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Racial Justice Fund seeks grant applications

Feb 25, 2021

Hallowell — The Maine Justice Foundation has announced the inaugural grant cycle for its Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 until the deadline Wednesday, March 10.

“Grants from the Racial Justice Fund will support efforts to advance racial justice by organizations across the state that actively involve and impact Mainers who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color,” said Michelle Giard Draeger, executive director of the Maine Justice Foundation. “We look forward to hearing from those Mainers who are working to eliminate racial disparity at every level of Maine society. This is vital work for the future of Maine and for our collective striving toward justice for our neighbors, no matter their race. At the Maine Justice Foundation, we believe that fairness matters. We cannot espouse such an ideal without taking a stand on racial justice and supporting those best positioned to make a difference in the most critical cause of our time.”

The Request for Proposals, guidelines, and application form can be found online at

Grants from the Fund will be made to qualified organizations for programs to advance racial justice throughout Maine, at every level of society, including but not limited to the legal system, healthcare, education, the workplace, food insecurity, the courts and housing. Applicants must be Maine-based and must demonstrate the involvement and participation of Maine residents who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color.

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