow as an organization so that we can best serve our community for generations to come.  We are excited to see how these funded ideas unfold over the coming year, and we hope you are, too.  Thank you for coming along-side us on this journey.

Jackson Community Foundation

100 S. Jackson Street, Suite 206B

Jackson, Michigan 49201

Ph: (517) 787-1321

email: jcf@jacksoncf.org

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