Fall Applications Are Live
Fall 2022 Reconciliation Fund applications are OPEN and due by November 25 at 11:59 PM EST. The spring 2023 application timeline will be announced in January 2023.
About the Reconciliation Fund
The Reconciliation Fund awards $400,000 annually to community-based projects that aim to have an impact on Descendant communities whose ancestors were once enslaved on the Maryland Jesuit plantations.
The Reconciliation Fund is inspired by a 2019 undergraduate student referendum that called on the university to provide resources to Descendant communities as a response to Georgetown’s involvement in the enslavement of people of African descent. This project is now part of Georgetown’s ongoing work to reckon with its historical role in slavery and the financial benefits that Georgetown received through the forced labor and sale of enslaved people.
Grants will be awarded twice per year, through an application process that will be held in the fall and in the spring, for projects that demonstrate they will positively impact Descendant communities. The process to plan for the Reconciliation Fund, while initially delayed by the pandemic, began in spring and summer 2022, with the formation of a Student Awards Committee and Descendant Advisory Committee.
Applications that are submitted for the fund will be reviewed by the members of the Student Awards Committee and Descendant Advisory Committee who will make recommendations to the university. A University Review Board, composed of university officials, will be responsible for the final decisions and distribution of funds.
Over 500 Georgetown alumni have provided financial support for the Reconciliation Fund to support this year’s $400,000 commitment. The university has committed $400,000 per year and will continue to engage members of the community who seek to provide support to the fund.Back to Top
About the Application Process
There will be two application cycles per year: one application will launch in the fall and one application will launch in the spring.
The Fall 2022 Application is OPEN. Applications are due by 11:59 pm (EST) on November 25. The Fall 2022 Reconciliation Fund recipients will be announced in December.
You may access the application from the application web page.
Dates for the Spring 2023 application will be announced in January.
Applications are open to both organizations and individuals leading community projects. Applications will be prioritized based on how they demonstrate an impact on Descendant communities connected to Jesuit slaveholding in the U.S., particularly the families who were once enslaved on plantations in Maryland and sold in 1838 to plantation owners in Louisiana. Projects must be community-based: their impact cannot be limited to an individual or to a restricted group and must demonstrate a broader impact on the community.
Community-based projects can take a variety of forms and cover a wide range of areas including health and legal clinics, environmental justice projects, after school and pre-college programs, projects focused on local history and memorialization and more.Back to Top
About the Committees
The Reconciliation Fund is supported by three committees: a Student Awards Committee; a Descendant Advisory Committee; and a University Review Board.
The Student Awards Committee began meeting in March 2022 to develop the fund’s application process. Students were identified by working with the GU272 Advocacy Team leadership, a group of students that formed to advocate for the 2019 Student Referendum, and with student government organizations at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
A Descendant Advisory Committee was formed in summer 2022 and has been meeting and providing feedback on the Fund’s development and progress. A diverse group of Descendants were identified by Georgetown and asked to serve as advisors.
The Student Awards Committee is responsible for reviewing applications to the fund and, working with the Descendant Advisory Committee, will make recommendations about selected projects.
After the conclusion of the fall 2022–spring 2023 funding cycle, both committees will work to welcome new members to ensure broad and diverse perspectives can continue to be represented in these leadership groups.
A University Review Board, composed of university administrators, receives recommendations about award recipients and is responsible for reviewing recommendations and distributing grants to the selected projects.Back to Top