Applications for the 2022 Equity in Action grant cycle are closed. We've kept these FAQs up for those interested in applying for a future cycle. Stay tuned for application information about the 2023 round of Equity in Action grants.

What types of projects is METRO interested in funding?

We’re interested in funding work that focuses on anti-racist practices and marginalized communities. We will prioritize holistic projects that involve a community engagement component and/or decision makers and stakeholders of color. We seek projects that address at least one of the following 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 encourage your creativity. Sample project types can be found on the home page

Do partners need to be METRO members as well?

We welcome partnerships with organizations outside the METRO service area of New York City and Westchester County, though we will prioritize partnerships with organizations within our service area. We view this program as an opportunity for METRO members to partner with community archives or similar organizations that benefit from working alongside a library, archive, or museum.

When will my institution be reimbursed?

The project will commence on February 1, 2022 and end on November 1, 2022. METRO will reimburse selected institutions for all expenses incurred in two phases:

  • Phase I: February 1 through June 10, 2022
  • Phase II: June 11 through October 28, 2022

Institutions can expect to receive reimbursement checks in late June and mid-November, provided METRO is in receipt of all necessary documentation.

What does METRO expect to see in terms of outputs from this grant program?

In addition to the deliverables specified in your application (i.e. digital collections, OER, oral history collections, etc), METRO must be in receipt of project narratives for both Phase I and Phase II of your project, along with your program budget, receipts, invoices, and a W-9. Proof of completion will be determined on an individual application basis dependent on the project type. METRO staff will work with the grantee to decide what form this will take.

What are you looking for in a project budget? Can our budget include vendor costs?

Your program budget should include the applicable expenses, including one or more of the following categories: 

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Staffing
  • Training
  • Web design
  • Project evaluation
  • Promotion 
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Services

We recommend that institutions applying for funding receive direct quotes from any vendors, contractors, products, and services required to complete their project prior to submitting an application.

Click here for a sample budget and timeline.

Equity in Action funding is intended to be used for products and services directly related to project activities. We will prioritize proposals that center labor done within membership organizations and their partners.

What expenses are not covered in this grant program?

Direct compensation and/or fringe benefits for permanent employees are not eligible expenses for the Equity in Action Program.

Where can I learn more about METRO’s Equity in Action Grants?

We have a couple webinars that should help applicants with their applications and what to expect:

Equity in Action Grant: What We’ve Learned So Far Tuesday, September 21, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

During this webinar, Traci Mark (Program Manager- Equity, Archives & Media Preservation) and Davis Erin Anderson (Assistant Director for Programs and Partnerships) will explore what they learned from the previous grant cycle. This session is meant to answer questions and demystify the process of what happens behind the scenes. We’ll be discussing:

  • What we’re looking for in potential grantees
  • The types of projects we funded last year
  • Lessons learned during the first cycle of Equity in Action

Traci and Davis will also be speaking with former Equity in Action grant recipient Melissa Gasparotto from New York Public Library about their experience working with METRO and applying for the grant. 

Register here

Equity in Action Grant: Information Session
Tuesday, September 28, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This webinar will be facilitated by METRO’s Equity in Action Grant Program Manager Traci Mark. Traci will review the main components of the grant process, including:

  • The program’s information sheet
  • The grant application form
  • The selection rubric used by the program’s advisory council 

There will be a Q & A period at the end of the session. Please be sure to review our grant documentation before you arrive and bring any questions you might have about our Equity in Action grant program.

Register here