Bank of America Directs Over $22 Million in Grants to National and Local Nonprofits Supporting People and Communities of Color

Funding Builds on Ongoing Support of Workforce Development, Entrepreneurship, Health and Emergency Needs

March 1, 2021 at 9:15 AM Eastern

Bank of America announced today that it has directed more than $22 million in philanthropic funding to support education, jobs, entrepreneurship, health and housing and for people and communities of color as the company continues to deliver on its $1 billion, four-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity. These grants build on the $250 million in philanthropic funding the company allocates annually to nonprofit partners that address critical needs in the communities they serve.

“Workforce development, job creation and access to health and housing services are some of the most pressing needs facing Black, Hispanic-Latino and Native American individuals,” said Ebony Thomas, Bank of America’s Racial Equality and Economic Opportunity Executive. “By providing this support alongside our national and local partners, we are further addressing many of the challenges facing under-resourced and underserved communities across the U.S.”

Grants include:

$18.35 million for higher education and workforce development

Bank of America is focused on developing stronger hiring pipelines and empowering students to advance their academic and career opportunities. Grants are directed toward:

  • Providing workforce solutions through GRID Alternatives’ SolarCorps Fellowship Program, which enables individuals from diverse backgrounds to gain training and launch renewable energy careers;
  • Fueling Black innovation through a $10 million grant to Spelman and Morehouse colleges to establish the Center for Black Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Black Economic Alliance Foundation;
  • Supporting the advancement of student and institutional success at five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through the Way Forward initiative, a collaboration with education company EAB;
  • Joining a coalition of business leaders to upskill, hire and promote 1 million Black Americans over the next 10 years through the creation of OneTen;
  • Providing funding for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Support Services, which empowers and enables students, parents, scholars, and alumni to set a course for academic and career success;
  • Supporting the UnidosUS Latinos in Finance program to assist Hispanic-Latino individuals in navigating career pathways.

Additional organizations receiving grants include: Thurgood Marshall College Fund, UNCF (United Negro College Fund), Posse Foundation, American Indian Institute at Mesa Community College, Navajo Technical College, United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. and the American Indian College Fund.

$1.3 million supporting minority-owned small businesses and minority and indigenous entrepreneurs

Grants support the resiliency of small businesses, assisting Black, Hispanic-Latino and Indigenous entrepreneurs through the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Business Action Network, the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research & Forecasting with the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, Echoing Green and Our Native American Business Entrepreneurship Network (ONABEN).

 $2.55 million toward health and emergency needs

  • Funds continue to support health care and emergency services, including hunger relief and shelter, to help communities recover from the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus. Philanthropic funding is directed to:
  • Hispanic-Latino community-based health organizations that are part of the UnidosUS community health affiliate network in nine markets across the U.S.;
  • Local nonprofits serving Native American communities’ coronavirus response including hunger relief and health care as Bank of America recently announced;
  • Providing vital services for people experiencing homelessness through Native American Connections and ensuring that operating support continues for the National American Indian Housing Council;
  • Support of the Hispanic Federation’s coronavirus response focused on family stabilization and crisis prevention.

Recent Bank of America announcements focused on racial equality, diversity and inclusion and economic opportunity include:

 

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