The Salt House Reparations Fund

The Salt House Reparations Fund is allocated for distribution of funds specifically for Washington State residents who are of African descent. Distribution is on a scheduled basis and overseen by a board of directors. Salt House allocates 1% of our benevolence to for this fund. Giving directly to this fund earmarks your donation specifically for reparations for BIPOC individuals.
The Salt House Reparations Fund is focused on granting moneys to Black individuals, families, and businesses for the promotion of generational wealth, education, occupational development, and community health. The establishment of this fund is based on the conviction that:
  • the white American church has always been complicit in the evils of racism
  • reconciliation requires both repentance and repair
  • our Baptismal vow commands us to, “…respect the dignity of every human being,”
  • we recognize our Black and Brown siblings as the very image of God on earth,
  • and the Church cannot wait for government to act justly.

Grants are given for:
  • Majority Black-owned business
  • Education grants to Black students
  • Black home ownership
  • Development of occupational skills 
  • And healthcare initiatives that directly benefit the Black community

In addition, anyone can nominate a Black individual, to recognize outstanding contribution local Black communities and activism.

Anyone of Black heritage who lives in Washington State can apply for funding. Only one grant will be given per individual, per year.

The Salt House Reparation Board members are responsible for fund raising and distributing funds. Salt House Church commits an annual amount of $3,000 and encourages it’s members to independently give to the fund. Board reports to the Salt House Council. The Salt House

Reparations Fund Board will consist of: 
  • Minimum of %50 BIPOC members
  • Minimum of %50 Salt House members 

In addition, anyone can nominate a Black individual for the (yet to be named) Award, to recognize outstanding contribution to local Black communities and activism. 

The Biblical prophet Isaiah gave voice to communal trauma and healing.  
The fifty-eighth chapter, paraphrased in our context, is a moral guide to our collaborative work.

We will not hold back our voices!  We confess,

“Slavery is our Nation’s great sin.  
Racism, it’s festering wound.
And the white church,
has bloodied hands.”

The White Church has served its own interests,
And ignored the cries of God’s oppressed children,
for America’s riches have always come
at the expense of Black and Brown bodies.

 What is it that God wants?

To lament the unimaginable loss

      To own up and take responsibility for our part,
To share ‘manna,’ not just basic needs, but wealth and land,
     To confront every adaptation of racism
and dismantle systemic injustice.

These are the things that bring healing to community
and restores the foundations of many generations:

Educational and occupational opportunities,
     Affordable homes and flourishing Black businesses
Police reform and access to healthcare
     Showing honor to those called ‘repairers of the breach’
and ‘restorers of streets to live on.’
This is what delights the Lord
And brings healing to our country.