Racial Justice and Equity Fund - Sept 2


Lumina Foundation Issues RFP for Racial Justice and Equity Fund


The Lumina Foundation is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.


The foundation has issued an RFP for its Racial Justice and Equity (RJE) Fund that will support seven to ten organizations with grants of up to $400,000 for as long as two years. The fund is designed to directly support organizations’ efforts to eradicate systemic racism and advance equity and justice for those who have experienced racial oppression: especially Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations. In addition, the RJE Fund invests in efforts outside of Lumina’s core strategies that have a meaningful connection to the field of higher education. Lumina views this connection, or adjacency, as an established relationship or partnership with a higher education institution or set of institutions and/or supporting college students.


The common thread that unites all Lumina RJE grantees is their explicit focus on eradicating systemic racism and working to mitigate and eliminate the entrenched policies, practices, and beliefs that continue to stand in the way of racial equity and justice. Current RJE Fund grantees embody this focus while connecting with the field of higher education in multiple ways.

This RFP is not designed for organizations looking to launch an equity initiative, start a new diversity, equity, and inclusion function, or organizations whose missions and work are not explicitly focused on racial equity.


Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) organizations, public charities, and other nonprofits, such as community-based organizations; public policy/advocacy organizations; tribal organizations; social movement/mobilization organizations; and centers within higher education institutions.


Initial applications are due September 2, 2021, by 5:00pm EDT. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by October 21, 2021.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and to access an informational webinar, see the Lumina Foundation website.


Deadline: September 2, 2021 (Initial Applications)