In 2021, the Town of Brookline and the Brookline Community Foundation launched a Racial Equity Fund to support community organizations and efforts to advance racial equity and racial justice for the Brookline community. The Town of Brookline generously provided a $500,000 investment to seed the fund and the Brookline Community Foundation is managing the fund and facilitating the grant program.
That same year, the Racial Equity Grant Program was created to support community organizations, nonprofits, and other entities seeking funding for projects, programs, and initiatives that advance racial equity and racial justice for the Brookline community. This grant program will provide funding to address racial equity gaps that affect the quality of life for people of color in Brookline.
Consistent with the fund’s purpose, a Racial Equity Grant Committee comprised of community members, representatives from the Town of Brookline, and representatives from BCF work collectively to identify priorities for the grant cycle, review applications, and make funding recommendations to the BCF Board of Trustees. To ensure a plurality of perspectives and lived experience, the Committee includes a majority (more than 50%) people of color.
Values and priorities
BCF’s vision of a better Brookline for all who live, learn, work, and play here means working relentlessly to achieve equity—the condition where the dimensions of one’s identity have no influence on each of us getting what we need to survive or thrive. We recognize that many of the challenges we see across the country and here in Brookline have become more acute this past year and that BIPOC individuals and communities are disproportionately impacted by these challenges.
The Racial Equity Grant Program is the only grant program in our community that aims to address the impact of racism on the health, well-being, and overall quality of life for communities of color, and reallocate resources and power to those members of our community who have been historically marginalized and disadvantaged. We aim to do this by supporting projects that seek to reduce the racial inequities we are seeing in our community and by ensuring that funds go exclusively to lifting and building up members of our community who have been historically and/or are currently marginalized and disadvantaged.
501(c)(3) nonprofits organizations, Town departments or agencies, and community groups can apply for funding. If you are a Town department or agency, please see our additional guidelines. Organizations and groups that are currently funded through other BCF grant programs are eligible to apply.
Proposed projects or programs should directly benefit members of the Brookline community, which we define as those who live, learn, work, or play in Brookline.
To be eligible, an applicant must be operated and organized so that it does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.
If an organization or project is new and/or not yet tax-exempt (is not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit), an application may be submitted through a fiscal sponsorship. BCF can assist applicants in identifying an appropriate fiscal sponsor. If you are interested in pursuing fiscal sponsorship, please refer to our grant FAQs for more information or contact BCF.
BCF is unable to provide direct support or scholarships to individuals and our grants cannot be used to cover travel costs, political campaigns, or lobbying.
BCF anticipates issuing a request for proposals in fall/winter 2022.
Application support & technical assistance (TA)
We encourage all applicants to contact us prior to submitting your application so that we may support you, as needed, in your submission. We also welcome you to attend one of our optional applicant support and TA sessions.
Attend our Virtual Grant Information Session to learn about BCF’s grant programs and application process. A recording will be available after the Information Session.
Please contact us at email@example.com with any questions before, during or after the application process. We are happy to discuss ideas prior to submission.