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The Racial Equity and Community Partnership Grant Program

"As Northwestern's Evanston and Chicago homes continue to grapple with two historic challenges, COVID-19 and systemic racism, the University is in a position to help lead the way, and it has a duty to do so." - President, Morton Schapiro

Applications are open for the Racial Equity and Community Partnership Grant Program

The application period for the Racial Equity and Community Partnership Grant Program is now open. Northwestern has committed $500,000 to advance racial equity in our home communities of Evanston and Chicago. This unique opportunity will support mutually beneficial partnerships between community-based organizations and Northwestern University representatives that work towards making our communities fairer and more equitable. Please click here to review the RFP and submit your proposal by 11:59 pm on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

A dynamic expansion of the Good Neighbor Fund, The Racial Equity and Community Partnership Grant Program, will foster research and scholarship relevant to our home communities of Evanston and Chicago while simultaneously addressing critical community issues rooted in racial equity and social justice. This innovative pilot program will support initiatives that bring together our community's resources and Northwestern's intellectual assets to solve problems in Evanston and Chicago. 

The Racial Equity and Community Partnership Grant Program was developed by an advisory committee comprised of Northwestern University faculty and staff representing both administrative and academic units, and community leaders in Evanston and Chicago. Please visit the Advisory Committee page to learn about committee members and its charge.

Evanston and Chicago are better when we work together.

Who can apply?

Eligible Applicants: A partnership or coalition consisting of a community stakeholder and University representative working on a community-identified need that has the potential to advance research-based knowledge and be leveraged for broader impact through additional government or foundation support. A community stakeholder can be a community group, non-profit organization, or association. All Northwestern faculty, students, or staff can serve as University representatives.

The Office of Neighborhood and Community Relations is hosting several information sessions on Zoom to answer questions about this program. Attendance is not required in order to apply. Register in advance for one of these sessions at the links below:

 For additional information, please visit the FAQ page.