"Drum Line" performance at the Garde Arts Center, supported by the Fund for Racial Justice. Photo by Tom Bombria Photography.

The Community Foundation created the Fund for Racial Justice in 2021 with the purpose of advancing racial equity, supporting organizing and advocacy, and allocating flexible resources to organizations and movements, especially those led by People of Color in Eastern Connecticut.

This Fund supports grassroots organizations, existing nonprofits, and other movement builders throughout Eastern Connecticut whose vision is to increase education and awareness of racial inequities and work towards solutions that build a greater understanding and move the needle towards racial equity and justice.

The purpose of this grantmaking is to eliminate racial injustice through a variety of means including community organizing, advocacy, and education.

In June of 2022, the Fund for Racial Justice awarded its inaugural cycle of competitive grants in the amount of $205,640 to 24 organizations across the region (see list here). Recognizing the need to continue this important work, the Community Foundation endowed the Fund so it will support racial justice work in perpetuity. Our plan is to grow the endowment to $1 million before starting the next grant cycle.

When the endowment of the Fund was announced in June 2023, we had donor commitments of over $350,000... well on our way to reaching our $1 million goal!

If you would like to be a Patron of the Fund at one of the giving levels listed below, we would be grateful. If you’re a donor advisor for a fund, remember you can recommend a grant for this purpose. Your loyalty and support will help us to achieve our goal and fulfill the Fund’s vision for years to come.

Giving Levels:

  • Benefactor $100,000
  • Ambassador $50,000
  • Visionary $25,000
  • Pioneer $10,000

If these giving levels are not suited for you, any amount is appreciated.

We hope you will join us in addressing racial equity issues throughout Eastern Connecticut!

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For more information, contact Lauren C. Parda, Director of Development, at lauren@cfect.org or 860.442.3573.