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Racial Equity Grant Program

Thank you for your interest in the Racial Equity Grant Program. Our application period has closed. Decisions will be communicated in May 2021. If you have any questions, please email

“At Rockland Trust we are committed to a culture that values diversity and inclusion, and supports efforts to combat racism and promote fairness, equity, and justice throughout our communities." - Chris Oddleifson, Chief Executive Officer

Rockland Trust’s affiliated charitable foundations are now offering a Racial Equity Grant program, which will provide local nonprofits with funding ranging from $1,000 - $5,000 to support projects that advance racial equity within their organizations and communities.

Examples of eligible projects may include:

  • Racial equity training at the Board and/or staff level
  • Education events to foster dialogue and understanding
  • Organizational policy review
  • Facilitated purchases of books and materials

Application Process and Timeline

  • Monday, February 22, 2021 – Application opens
  • Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5pm EST– Application deadline
  • May 2021 – Notification of awards

Funded organizations will be required to complete a brief impact report at the end of the project period.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nonprofits in good standing with the IRS that are recognized as 501(c)(3) Public Charities
  • Must be headquartered, and operate in, at least one of the following areas: Barnstable County, MA; Bristol County, MA; Dukes County, MA; Middlesex County, MA; Nantucket County, MA; Norfolk County, MA; Plymouth County, MA; Suffolk County, MA; Worcester County, MA; and State of Rhode Island
  • Projects funded through this initiative must be completed within 12 months from the award date
  • Preference will be given to support projects that would not occur within the organization or community without external funding

Organizations that receive support from the affiliated Charitable Foundations are eligible to apply without impacting current or future applications for funding.


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