The San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday approved $109,800 of grant funding to be allocated to non-profit organizations recommended by the city's new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force (DE&I).
According to city officials, the funding is "focused on narrowing equity gaps that have disproportionately impacted marginalized communities, such as: education, housing, physical and mental health services, criminalization, community representation and food security."
The city reportedly received 20 grant funding requests totaling $640,719 and had up to $120,000 of grant funding available to share.
The DE&I Task Force voted to recommend eight of the application requests. The programs that will receive the money are:
- Literacy for Life
- Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success
- R.A.C.E. Matters
- SLO International Film Festival
- Diversity Coalition San Luis Obispo County
- One Cool Earth
- SLO Noor Foundation
- SLO Repertory Theater
The DE&I Task Force was created in June 2020 by city council resolution and is described as having a goal of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the community, focusing on activities that support marginalized racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.