Mellon Foundation Awards CSS, University Partners $5M Grant

Ann Arbor, MI, December 13, 2020 – Today, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced the award of a $5M grant to the Center for Social Solutions (CSS) and University of Michigan partners, including the Center for Poverty Solutions and University Musical Society (UMS), as part of the Foundation’s Just Futures initiative. The project, which will span three years, creates and leverages a national network of college and university-based humanities scholars working in partnerships with community-based organizations to develop research-informed reparation plans for each location. The network will consist of nine geographically dispersed and organizationally different colleges and universities and involve community fellows as well as local organizations in a collaborative public history reckoning designed to offer tangible suggestions for community-based racial reparations solutions.