Community-based organizations can now apply for the Partners in Equity Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) grant, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Thursday. The program supports Dane County-based community groups that propose to use funding to address systemic racial inequities in the criminal justice system.
“My top priority as county executive is to work with our entire community to ensure that every single resident has access to opportunity,” said Parisi in a statement. “Together, we can address these shared challenges and better ensure opportunity for all.”
The grant was approved by the County Board of Supervisors and County Executive and piloted in 2015 to address systemic racial inequalities in health, education, employment or criminal justice. Grants are awarded to Dane County-based community groups that will use the funding to address systemic racial inequities in the following areas: health, education, employment, and criminal justice. Individual organizations may apply for up to $15,000. Partnerships or collaborations of two or more eligible organizations may apply for up to $50,000.
“The Partners in Equity grant is an intentional endeavor by the County to include local organizations in the remedy of systemic racial disparities,” said Greg Jones, OEI Advisory Committee Chair, in a statement. “It motivates and mobilizes our communities to improve the lives of all Dane County residents.”
Applications for the PIE-RESJ grant can be obtained here.