Houston Endowment awards $20 million for racial equity, social justice

Houston Endowment awards $20 million for racial equity, social justice

The Houston Endowment has announced grants totaling $20 million in support of local organizations working to advance racial equity and social justice.

As part of a commitment of $25 million over four years announced by the endowment in June, grants were awarded in the areas of anti-Black racism and systemic injustice; policy and advocacy; strong communities; art, culture, and history; education; and strong families and children. Recipients include the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Emancipation Park Conservancy, Project Row Houses, HYPE Freedom School, Urban Enrichment Institute, Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project, Houston Area Urban League, Sankofa Research Institute, Coalition of Community Organizations, Emancipation Economic Development Council, Preserving Communities of Color, 8 Million Stories, and Shades of Blue Project.

"All Houstonians should have the opportunity to thrive," said Houston Endowment president and CEO Ann Stern. "We recognize that it will require long-term commitment to achieve the anti-racist society we envision. With this initial round of grants, we hope to amplify Black voices in the community and provide needed resources to organizations that are carrying out this work today."

(Photo credit: Project Row Houses)