The Racial Justice Fund was created to advance racial justice, equity, and inclusion across Muscatine and Louisa Counties. Community members, businesses, organizations, and churches interested in changing lives and being part of the solution may donate to this fund and have their dollars doubled through a $25,000 matching pledge by the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine.
Funds will be granted to qualified, charitable organizations whose work acts as an accelerator to reduce barriers towards achieving racial justice and is centered on uplifting the most marginalized in our service area. To ensure we move forward collectively, and address a broad range of opportunities, priority will be given to:
- Grants that are collaborative across a networked alliance
- Grants that connect multiple issues or communities
- Applicant organization/networks who are led by people of color
Grant applications opened on July 15, 2020.
An Advisory Committee has been established for this fund, representing various county and community organizations including: UnityPoint – Trinity Muscatine Public Health, Muscatine Community College, Muscatine Center for Social Action, LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), Diversity Center of Muscatine, and Stanley Center for Peace and Security. Additional members have been identified by the Committee each year to ensure diverse and representative membership.
Muscatine County is rated the 6th most ethnic and economically diverse County in Iowa, with Louisa County rated 8th, according to Niche.com. One-half of the children enrolled in Muscatine County schools, and nearly one-third of children in Louisa County schools, in 2019-2020 were non-white.
“The bedrock of the Community Foundation is improving the quality of life in Muscatine County. To this end, one of the five core values that drives our work is fostering a deep respect for all people across the community,” said Charla Schafer, Community Foundation Executive Director. “The Racial Justice Fund will serve as a catalyst by deepening conversations, engaging bold ideas in eliminating racial disparities, and expanding learning platforms to collectively build proximity and center the voices of those often overlooked. The work done today will strengthen lives and better our tomorrow.”