Foundation awards $2.4M grant to racial equity initiative
DETROIT — An initiative promoting racial equity and justice in the Detroit area is boosting its work with a $2.4-million grant from a West Michigan foundation.
The Detroit Equity Action Lab, or DEAL, part of the Wayne State University Law School's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, said the three-year grant from the Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation will support its second phase.
The money will allow it to expand its network, produce research to meet the needs identified by affected communities and develop approaches to eliminating structural racism.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded the initiative's first phase with a $1.5-million grant in 2014.
Since launching, DEAL has created a network of roughly 80 individuals representing 75 organizations working to end structural racism.
Areas and issues in which it works include arts and media, community development, law and access to basic needs.