The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $24 million in support of efforts to address the consequences of racism in communities across the United States.
Grants were awarded to eleven organizations to help implement the foundation's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) framework — a comprehensive national and community-based process designed to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism and bring about transformational and sustainable change — in fourteen cities and states. A primary focus of the effort will be the dismantling of the deeply held and often unconscious beliefs that undergird racism — including the belief in a hierarchy of human value.
Grant recipients include the First Alaskans Institute (Alaska); the Foundation for Louisiana (Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana); the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (Buffalo, New York); the Woods Fund of Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust (Chicago, Illinois); the Communities Foundation of Texas (Dallas, Texas); Southern California Grantmakers (Los Angeles, California); Initiatives of Change, Inc. (Richmond, Virginia); the Black Belt Community Foundation (Selma, Alabama); the Saint Paul Foundation (Saint Paul, Minnesota); and the Council of Michigan Foundations (Battle Creek, Flint, Kalamazoo, and Lansing, Michigan).
Over the next two to five years, the organizations and their coalitions will work to bring about transformational change in five areas: the creation and distribution of new narratives that influence perspectives, perceptions, and behaviors; racial healing and relationships; ameliorating the pernicious effects of segregation, colonization, and concentrated poverty in low-income neighborhoods; law, including the review and reform of discriminatory civil and criminal laws and the public policies that result from them; and the economy, including efforts to address structured inequality and barriers to economic opportunities.
"TRHT's purpose is to improve our ability as communities and as a country to see ourselves in each other, so that we can share a more equitable future for all children to thrive," said WKKF president and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron. "This work is essential because we must bridge the divides in our country. Now more than ever, we must all act in big and small ways to help people heal from the effects of racism."