Are your grant programs and processes diverse, equitable, and inclusive?
Equity now is, and should be, a critical topic driving assessment and change. All of us, even agencies and organizations driven by social impact and philanthropic missions, are faced with the realities of inequity – often due to historical bias and even modern-day blind spots. Unfortunately, one potentially overlooked area where bias and discrimination can lurk, if you’re not vigilant, is within your grant processes.
As we launch a new year, now is the perfect time to assess the various aspects of your grant program through an equity lens. We’ve developed an Equity Checklist for Your Grant Programs as an outline to guide you through the steps to embed equity throughout your application and review process.
Download the checklist for steps to:
Create your application with equity in mind
Design your application process using an equity lens
Ensure an equitable review process
Encourage diversity in your applicant pool
If you’re just getting started, this checklist is essential. But even for long-running grant programs, periodic review of your program and process to assess how equitable it is at each stage–from application through award–is equally critical. Increased equity ultimately increases your program’s impact.