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Racial Healing + Justice Fund

A Community Designed Fund

Too often Black and Brown St. Louisans, people of color, don’t have power over the resources for community healing, justice, and transformation. Nearly six years after the Ferguson Uprising there’s an urgency to lean into the discomfort of racial healing needed to build a just and equitable society. The Racial Healing + Justice Fund makes it a priority that residents who are directly affected by racial inequity are the ones who design the strategy and govern the investment of the funds into the community.

Forward Through Ferguson (FTF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not operate as a foundation or grantor. FTF leads project management and provides community design/engagement support for the Racial Healing + Justice Fund while support for grant administration is provided by Deaconess Foundation.

Grants & Funding Priorities

Current Grant Cycle

The 2021 RH+JF application window has closed for the year. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when the next grant cycle is announced. 

In the meantime, you can explore our website to learn more about RH+JF funding priorities and application process.

The Fund is committed to community-centric and anti-racist philanthropy practices. Learn more by reading our Grant Philosophy

Past Grants

The inaugural grant cycle distributions total more than $160,000 of the Racial Healing + Justice Fund’s $1.69 million.

Recipients include:

Funding will support efforts that include providing outlets for processing community grief, deep storytelling on Black history and Black future, youth capacity building in real estate ownership, and community organizing for public policy change.

Visit this page to learn more about each of the RH+JF grantees, and how their projects will shape the future of Racial Equity for Black and Brown communities in the St. Louis area.

Community Leadership

Meet the RHJF Community Governance Board.

The Community Governance Board, made up of Black and Brown St. Louis community members, oversee the Fund’s investment, review and select applications for grants, and continue to develop the funding priorities through ongoing community design. The Board was first introduced at the RHJF Launch event on October 21st, 2020 after an open application process by a selection committee of community organizers and healers.


About the Fund

Deaconess Foundation, Forward Through Ferguson, and Missouri Foundation for Health, with the thought leadership of InPower Institute, have collaborated to establish the St. Louis Regional Racial Healing Fund to invest in healing community trauma and changing the conditions that reinforce systemic racism. With a matching grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a growing pool of participating organizations, $1.69 million has already been committed to the effort. Through a community-led grantmaking process, the fund will support efforts to develop capacity and infrastructure in the racial justice movement to envision, articulate, and create a transformed St. Louis region through community organizing and healing arts.

Learn more about the history of the Fund and the community design process that led up to the launch in 2020.

Core Principles:

Prioritize Inclusion & Community Voice: Uplift and engage St. Louis’s Black and people of color communities. Center the value of lived experience, emotional wisdom, and intellect.

Grow Community Awareness, Power, and Resilience: Acknowledge collective impact. Guard sacredness of members’ powers as individuals. Invest in community capacity.

Humanize Equity: Push back against white supremacy culture and mindset. Promote the health of one’s whole self. Create liberating practices which harness the power of imagination to self-determine and self-actualize community healing.

Funding Partners

17 local and national foundations are among the organizations currently helping to support the Racial Healing + Justice Fund:

Big League Impact

Clark-Fox Family Foundation

Deaconess Foundation

Incarnate Word Foundation

JF Roblee Foundation

Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis

Light a Single Candle Foundation

Marillac Mission Fund

Midwest Bank Centre

Missouri Foundation for Health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Saint Louis Community Foundation

Saint Louis MHB

Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

YouthBridge Community Foundation

United Way of Greater St. Louis

Washington University of St. Louis

For more information on becoming a Funding Partner, contact Kiesha Davis, director of partnership and capacity building for Deaconess Foundation at