The John Rex Endowment's Request for Proposals (RFP) is strategically developed in response to feedback from grant funded partners and local organizations. We look forward to supporting work that aligns with John Rex Endowment’s mission — “to strengthen organizations that center racial equity and justice to improve the social emotional health of children living in Wake County.”  

We are pleased to announce that our second Racial Equity Capacity Building Request for Proposal (RFP) is now available. The funding purpose is to increase organizations’ effectiveness in leading with a racial equity commitment as they work to improve children’s social emotional health. 

Organizations are invited to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for this opportunity by Tuesday, July 12, 2022, if they:  

  • Are a Wake County (not statewide) organization that has been in operation for at least three (3) years either with its own 501(c)(3) status or using a fiscal sponsor.  
  • Exist to provide direct support of children’s and families’ social emotional health.  
  • Are focused on strengthening how it centers racial equity and/or racial justice to support children’s and families’ social emotional health, particularly for those made most marginalized by structural racism.   
  • Have an operating budget between $100,000 - $1.5 million and are not part of a hospital system, K-12 school, or postsecondary colleges and universities.  

The John Rex Endowment will award up to four (4) Racial Equity Capacity Building Grants. The grant term is three years, beginning November 2022. Funding requests may be up to $225,000 ($75,000 per year). 

Questions about the Endowment’s funding opportunities? Contact Gladys Hairston, Director of Learning, Research, and Evaluation.  



We will host several community webinars for those interested in learning more about our June 2022 Racial Equity Capacity Building RFP. These webinars are open to the public regardless of eligibility. 

Register below to join us!