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SLO City Council approves funding for 8 non-profits to promote diversity, equity and inclusion efforts

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 15:33:24-05

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.