DETROIT — An initiative promoting racial equity and justice in the Detroit area is boosting its work with a $2.4 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The Detroit Equity Action Lab , part of Wayne State University’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, says the three-year grant supports its second phase. The money will allow it to expand its network, produce research to meet the needs identified by affected communities and develop approaches to eliminating structural racism.

The foundation funded the initiative’s first phase with a $1.5 million grant in 2014.

Since launching, DEAL has created a network of roughly 80 individuals representing 75 organizations working to end structural racism. Areas and issues in which it works include arts and media, community development, law and access to basic needs.