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Elevating Equity

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WHAT IS

ELEVATING EQUITY?

DEADLINE: Friday, December 4th at 11:59PM

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Elevating Equity is a unique grant opportunity focused on supporting innovative and impactful grassroots-led projects addressing systemic inequity, including racial inequity in Elgin. We believe the most powerful solutions to community issues can and should come from those facing those issues in their daily lives. If you are currently working on or have been dreaming up a project whether direct service, community organizing, arts & culture, or more, this grant is for you! Please note, this grant is intended for those individuals, groups, and/or organizations who have not been able to secure funding and/or face significant barriers to accessing funding.

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Application: Both Written & Video Submission

Application Deadline: Friday, December 4th at 11:59PM

Grant Award Range: $1000-$5000 for the period of 2/1/21 to 1/31/22

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WHAT WE’RE ABOUT

VISION & MISSION

VISION

WE ENVISION AN ELGIN WHERE OUR DIVERSE, GRASSROOTS RESIDENTS HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY BUILT ON EQUITY & JUSTICE, TRUST & LOVE. WE ARE INSPIRED BY OUR GRASSROOTS RESIDENTS, WHO ARE THE LEGACY-CREATORS, MOVEMENT-BUILDERS, AND CULTURAL LEADERS NEEDED IN OUR CITY.

MISSION

WE SEEK TO SUSTAIN A GRASSROOTS GRANTMAKING STRUCTURE THAT BOTH CENTERS AND AMPLIFIES THE UNDERHEARD AND OVERLOOKED VOICES OF ELGIN, SUPPORTING RESIDENTS WITH THE OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES TO NURTURE THEIR CREATIVITY AND REALIZE THEIR VISION. WE BELIEVE CENTERING THESE COMMUNITIES ENSURES A BETTER, MORE EQUITABLE ELGIN FOR ALL. WE BELIEVE EQUITY CANNOT BE ACHIEVED UNLESS RACIAL EQUITY IS ACHIEVED.

OPPRESSION (RACISM, SEXISM, CLASSISM, HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA, ETC.) CREATES DEEP INEQUITIES THAT WE SEE IN SOCIETY AND IN ELGIN. IN TRADITIONAL PHILANTHROPY, THESE FORMS OF OPPRESSION PREVENT GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY MEMBERS FROM BEING THE ONES WHO MAKE FUNDING DECISIONS OR RECEIVE THE FUNDING. ELEVATING EQUITY PLACES THE DECISION-MAKING POWER IN THE HANDS OF OUR GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

FOUR INTENTIONS

FOUNDATION OF OUR GRANTMAKING

The following four intentions are the foundation of our grantmaking. We encourage you to reflect on these four intentions as you prepare your proposal.

We Dig

WE DIG beneath the surface, beyond symptoms, and even beyond our own assumptions to uncover the root causes that have kept inequities in place for generations.

We Center

WE CENTER those who are directly impacted, honor their history, and TRUST their leadership.

We Imagine

WE IMAGINE the world as it should be and do not settle for the world as it is. A world of possibility & promise, equity & inclusion for all.

We Reflect

WE REFLECT in order to grow as individuals and organizations and to stay accountable to our values & our communities.

Deadline is Dec 4th! APPLY HERE

By Elgin

Who We Are

The Design Team is a group of Elgin residents who have designed this grantmaking initiative and who will decide the first grant awards.

We also want to give a special thank you to the following individuals who played a critical role in initiating and supporting this effort: Oswaldo Alvarez, Steven Rosado, and Adria Husband.

Marcos Bostho

Design Team Member

JD HarshBarger

Design Team Member

Dr. Risé D. Jones

dr. rise’ jones

Design Team Member

Erin Rehberg

Erin Rehberg

Design Team Member

Velma Parker Sept

velma parker sept

Design Team Member