WASHINGTON, DC — DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) is elated to be the recipient of a $1,000,000 grant, payable over the next four years, from the Health Equity Fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation.
DCFPI will use the funds from this grant to advance a liberatory policy agenda that roots out anti-Blackness and repairs racist harms that have led to consistently poorer economic and health outcomes for Black and brown communities. Over the grant period, DCFPI, in collaboration with partners rooted in impacted communities, will pursue two critical areas of policy change: establishing guarantees for a liberation economy and building Black wealth.
DCFPI will also use funding from this grant to build organization capacity by hiring additional staff and investing in staff health and well-being by institutionalizing racial equity innovations that address racial and gender wealth gaps and mitigate mental and emotional exhaustion.
“The longstanding partnership of the Community Foundation has been integral to advancing our work and supporting economically struggling families residents in DC,” said Executive Director Erica Williams. “This funding will enable us to pursue public policies rooted in shared abundance that improve economic and health outcomes for impacted communities.”
This is the second round of grant funding awarded from the Health Equity Fund, and DCFPI is one of 14 DC area nonprofit organizations engaged in policy, advocacy, and systems change that seek to close the glaring and intolerable racial health and wealth gap to receive funds.
The Health Equity Fund is investing in the social and structural determinants of health by investing in projects that implement policy, advocacy, and systems change frameworks that disrupt the ‘business as usual’ posture that is required of the structural change needed to improve the well-being of people in our city. These investments are closely aligned with The Community Foundation’s new strategic vision to close our community’s racial wealth gap and ensure our region is a place where we all prosper, together.