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Equality-focused organizations win $300K grant

July 20, 2018
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Members of Urban Core Collective’s Transformational Leadership program to develop diverse leaders. Courtesy Urban Core Collective

A group of local organizations focused on equality for communities of color has received a $300,000 grant.

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded the funding to Urban Core Collective, a consortium of six local organizations focused on obtaining equal access to education, economic prosperity, health, power and influence.

Member organizations of UCC include the Baxter Community Center, Grand Rapids African American Health Institute, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, Family Outreach Center, Urban League of West Michigan and United Methodist Community House.

The grant will help develop and support strategies that “authentically engage and collaborate with communities of color to move their work forward.”

"Urban Core Collective is excited to forge this new partnership with Grand Rapids Community Foundation,” said Beca Velazquez-Publes, director, UCC. “Together, we will strategically create pathways for people of color to become community builders whose voices and actions are lifted to transform our community. By investing in the growth and development of the UCC, the community foundation is investing in the development of communities of color.”

Kate Luckert Schmid, program VP for the community foundation, said the organization is "inspired by UCC’s unique approach and are proud to partner with them as they broaden their reach."

"By working together to reduce the effects of systemic racism, the member organizations are strengthening their capacity and resolve in supporting historically marginalized communities,” Luckert Schmid said.

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