Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery is excited to announce its inaugural Request for Proposals (RFP). The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support innovative and achievable ideas that address systemic inequities affecting descendant communities (i.e., people harmed by slavery). We recognize that the corrosive effects of slavery still impact almost every aspect of American life and contribute directly to persistent inequities. Therefore, we welcome ideas that promote reparative work in various sectors, such as education, economic mobility, health, urban planning, or criminal justice.
This RFP aims to foster mutually beneficial partnerships with community partners and Harvard partners, including staff, faculty, students, postdocs, fellows, and alumni. We encourage proposals that are collaborative, community-driven, interdisciplinary, and focused on advancing equity and justice. We will prioritize applications that address the needs of local descendant communities in Cambridge and Boston. Our goal is to empower local communities to implement reparative actions for communities most impacted by the legacies of slavery.