Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Trinity Church Wall street commits $7 million to end systemic racism


Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City has announced grants totaling $6.86 million to fifty-seven organizations in support of efforts to end systemic racism and offer a new vision for how all New Yorkers can achieve their potential and thrive.

Grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 were awarded in support of a variety of projects, including efforts to reimagine the city’s approach to affordable housing, reduce the number of households experiencing housing insecurity, and end cash bail. Grants include a total of $500,000 to five grantees in support of Rikers Island re-entry support programs, including programs to bail people out of Rikers and provide housing, medicine, food, and other services to recently released individuals. Additional grants will support work centered on racial justice as well as Trinity’s housing and homeless initiative.

The funding is in addition to the nearly $2.5 million Trinity awarded in April in emergency COVID grants and loans to local nonprofits.

“Trinity established racial justice and homelessness as our New York City funding priorities last year. Now, COVID-19 is magnifying the inequities in our city — the very inequities that our grants are designed to address,” said the Rev. Phillip A. Jackson. “The pandemic has strengthened Trinity’s calling and commitment to end the cycles of mass homelessness and mass incarceration.”

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