Funding for Black women is a sight we always love to see.
The Black Future Co-op Fund is set to award $1.05 million in grants — titled “We See You” — to 21 Black women-led organizations, according to The Seattle Medium. The grand gesture is one that is “for Black women, by Black women” as the funding’s goal is to directly provide resources and support for the underrepresented group who have invested in the Black community.
“Black women have long been at the forefront of our collective liberation — strategizing, organizing, leading, and caring for our communities,” says Fund architect and State Senator T’wina Nobles. “With these grants, the Black Future Co-op Fund recognizes Black women who are champions and vital shapers of Black self-determination.”
"We See You" Grants
Within the unrestricted funding, each selected organization will receive $50,000 for their diligent work and service to the community.
“The ‘We See You’ grants illustrate our confidence in women who lead, but often do not receive adequate support to do the excellent work they envision for our communities,” Andrea Caupain Sanderson, Fund architect and CEO of Byrd Barr Place, shared. “This is about helping our people and organizations across the state be self-determined, to own our own stories, to reframe the narratives about us.”
The Black Future Co-op Fund
According to the outlet, the Black Future Co-op Fund — launched in June 2020 — is marked as the first philanthropy led by Black women in Washington state.
Over nearly two years, the fund “has invested $2.75 million to advance its mission of igniting Black generational wealth, health, and well-being.”
“We are four Black women from four very different backgrounds. In building this Fund, we’ve come together, walked together, and worked cooperatively together,” said Angela Jones, Fund architect and director of the Washington State Initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We are expanding the network of critical support created by those who came before us, and being good ancestors for future generations.”