Freedom & Equality Grant

The Freedom and Equality Grant has been established by the James Farmer Multicultural Center to continue the legacy and work of Dr. James Farmer, Jr.  Dr. Farmer earned national prominence as one of the foremost leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. His major accomplishments and contributions to the movement and the advancement of our society established him as one of the “Big Six” of the Civil Rights Movement. He spent his life fighting to obtain access, justice, equality, and freedom for marginalized and underrepresented communities.

This grant will enable University of Mary Washington student clubs and organizations to continue the tenets of Dr. Farmer and other civil rights activists by implementing events and programs that are centered on increasing awareness of social justice and equity issues, as well as striving to empower individuals to become agents of change.  As Dr. Farmer once said, “Words are not enough. There must be action!”

This grant will provide funding support to the sponsoring group to help achieve these goals and objectives for the campus community. The requestor will have to demonstrate successful completion of the program or activity. Any UMW student club or organization is encouraged to apply using the attached form.  If you have any questions regarding the grant or application form, please contact the JFMC at 540-654-1044 or

Freedom and Equality Grant Proposal Form

The Freedom and Equality Education grant program is initially made possible by donors who participated in the Women’s Lacrosse/Black Student Association/Women of Color Run4Justice Virtual 5k fundraiser in the summer of 2020. These groups were inspired by the Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements to make a difference in the UMW community.