Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity
Lumina Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
February 26, 2018
Post date: January 23, 2018

Lumina Foundation, in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, has released an RFP for grants to support postsecondary institutions that are implementing significant work to advance equity on campus and in the broader community.

From the call posted on the Lumina Foundation website:

Lumina is compelled to do more in the aftermath of disturbing and unacceptable racially motivated events on college campuses across the nation. The United States’ legacy of racism, segregation, and injustice are ever-present in current discussions about how to advance equity and fairness in policies and practices, and to increase meaningful opportunity for all. Colleges and universities are essential institutions to shape and guide these dialogues.

Many higher education leaders are working hard to close equity gaps in hopes of expanding access and opportunity through postsecondary attainment. The grants described here will provide support to institutions that are addressing equity directly and substantively, catalyzing existing work and deepening impact.

The one-time investment of $1 million will be used to support colleges and universities that are working to improve their campus climates by providing opportunities for constructive racial dialogue. Competitive proposals will include:

  • Community and campus forums
  • Faculty/staff training and development
  • Student training and development
  • Campus-wide programming
  • Other thoughtfully designed efforts

To view the grant levels offered, the criteria for evaluation, a informational webinar discussing the grant application process, and the RFP (available for download), visit the Lumina Foundation's website. 

Application Instructions 

The request for proposals (RFP) document describes the grant competition in greater detail. Please review the grant application and consider how this support might advance progress toward equity goals. 

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