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Dane County Now Accepting Applications for The 2023 Partners in Equity Racial Equity & Social Justice Grant Program

October 03, 2023
Ariana Vruwink, 608-267-8823
County Executive, Office for Equity & Inclusion

Today, County Executive Parisi announced that community based organizations can now apply for the Partners in Equity Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Grant. The Partners in Equity Grant Program supports Dane County-based community groups that propose to use funding to address systemic racial inequities in the criminal justice system. The Partners in Equity Grant, also known as the PIE-RESJ Grant, was approved by the County Board of Supervisors and County Executive and piloted in 2015 to address systemic racial inequalities in health, education, employment, or criminal justice. 


“Dane County is proud of the partnerships we have forged through the Partners in Equity Grant Program to create positive change in our community,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.  “We encourage organizations to reach out and apply for funding. By partnering together, we can ensure opportunity for all and help Dane County residents reach their full potential.”


Grants are awarded to Dane County based community group(s) that will use the funding to address systemic racial inequities in the following areas: Health, Education, Employment, and Criminal Justice. Individual organizations may apply for up to $15,000. Partnerships or collaborations of two or more eligible organizations may apply for up to $50,000.


“Over the years, the Partners In Equity Grant has demonstrated a purpose-driven approach to racial equity and social justice. It is imperative that we continue this leadership,” said Greg Jones, Office of Equity and Inclusion Board Chair.  


Applicants may go to the following website to obtain the applications. If organizations would like a paper copy mailed to them, they may email  or call 608-283-1391 for an application or if they have questions.


The PIE-RESJ Grant application must be received by the Tamara D. Grigsby Office for Equity and Inclusion no later than 4:00 PM, Monday, October 23, 2023.  Mail or drop off applications at 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, RM 356, Madison, WI 53703 or submit completed applications to the email address listed above. 


The Office for Equity and Inclusion furthers Dane County’s ongoing commitment to addressing racial, gender, and disabilities disparities. The office guides Dane County’s Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Contract Compliance, and Civil Rights Compliance functions and serves as a resource for all County departments around issues of equity, disparities, conflict resolution, staff development and best practices.

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