Racial Equity, Social Justice & Human Rights

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Racial Equity and Social Justice Grant

This grant opportunity is available to Iowa City-based organizations, both non and for-profit, with the purpose of encouraging, empowering, and engaging racial equity and social justice initiatives through programs, activities, or services that help eliminate inequities in the Iowa City community. Programs that address one or more of the six priority service areas will receive preference: Building Communities, Criminal Justice, Education, Employment, Health, and Housing. The Human Rights Commission reviews applications and then forwards its recommendations to the City Council for review and approval. The City Council has approved $100,000 for FY2024, which will be split among the recipients.

Grant Requirements

  • The organization must be physically located in Iowa City.
  • The project must take place in Iowa City.
  • The project should seek to eliminate inequity in the community (individual, institutional, or structural).
  • The project must be a new project. Exception, organizations previously funded in the last grant cycle may reapply for the same project to be funded for one additional grant cycle. 
  • Applicants cannot be governments, public schools, and colleges/universities.
  • Applicants can request no more than $25,000.
  • Projects cannot be for fundraising purposes.

Application Process

The online application will be available from Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, through Friday, Jan. 5, 2024. It is strongly encouraged to view the recording from the informational session prior to applying for the grant. Please direct any questions to Stefanie Bowers at phone number 319-356-5022 or email sbowers@iowa-city.org

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View FY24 Racial Equity & Social Justice Grant Submissions here.

The Iowa City Human Rights Commission will review all applications and make funding recommendations to the City Council no later than April 30, 2024.  Funding will be awarded by June 3, 2024.

Slide Deck for Racial Equity and Social Justice Grant information sessions

Slide Deck on Informational Sessions for 2024. 

Recording of Informational Session from November 8, 2023. 

Watch here


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Additional City Information related to Racial Equity & Social Justice


Government Alliance for Race and Equity

The City of Iowa City is a part of the Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE). The City joined in 2015, making it the second city in Iowa to become a member. GARE is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. Across the country, governmental jurisdictions are:

  • Making a commitment to achieving racial equity
  • Focusing on the power and influence of their own institutions, and
  • Working in partnership with others

When this occurs, significant leverage and expansion opportunities emerge, setting the stage for the achievement of racial equity in our communities.

More Information about GARE.