Community invited to September 23 kickoff meeting for Santa Monica equity plan and grant program

August 31, 2023 10:04 AM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The City of Santa Monica invites community members to help with its citywide equity plan. The plan will include recommendations to improve the well-being of everyone, especially people who have been historically disadvantaged because of their identities. The City invites community members to attend the kickoff event for the plan on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community members can attend the event in person at 1450 Second St., or they can join virtually.

The event will feature an information session for community members and organizations interested in applying for the Community Listening Grant Program. The program provides funding for a Santa Monica community member or organization to host a listening session to collect community feedback, which will help the City develop priorities for the equity plan. The City will accept applications from September 23 through October 23. People and organizations selected by the City to host a listening session will receive $500 to support their meeting activities.

The event will also include a panel discussion featuring people of diverse backgrounds who will speak about the challenges they face because of their identities. They will also discuss why people of different backgrounds must work together to achieve positive outcomes for everyone. The event will also include small group sessions where community members will discuss their identities and unique challenges.

Click here to RSVP. Space is limited to 75 spots at the venue, and the City will provide free lunch for participants who attend in person. Free 90-minute parking is available at Parking Structure 6 and Parking Structure 8. After 90 minutes, parking costs $2 for up to two hours. The City will provide the link to virtual attendees ahead of the event.

Click here to read the July 18 staff report on the City’s equity work.

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Delana Gbenekama
Equity and Communications Program Manager


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