The Human Relations Commission, in partnership with the city’s Neighborhood Engagement Division, has launched the Community Support Grant program, officials announced this month.
Led by Commission Chair Aram Ayra and Commissioners LaTonia Scoggins and Ronald Shirley, the initiative aims to provide financial aid to Riverside’s nonprofit and community organizations. The program represents a unique effort in the city’s history, involving participatory budgeting by a citizen-led commission.
“This grant is more than just financial support; it is a catalyst for community-led initiatives that align with the important mission of the Human Relations Commission,” said Ayra, "We are so excited to see the positive impact these projects will have on Riverside, fostering a more equitable and vibrant community for all of our Riverside residents.”
The Community Support Grant will award up to $1,000 each to three eligible organizations. These groups should focus on projects that promote the commission’s goals of equal opportunity, justice, and community well-being. Eligible projects include organizing multicultural events, anti-discrimination campaigns, youth mentorship programs, public art installations, civic engagement forums, and initiatives for equitable access to services.
Organizations interested in applying can request an application by emailing email@example.com or calling 951-826-5430. Applications, available in English and Spanish, must be submitted by February 2, 2024.
Over the coming months, the commission’s members plan to engage with various community groups and organizations across Riverside. They aim to provide insights into the grant application process and discuss ongoing initiatives and opportunities for community involvement.