Community-Based Racial Healing

There is a new grant opportunity that readers here may want to consider from the Kellogg Foundation:

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is pleased to announce a new and exciting grant opportunity in response to our commitment to becoming an effective, anti-racist organization that promotes racial equity. Racial Equity refers to principles of fairness and justice. Racial equity work describes actions designed to address historic burdens as well as to remove present day barriers to equal opportunities. This is accomplished by identifying and eliminating systemic discriminatory policies and practices. Specific remediating strategies, policies, and practices are also required. These actions address the effects of historic injustice and prevent present and future inequities. Our approach to racial equity is inclusive. We will focus on priority concerns for vulnerable African American, Native American, Latino/Hispanic American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Arab American, and European American children and families within the context of their communities.

This grant opportunity seeks to strengthen and bolster community-based approaches for racial healing and racial equity efforts targeting vulnerable and marginalized children. The Kellogg Foundation anticipates awarding grants up to $400,000. You are invited to submit a proposal for our Community-Based Racial Healing work as outlined in the Request for Proposals (RFP).

This is exciting for those of us concerned about racial inequality because it indicates a new funding stream for anti-racist work.   Please spread the word, and good luck for those who apply!


  1. distance88

    It’s good to see that there is some funding money in the private sector going toward racism research. Does anybody know if the feds are beginning to fund (have funded?) similar types of research?
    A cursory Google search showed that NIH funded a study a few years ago on the effects of racial discrimination/ethnic bias on healthcare delivery….but I didn’t find much else…

  2. Danielle

    Interestingly, W. K. Kellogg’s estranged brother, John Harvey Kellogg, was an outspoken segregationist and an avid supporter/engineer of the early 1900s American eugenics movement (which would serve as a template for the Nazis’ eugenics project).
    J.H. Kellogg held ‘Race Betterment Conferences’ wherein he was quoted at one, “We have wonderful new races of horses, cows, and pigs. Why should we not have a new and improved race of men?… The white races of Europe [for which the Nordic race, in particular, was taken to be exemplary]… [should] seek to establish a Race of Human Thoroughbreds.” (Transforming Knowledge, Minnich, 2005).
    I am delighted to see such an amazing RFP and am a bit curious if his brother’s deeply troubling legacy had any part to do with the decision.

  3. Jenni M.

    Based on my research seems to me the feds stay away from anything as explicit as that laid out in the Kellogg Foundation’s plan, which might create responsibility for righting racial wrongs of the past, of which the government was entirely complicit. Hence John Conyer’s inability to get H.R. 40 taken up – “Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act.” He’s brought it up every year since 1989 with no success. Notice his goal is to establish a commission that would simply *study* slavery and the subsequent racial and economic discrimination from the end of the Civil War to the present. Obviously there is great animosity around the topic altogether. Nonetheless, as far as federal research funding goes, it tends to be of the type you (distance88) found – piecemeal, divorced from larger, structural/historical forces, focused on the “woes” of people of color with whites and white racism often absent from the discussion/equation.

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