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the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation were able to award over $9 million to Minnesota nonprofits during our first round of grantmaking in 2023.

Grants will support community organizations as they work to launch, expand and sustain their services in the community in areas such as human services, work development and leadership growth.

“We are lucky to have the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations throughout Minnesota that are strongly committed to addressing some of the challenging issues primarily facing our communities of color,” said Director of Community Impact Tiffany Kong. “It’s been our honor to support community-led organizations that advocate for equity for all Minnesotans.”

The following organizations are among those that received Foundation funding:

Care Clinic was awarded $50,000 by Mardag Foundation to provide access to affordable and linguistically/culturally competent free medical, mental health, legal, social services, and affordable dental care in Red Wing. The clinic provides care to a little over 2,000 Latinx individuals who reside in Goodhue County.

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center (HQB) was awarded $70,000 in total by the Foundation, Mardag Foundation and F. R. Bigelow to support youth and seniors in the historic Summit-University area. HQB strives to improve the quality of life in our community by providing access to critical human services, fostering and promoting personal growth, and developing community leadership.

It’s Our Neighborhood was awarded $10,000 by the Foundation to support its continuing efforts to provide employment, mentoring relationships, and recreational and academic opportunities. Its goal is to help young Black youth from low-income families discover their gifts and talents by building relationships, mentoring, and providing them strong role models that they might otherwise not have.

Faith City Church was awarded $40,000 by the Foundation and F. R. Bigelow Foundation to support its Social Kitchen program, which trains youth from 16-34 with transferable and basic food industry skills. The focus of the program is to increase knowledge, skills and incomes through culinary education, work opportunities, and employment. The organization also provides access to mutual aid for mothers with formula and diapers, a drop in center for sexually exploited girls and affordable accessible groceries.

Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community was awarded $25,000 by the Foundation to ensure effective access to communication, education, and resources for individuals who are Deaf, Deaf Plus, and hard of hearing which will lead to overall self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. This organization provides relief to Deaf, Deaf Plus and hard of hearing individuals who are underprivileged and underserved and to defend the rights of those individuals as secured by law.

BLCK Press was awarded $60,000 by the Foundation and F. R. Bigelow Foundation to support the organization’s goals to build a groundswell of BIPOC reporters to transform the racial narrative in local media by reporting on stories that may be ignored by major news outlets. BLCK Press strives to add equity nuance that may be missing in mainstream coverage, and works to dissolve historically ingrained Euro-centric approaches and interpretation of today's news coverage.

FilmNorth was awarded $300,000 to be dispersed over two years by the Foundation and F. R. Bigelow Foundation to grow their services and continuous support to film artists. Its mission is to empower artists to tell their stories, launch and sustain successful careers, and advance FilmNorth as a leader in the national network of independent filmmakers.

African Economic Development Solutions was awarded $60,000 by the Foundation and F. R. Bigelow Foundation to continue supporting African immigrant communities across Minnesota through entrepreneurial support, homeownership education, financial capability education/counseling, arts & culture initiatives, community building & leadership development, and policy advocacy.

East Side Neighborhood Development Company was awarded $60,000 by the Foundation and F. R. Bigelow Foundation to sustain the organization’s operations and economic development work, which is helping to put money directly into the hands of BIPOC business owners who are struggling through the economic decline triggered by the pandemic.

Watch this video from our Community Impact team to hear our Grants team highlight the incredible work of some of these community partners as well as others.

More about Our Grantmaking

Grant applications for the 2023 Building Community Capacity Grant Round, Round 2, will be accepted July 19, 2023 - August 9, 2023, at 3 p.m. To learn more, view our grant guidelines.

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