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Vote for the DLC to Get a Grant from PB Durham!

The Durham Literacy Center has been selected as a finalist for a grant from the Durham Participatory Budgeting Program! Vote for us to receive this grant at, now-June 6th.

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, in which ordinary people decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. Participatory budgeting allows residents to identify, discuss, and prioritize public spending projects, and gives them the power to make real decisions about how money is spent.

This year, PB Durham has formed a grant fund program that will support local efforts to strengthen the community's social and economic fabric by offering COVID-19 relief assistance to communities in Durham. Durham City Council approved $1 million for Durham connected nonprofit and community organizations who are directly serving those residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing issues contributing to racial, economic, and social injustices in Durham.

Each Durham-connected non-profit and/or community organization are eligible to receive up to $50,000 of grant funding to help respond to communities impacted by COVID-19 and any underlying issues impacted underserved communities in Durham. The grants should be used to provide services or programming in communities that are most adversely impacted.

Durham residents identified three Grant Fund Focus Areas: Community Building + Economic Opportunities; Health and Human Services; and Children, Youth and Family Wellness. You can vote for multiple organizations in each category. The DLC's proposal is under the "Community Building + Economic Opportunities" category and would fund a College & Career Counseling position to ensure that our students are on the path to long-term success after they leave our programs.

Visit to vote now!


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