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home : community : community Saturday, November 18, 2017

10/17/2017 2:05:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Solidarity MN Announces Second Round Of Funding

By Alberto Monserrate

Building on a successful first round of funding which distributed $200,000 to 80 grantees, Solidarity MN is proud to announce a new round of funding for organizations, leaders, and projects strengthening immigrant and refugee communities across Minnesota.



There is much urgency for this support. This week's announcement of a renewed travel ban and the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program earlier this month, coupled with other policy changes and anti-immigrant/refugee rhetoric has brought a heightened level of anxiety to these members of our community. Speaking and acting with a unified philanthropic voice, Solidarity MN will invest in the strength and resiliency of immigrants and refugees across the state.

Solidarity MN seeks avenues to advocate for the prosperity, safety, and inclusion of our immigrant and refugee neighbors, friends, and family. To help ensure that our core objectives are rooted in the wisdom and voice of communities most impacted, our work is centered on community engagement. We aspire to meet the urgency in community with a timely, efficient, and accessible process.



We are offering two tiers of investment and invite applications of up to $25,000, or up to $75,000. Competitive applications for grants of up to $75,000 will showcase how the proposed work is larger in scale, statewide, or collaborative.

First Round Funding

A first round of funding totaling $200,000 provided 80 grants for individuals, community groups, and nonprofits serving Minnesota's refugee and immigrant communities. These efforts included:

• Somali American Community Radio will use the grant to help communicate to East African immigrant and refugee audiences important information on health, education and immigration issues.



• Navigate MN will build its rapid response, family protection/deportation resources, civic engagement, leadership development, and storytelling capabilities.



• Sewa-Aifw (Asian Indian Family Wellness) will promote their mental health services for immigrants and refugees with funds provided by a Solidarity MN microgrant.



• A Solidarity MN grant provided to Volunteer Lawyers Network, Ltd. will fund expanded legal services to families affected by family separation due to changing immigration policies.

About Solidarity MN

Solidarity MN is a coalition of Minnesota foundations aligned in commitment to immigrant and refugee communities, motivated by the core principles that strengthen the fabric of our society, and compelled to uphold values of inclusion, equity, and democracy. We aspire to meet the urgency in community with a timely, efficient, and accessible process.

Within 90 days of forming this coalition, we distributed $200,000 in 80 grants to work being done across the state - with most of the grantees being either immigrants or refugees, or organizations led by immigrants or refugees. Solidarity MN plans a second round of funding in the fall of 2017.

Join us in solidarity at: www.solidaritymn.org

Solidarity MN is a partner of:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation - Bush Foundation - Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota - F.R. Bigelow Foundation- GHR Foundation - Greater Twin Cities United Way - Headwaters Foundation for Justice - Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies - McKnight Foundation - Minnesota Council on Foundations - Northwest Area Foundation - Pohlad Foundation - The Minneapolis Foundation - The Saint Paul Foundation - United Ways of Greater Minnesota - Women's Foundation of Minnesota




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