The mission of the Black Healing Fund is to assist in the fight against the mental, health, and economic impact of anti-blackness—racism—on Black and Brown communities, and to directly support programs and individuals prioritizing the continued healing of Black and Brown communities.
Because the scars of anti-blackness are centuries old, real, lifelong, and often deadly… There are many studies that have been conducted, the most recent by the American Academy of Pediatrics showing that racism in real and fundamental ways, impacts not just our health, but our chances for a good and successful life, from childhood onto adulthood.
First, when it comes to the real impact of anti-Blackness (racism), there can never be such a thing as “too much help and too many resources.” This is because the impact is not a year or a decade old, but it is centuries’ old and structural. It is reflected in every institution in our country. In fact, this is reflected in terms of who holds most of the funding, what are their priorities, and who gets funded. Our goal is to raise and provide funding to
- Both organization and individuals, especially small, newer organizations and individuals who don’t always get opportunities to make an impact, because they don’t always meet certain “large organization that’s been in business for a certain period of time,” as a result, our communities get deprived of their expertise and newer approaches of healing.
Small, newer organizations and individuals focusing on trauma informed practices, centered around the impact of anti-Blackness (racism), will get opportunities to apply for funding. They will have to meet the following criteria:
- Be based in the community where they will be providing services
- Focus on racial trauma healing