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Open Application—Community Governance Board for the Racial Healing+Justice Fund

Overview | The DetailsHow to Apply
Applications are due by Friday, September 11th at 12 pm CT.

OVERVIEW

Purpose – Community Governance Body

A central value of the Racial Healing + Justice Fund is that it is informed, designed, and led by community members and advocates who are directly impacted by racialized oppression. The Community Governance Board will be made up of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Clair County community members who oversee the Funds investment. This includes finalizing the Fund’s grant priorities based on community voice, reviewing and selecting applications to receive funding, and continuing to develop the Fund’s focus through ongoing community design.

About the RH+JF Fund

The Racial Healing + Justice Fund was created to invest in racial healing as a core component of achieving Racial Equity and to make space for affected residents, Black and Brown St. Louisans, to have direct power over the distribution of resources for healing, justice, and transformation. Through these investments, the Racial Healing and Justice Fund will align local and national philanthropy, community-set priorities, and community-led grantmaking that put racial equity and healing justice at the center, creating a future St. Louis where all residents have the opportunity to thrive. The fund currently has $1.6 million committed over a three year period.

The Healing focus of the Fund invests in:

  • Creating space to share truth narratives, communal grieving, and communal connection on race and systemic racism;
  • Enabling restoration, reverence, respect, and trust, at all levels of a community;
  • Building and exercising individual power and resilience;
  • Providing support for the spiritual and emotional health of community organizers and advocates.

The Justice focus of the Fund invests in:

  • Changing the conditions of racial inequities by continuously supporting current and future leaders of color;
  • Centering, growing, and activating grassroots knowledge;
  • Broadening resident engagement to operationalize policymaker accountability structures and practices;
  • Uplifting communal mobilization for system change.

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THE DETAILS

What Does the Board Do?

The Community Governance Board (CGB) is a voting body of 9-15 community members from St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Clair County who receive a stipend for their time and insight. The Board will review and have decision-making power over how funding will be distributed to St. Louis Black and Brown communities’ healing efforts, programs, and initiatives.

Within this body there will be two groups to ensure the sustainability of the fund: a Grants & Allocation work group and a Community Voice & Learning work group.

  • Grants and Allocation Work Group
    • Runs grant process and supports applicants
    • Conducts initial grant review
    • Recommends slate of applicants for funding
    • Support lead: Deaconess Foundation & Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Community Voice & Learning
    • Activates on community engagement and voice
    • Collects, evaluates, learns from process and granting outcomes
    • Continual improvement and adaptation based on process and community voice
    • Support lead: Forward Through Ferguson
  • Full Board
    • Votes on recommended slate of grants in each cycle
    • Decides on new and continuing priorities
    • Coordination lead: Forward Through Ferguson

What’s the time commitment?

The Board will have monthly meetings to do its work. In the first month, there will be three mandatory orientation meetings for the Board to build relationships, receive training, and share knowledge.

September 28th, 2020Community Governance Training + Orientation (Part 1 )

  • Orientation + Systems Change Training
  • Discuss and vote on fund priorities
  • Group Culture Building
October 5th, 2020Community Governance Training + Orientation (Part 2)

  • Grants Training
  • Discuss and vote on the grants structure
  • Sustainability Teach-in
  • Ongoing Community Engagement Teach-in
October 17th, 2020 Community Governance Training + Orientation (Part 3)

  • Final teach-in session and orientation wrap-up
  • Working Groups and Planning

Composition and Term Requirements

The composition of the Community Governance Body—selected by a Selection Committee made up of community organizers and healers—will be in alignment with the Prioritizing Inclusion and Humanizing Equity principles of the Fund. The body will be made up of individuals directly impacted by racialized oppression. The composition priorities will also draw from insights from the initial community design process and from ongoing community engagement.  

The Community Governance Body shall be composed of 9-15 members. They will be approved by the Racial Healing + Justice Fund Selection Committee after an application and interview process. The term length will be 12 months with an open call for board members every 6 months. Each Board member can serve up to two consecutive terms. Members are required to attend three orientation meetings from September through October with monthly recurring meetings occurring afterward. The Board Members will also participate in two Working Groups that focus on community input and the granting process.

Honorarium and Stipends

A stipend of $750 will be provided to each Community Governance Board member for their yearlong term. An additional $25 honorarium will be provided per meeting for childcare purposes as needed on an individual basis.

Conflict of Interest Clause

Members of the Community Governance Board will be required to regularly report any conflicts of interest with applicants as they make granting decisions for the fund. Members of the Board will not be permitted to apply for funding themselves. As long as a Board Member’s conflict of interest is reported and shared transparently, that conflict does not prevent the Member from serving on the Board. If the Member is receiving money from an applicant (employment, contracting, etc.), that member will recuse themselves from voting.

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Interested? Here’s How to Apply

Your submission can take whatever form you feel expresses you best—it can be anything from a traditional cover letter, resume, and letters of recommendation to a video, manifesto, or artistic creation.

Whatever the format, cover all the bases below and submit everything by September 11th at 12 pm CT to: rhjf@forwardthroughferguson.org

  • For question #2, please have your reference submit their thoughts to you to deliver with the rest of your answers, or have them send their nomination directly to us on your behalf at bit.ly/healingboardstl.

Lastly, if you would like to nominate someone for the Community Governance Board, please submit their contact information at bit.ly/healingboardstl.

Application

In the email please include all the following information

  • Name
  • Gender Identity & Pronouns 
  • Age
  • Racial or Ethnic Identity (e.g., African-American/Black, East Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Multiracial, etc.)
  • Address, Phone Number, and Email
  • Any accommodations needed (e.g., sign language, computer text-to-speech, etc.)

In your application, please answer the following questions:

  1. Why does racial healing and justice matter to you? Why do you want to join the Board?
  2. Who vouches for you as a great fit for this board and why (in their words)?
  3. What contributions (for example, skills, experiences, community relationships, passions, etc.) do you feel you can make to the Community Governance Board? 
  4. What other community-based commitments or engagements do you currently have?
  5. We believe the core principles of this racial healing and justice work are (1) Prioritizing Inclusion & Community Voice, (2) Growing Community Awareness, Power, and Resilience, and (3) Humanizing Equity. What does each mean to you and/or to our region specifically?

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