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July 6, 2021

Announcing Equity in Education Grant Recipients

The Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI) announces $68,000 in grants awarded through its Equity in Education grants program.  

The spring 2021 grant cycle focused on BPI’s goal of advancing equity in education so that Black students and graduates can gain access, advance, and have the support needed to thrive. BPI prioritized Black-led organizations, public schools with a high population of Black students, and organizations and programs that invest directly in predominately Black schools and/or neighborhoods. 

Grants were awarded to:  

  • Action4Equity – $10,000 to support a wellness initiative for adolescent boys of color
  • Authoring Action – $10,000 to support an intensive arts and education-based program for teens  
  • Carter G. Woodson School – $10,000 to support a male mentoring program for students in grades 6-12
  • Crosby Scholars Community Partnership – $10,000 to introduce Black male students to various medical career pathways
  • Hoops4L.Y.F.E. – $10,000 for a summer enrichment program focused on students of color
  • Neighborhood's Hands – $10,000 to support additional staff and learning materials for two learning centers  
  • Quality Education Academy – $8,000 to support a STEM-focused mentor program focused on students of color

BPI’s grants are possible thanks to the collective pooling of resources from Forsyth County community members. So far in 2021, BPI has provided $75,000 in grants to local programs and initiatives, investing nearly 90% of those funds into Black-led organizations supporting the local Black community.  

BPI currently offers two grant programs: Impact Grants and Advancing Equity in Education Grants (also a focus area of The Winston-Salem Foundation). BPI will accept video applications for its Impact Grants program starting on Thursday, July 8. To learn more about these grant programs and to find ways to contribute to this work, visit

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