Racial Equity FAQ PageWhy did Northwestern University establish the Racial Equity and Community Partnership Grants program?
- In 2020, as Northwestern's home communities of Evanston and Chicago grappled with the challenge of the two pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, the University made a renewed commitment to advancing racial equity within the institution and in these communities. Northwestern is uniquely positioned to meet those challenges and help our communities recover during this pivotal moment in our history. By intentionally connecting the University's research and intellectual assets with our community's most valuable resources - its people - we seek to foster positive social transformation and move towards a more equitable society. Northwestern is committed to becoming a national model for how a major research university engages with the communities in which it resides. These grants are a key element of that commitment.
- This program is focused on advancing racial equity in Evanston and Chicago through policy and program changes that work to dismantle systemic racism. Grants will be awarded to partnerships between community-based nonprofits or groups in Evanston and Chicago and Northwestern faculty, students, or staff.
- To advance racial equity, the strategy is building and expanding strategic partnerships that:
- Build the capacity of local neighborhoods to develop and grow community solutions to structural and systemic problems.
- Advance the University's academic and research mission while also strengthening local communities.
- These partnerships should have the potential to advance research-based knowledge and be leveraged for broader impact and additional foundation and government support.
How will these grants be selected?
The Racial Equity and Community Grants Program is administered by the Office of Neighborhood and Community Relations. In 2020-2021, an advisory committee made up of key leaders of Northwestern academic and administrative units and representatives of both the Evanston and Chicago communities developed the program. That committee determined the funding priorities, the guidelines. and the criteria for selection, as well as reviewing the process and making recommendations for the second year of the grants program. In 2022, a successor advisory committee will work with NCR to review and recommend proposals for funding.
What is the grant process for 2022?
- Partnership Grants: Up to ten grants will be awarded for $25,000 to $75,000 for 2022-23. Proposed projects much already have a community-based organization/Northwestern partnership or establish one by the LOI submission deadline of January 14.
Incubator Grants: Incubator grant applications will be available in the spring of 2022.
What is the timeline for application and selection for 2022-23 grants?
- The grant guidelines and application were released on November 13, 2021.
- The LOI must be completed in the online application system by January 14, 2022.
- The committee will review the LOIs and select applications to move to the second stage on February 7.
- Those selected to continue will complete a final, full proposal for grant and submit by March 7.
- We will announce grantees in May 2022.
- Grants will run from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.
- See the guidelines for more information, LOI questions, and a link to the application portal.
Do these grants replace the Good Neighbor Fund?
No, the $500,000 committed to this grant program is in addition to the seventh year of Northwestern awarding a $1 million Good Neighbor fund grant to the City of Evanston.
What was funded in the first round of Racial Equity and Community Partnership Grants in 2021?
- These are the ten partnerships funded in the pilot 2021-22 year of the Racial Equity and Community Partnership Grants:
Center for Civic Engagement, Northwestern and Black Metropolis Research Consortium ($36,000)
Supporting Chicago’s Black Archives: Building increased capacity for Black historical archives, creating new model to train future scholars, and serve as a model of partnerships
Chicago Learning Exchange and OCEP, Northwestern ($53,400)
Supporting and Seeding Leaders: Advancing racial diversity in mentor recruitment and retention among BIPOC STEAM mentors
Evanston Early Childhood Council and the Family Institute ($61,250)
Responding to Trauma with Evanston Early Childhood Programs
Howard Brown Health and EDIT, Northwestern ($53,120)
Opportunity Us: Increasing representation of Black and Latina women of transgender experience in the research workforce and centering community voice and expertise
I Am Abel and Department of Gastroenterology, Feinberg School of Medicine ($62,000)
CPISDAR: Increasing the number of underrepresented students in medical school
James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy and Center for Negotiation, Pritzker School of Law ($45,000)
Evanston’s Restorative Justice Community Court: Establishing a Restorative Justice Community Court to build community capacity to resolve conflict and repair harm
Northwestern Settlement House and Child Language Lab, Department of Communication ($45,275)
Project LEAP: Increase equity in children’s early literacy outcomes through an intergenerational model of caregiver-school collaboration for Black and Latinx children
Northwestern Medicine African American Transplant Access Program, NU GoKidney, And Endeleo Institute ($60,000)
A Desert Oasis: Addressing food access inequities in Washington Heights to improve kidney health.
STEM School Evanston and Department of African American Studies, Northwestern ($54,000)
Amplifying Black Voices on Educational Equity in Evanston: Centering community voice toward the creation of a program of educational redress for Black students, their families, and Black communities more broadly
Youth Job Center, Oakton Community College, and Kellogg School of Management ($40,0000)
Entrepreneurial Bridge and Small Business Incubator Program: Establishing an entrepreneurial program that will serve as a catalyst to increase racial equity and wealth building in local communities