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Lumina fund for racial justice and equity to begin accepting proposals


After last year’s racially motivated violence in Charlottesville, Lumina Foundation was among organizations that said the country must move beyond words to action. Today, in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, we are announcing the Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity.

The one-time investment of up to $1 million will be used to support colleges and universities that are working to improve their campus climates by providing opportunities for constructive racial dialogue. Competitive proposals will include:

  • Community and campus forums
  • Faculty/staff training and development
  • Student training and development
  • Campus-wide programming
  • Other thoughtfully designed efforts

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors will award two types of grants:

  • Grants of up to $50,000: These awards will be reserved for colleges and universities that can document they already initiated comprehensive efforts to advance equity on their campuses and in their communities. These institutions must show significant progress toward putting plans in place.
  • Grants of up to $25,000: These awards will support colleges and universities with efforts focused on issues related to equity and racial justice on campuses that propose significant work to enhance efforts to improve their campus climates.

The request for proposals (RFP) describes the grant competition in greater detail. Please review the grant application and consider how this support might advance progress toward equity goals. Applications are due Feb. 26, 2018.

Informational webinar for potential applicants

Rebroadcast of the webinar from Jan. 19, 2018.  

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Please contact Haley Glover ( with any additional questions.

Tracy Chen

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