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.
The inaugural grant cycle distributions total more than $160,000 of the Racial Healing + Justice Fund’s $1.69 million.
- “You Lucky You Gotta Mama” by Brittany Ferrell*
- Communities First
- Dream Builders 4 Equity
- Good Journey
- NLJ Counseling and Coaching Services*
- Peace Weaving Wholeness
- Rustic Roots Sanctuary
- Sistakeeper Empowerment Center
- The Collective STL
- The Justice Fleet*
- The Nehemiah Program
- YourWords STL
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.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.