Our Equity in Action Grant program funds digital projects that focus on anti-racist practices and marginalized communities.

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We’re very excited to announce the grant recipients for the 2022 cycle of METRO’s Equity in Action grant program! Congratulations to the following institutions. Please follow the links to learn more about their projects.

Program Mission & Grant Themes

The METRO Equity in Action Grant program aims to support member institutions by providing funding that assists with new and ongoing efforts to preserve our cultural history. We endeavor to fund digital projects that focus on anti-racist practices and marginalized communities. Rooted in community and collaboration, this program encourages partnerships between organizations in order to cultivate a mutual knowledge exchange that empowers both parties and creates a pipeline for access.

The METRO Equity in Action Grant program aims to support METRO member institutions by providing financial support to new or developing digital projects. We prioritize holistic projects that involve a community engagement component and/or decision makers and stakeholders of color. Each project must address at least one of the following topics and themes:

  • Physical or digital collections that are social-movement based
  • Uncovering histories of racialized communities or histories of individuals who have experienced marginalization
  • Approaching digital collections work with an intersectional, anti-racist lens
  • Encouraging diversity and different perspectives in the field

We seek to support the labor performed by workers within the New York City and Westchester area.

Selection Process & Eligibility

Award grantees are selected by METRO Program Managers and the Equity in Action Advisory Council. Grantees are chosen by the strength of projects and how they relate to the themes mentioned above.

Project funding is intended to be used for goods and services directly related to the project activities and efforts of member institutions. We prioritize holistic projects that involve a community engagement component and/or decision makers and stakeholders of color.

To be eligible at least one institution must be a METRO member.

Advisory Council Members

The advisory council that worked on the grants awarded in the 2022 cycle helped us review grant guidelines and assisted us with making selections for grants to be funded. This advisory council includes:

  • Kate Adler, Director of Library Services at Metropolitan College of New York
  • Meral Agish, Community Coordinator at Queens Memory 
  • Juliyen Davis, Transdisciplinary Design Specialist
  • Emily Drabinski, Interim Chief Librarian at Mina Rees Library, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Tessa Killian, Executive Director, Southeastern New York Library Resources Council
  • Obden Mondésir, Associate Director of the Barnard Archives
  • Cynthia Tobar, Assistant Professor/Head of Archives at Bronx Community College
  • Sharell Walker, Assistant Professor/Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Borough of Manhattan Community College

METRO Program Managers

Please feel free to reach out to any of us if you have any questions or concerns.