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Human Rights Commission Offers Supportive Funding

by Colleen Paveglio
Friday, December 11, 2020

December 11, 2020 - Please see the following message from Human Rights Commission Chairperson Susan Odgers, sharing information on the Commission’s mission and supportive funding.

The Traverse City Human Rights Commission (HRC) has amended its Fiscal Year 20-21 budget to support activities that reflect its mission and include activities that are focused on protecting public health. Throughout its 26-year history, the HRC has sponsored hundreds of public hearings, community conversations, educational forums, and celebrations of civil rights milestones such as Martin Luther King Day, and films like RBG and Just Mercy. The continuing rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths has prompted the Commission to seek alternative means of achieving its 2020 goals without public health risk.

Traverse area nonprofit organizations or government/educational agencies are invited to apply for “sponsorship” funding for projects within three priority areas: 1) racial equity and inclusion, 2) homelessness, and 3) criminal justice reform. Financial support will generally range from $200-$500 per project. Proposed projects should enhance public awareness related to these three priorities and/or provide effective tools to strengthen services to priority populations (homeless, BIPOC, and the incarcerated). The use of technology/media in place of public gatherings and adherence to current CDC guidelines will be an essential component of the evaluation process. 

An application form may be found by visiting,

The Commission will begin reviewing applications during the monthly meetings, beginning in December to February. Projects will be considered monthly until the remaining $3,000 in the FY20-21 budget has been allocated. The next fiscal year will begin July 1, 2021 and funding priorities will be updated at that time.

To learn more about the Human Rights Commission, visit