Youth Healing Hate Grants

The 2023 application is open! Applications are due May 15th. Please complete the Google form to submit your application: Youth Healing Hate Grant Application (2022 – 2023) (google.com)


“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming of it.” -Helen Keller

The Youth Healing Hate project initially drew from two sources for inspiration. First is Howard Thurman’s book Jesus and the Disinherited, a book that Dr. King carried with him for years. In this book, Thurman, an African-American faith leader who mentored Dr. King and countless other leaders, warns people of the danger to any society where hatred has become respectable, and of the need for people to actively understand and reduce hate.

A second source of inspiration is the founding story of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, whose lands are where the Gandhi Institute and the recipients of these grants live. It is a remarkable example of the enduring power of transforming hate. We hope that everyone involved in these projects will become healers, peacemakers, and warriors for justice.

In 2016 the United States experienced a rise in hate crimes that has now continued into consecutive years. Local communities have been targeted because of their religion, sexuality, and ethnicity. In response to these recent events, the Gandhi Institute (in partnership with the Farash Foundation) created Youth Healing Hate grants, to empower youth to address the root causes of hate and incivility. 

Through this grant, local youth ages 12-24 can receive up to $1,000 for projects that provide a creative solution to fear, hostility, and division within their community.

 Youth Healing Hate Grant Application (2022 – 2023) (google.com)



The 2021-2022 youth leaders and their projects:

 Minorities Unite, Makayla Holliman

The Connection Perspective, Jorge Jimenez

Art Against Hate, Matteah Boots-Cullote

We Got This, Isaiah Santiago

Positivity and Integrity Tree, Cameron Teens

Student Open Mic, Ariana Rodriguez and School 17

Peace and Unity Mural, Natalie Reagan and Nativity Prep

View projects from the last few years here.