The Texans and business partners are launching a $400,000 grant to support social justice and racial equity initiatives in Houston.
The grant, in partnership withConocoPhillips, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages and Miller Lite, awards the money to nonprofit organizations and educational programs. The deadline to apply isOct. 1, 20221 and applications are atwww.HoustonTexans.com/InspireChangeGrant.
We remain committed to supporting organizations in Houston that make a positive impact on youth in our community,” Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair said. “It takes all of us to inspire change, and this grant program will afford the opportunity to further enhance important social justice and racial equity initiatives.”
An advisor committee will focus on education, criminal justice reform, relational policing, poverty, racial equity, workforce and economic development, employment, anti-bias and anti-racism and diversity training for youth, homelessness and support for mental health and children with incarcerated parents
The NFL introduced the Inspire Change initiative in 2019 to create a positive impact in local communities and support programs that reduce barriers to opportunity. During the inaugural year of the program, the Houston Texans Social Justice Fund awarded $100,000 in grants to three nonprofits in the greater Houston area which support youth and provide legal services for underprivileged citizens – the YMCA of Greater Houston, 8 Million Stories and Restoring Justice.
The grant program was renewed in 2020 and the Texans awarded an additional $100,000. Texas Civil Rights Project also received funds in 2020 to aid its efforts.
Janice McNair made a $1 million donation to the Houston Rent Relief program. The Texans, including Cal McNair, and his wife, and vice president of the Texans' foundation, Hannah McNair, are working with the Houston Police Department's Greater Houston Police Activity League, among others.
Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 years and has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128