Equity Program Grants:


Anyone interested in applying for an Equity Grant should read these instructions to determine if you should follow the steps for current grantee partners or, for new groups, submit a Letter of Inquiry.


Guided by our mission to achieve equity in education by working with those affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty, the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund partners with groups and organizations focused on one or more of the Key Issues, and whose work aligns our Program Focus Area organizational characteristics criteria. Grant decisions are made by Trustees twice per calendar year.


For grantee partners who received an Equity Grant in the last calendar year: 
Step 1. Complete the Equity Grant application, which will be sent by the Grants Manager.
The staff review team will read and rate applications individually and then meet to share ratings and rationale. 

Step 2. Some groups will be invited to a conversation about their application.
This is often required for groups that are new or for whom staff have outstanding questions, but not necessary for all current grantee partners. Staff present recommendations to Trustees based on the application and, if relevant, the subsequent conversation. Decisions are then communicated to groups.  

NEW INQUIRIES will be accepted starting June 1, 2022

For groups who are new or previous grantee partners who did not receive an Equity Grant last year: 

Step 1. Complete the Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

Step 2. Program staff will reach out to the groups with potential alignment to schedule a brief conversation. 

Groups that seem aligned will be invited to complete an application and participate in the Application Process outlined above. 

We value the time of all groups working to advance equity. We have tried to create a more equitable application process that is not a heavy lift and relies more on conversation than written words.  We welcome any feedback about our application process. 

For questions about the Letter of Inquiry, please contact: Rachel Murphy, Grants Manager
For questions about the application, please contact your Program Officer. 

For feedback about our application process, please contact Rachel Murphy, Grants Manager.