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Equity Office awards grants

Monday, April 8, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin’s Equity Office has awarded 10 “mini grants.” According to an April 5 memo from Chief Equity Officer Brion Oaks, “The awardees were selected by a community review panel composed of one representative from each of our four Quality of Life Commissions: African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer. Interest, and participation, in the Equity Mini-Grant Fund exceeded expectations. Over 120 applications were received and the review panel logged over 100 hours of volunteer time in the review and decision-making process.” In the end, the city awarded the $75,000 in grants to NAMI Austin, Black Mamas Community Collective, Texas Legal Services/People’s Community Clinic, Hand to Hold, Book Boosters, Austin Community Design and Development Center, Youth Unlimited, Educators in Solidarity, Perez Elementary, and North Shoal Creek Community Garden. For more information about the grants and organizations, the full memo is available online. The Equity Office and Mayor Steve Adler will be recognizing the awardees and reviewers in a ceremony to be held April 24 at City Hall.

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