We are very excited to share the selected grantees with you for the second Pushing Against Racism Fund! It was incredibly inspiring to learn about all the great initiatives around the world using skateboarding to promote diversity and boost inclusivity, and we can't wait to see how their projects develop!
This year, we received 88 applications across the six continents, of which 40 proposals were shortlisted by the Pushing Against Racism Working Group and passed on to our panel of expert Jury Members. The projects were assessed on the diversity they display in their leadership teams, within the communities they serve, as well as the social value of the proposed initiative.
We have now selected 12 initiatives from 12 different countries to receive a total of $15,000 in grants. These projects submitted outstanding proposals which aim to improve the physical and mental well-being of disenfranchised communities, promote greater racial equity within skateboarding, and provide access to skateboarding in underserved communities.
The various projects will be carried out between now and April 2024, so check out the successful projects below and give them a follow to stay up-to-date with the amazing things they're doing!
The selected projects for the Continent Grants:
- Africa - Surf Ghana
- Asia - Kovalam Skateclub, India
- Europe - Free Movement Skateboarding, Athens
- North America - U Can Skate*, Mexico
- Oceania - Timor Skate Inc, East Timor
- South America - Love CT Inclusão e Resgate, Brasil
The selected projects for the Community Grants:
About the Fund:
The Pushing Against Racism Fund was created by the Pushing Against Racism Working Group, as a direct action to promote an anti-racist culture in the skateboarding community worldwide. The Goodpush Alliance is thrilled to be coordinating the first Fund which financially supports greater diversity and inclusivity within skateboarding.
Note on the selection process: All eligible applications were reviewed by two members of the Pushing Against Racism working group, before a shortlist was sent to an expert jury for final selection. To avoid conflict of interest, any applicant projects/organizations with members on the Pushing Against Racism working group were assessed independently by two other working group members, and if shortlisted, assessed by two expert jury members for the final selection.
We are deeply grateful to The Skatepark Project for their unwavering support as the sole funder of the Pushing Against Racism Fund for the second year in a row.
*Via Fundación Mozcalti
**Via Comite Cantonal de Deportes