NFL Adds 6 Grassroots Groups to Inspire Change Initiative

By National Urban League
Published 02 PM EST, Mon Jan 27, 2020

The NFL is awarding new grants to six social justice organizations as part of its “ Inspire Change “ initiative that emphasizes education and economic development, community and police relations, and criminal justice reform.

The new grants, along with two grant renewals, were recently approved by the joint NFL players-owners working group and total nearly $3 million.

Since its launch a year ago, the league’s social justice platform has awarded more than $25 million in grants for grassroots organizations, including more than 500 grants to current and former players for nonprofits across the country.

It’s part of a more than $90 million commitment the league has made to reducing barriers to social justice.

In addition to grant renewals for Dream Corps and the United Negro College Fund, which received grants during the initiative’s launch last year, the six new organizations brings to 18 the number of social justice groups to receive the NFL grants.

— The National Urban League, which will use the funding to support its Urban Apprenticeship Jobs Program, Urban Youth Empowerment Program and Re-Entry Jobs Program.

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