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A Response to Community Need

The American Swedish Institute’s Community Fund is a collective impact fund designed strengthen service-oriented organizations or initiatives that benefit ASI’s neighbors, primarily in Minneapolis’ Phillips West community.

The Community Fund is designed to be nimble and responsive to emerging neighborhood needs in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing. With the Fund, ASI seeks to listen to our neighbors and support them as they build, invigorate and reimagine our shared community.

If you represent, or know of an organization primarily in the Phillips or adjacent neighborhoods of south Minneapolis that meets the following criteria and might benefit from access to the ASI Community Fund support, we encourage you to apply or share this information.

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Fund Amounts and Application Deadlines 

  • Gift amounts will generally range from $500 to $3,000 with deadlines in January and July 2022.
  • The remaining deadline to apply for 2022 will be Sunday, July 31.
  • Applicants are only eligible for funding once in a calendar year.

Focus Areas 

The American Swedish Institute is a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring links to Sweden. Funding priority will be given to projects or organizations working in or across three focus areas that connect deeply to ASI’s organizational history and mission, including: 

  •  Projects or organizations that are immigrant-led and immigrant-serving. 
  •  Projects or organizations that support and uplift cultural keepers and creators. 
  •  Projects or organizations that center on environmental stewardship. 

Criteria  

  • Project or organization connects deeply to one or more of the three focus areas listed above.   
  • Project or organization has a clearly articulated and resonant mission.  
  • Priority will be given to projects or organizations serving primarily Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color residing in Phillips or adjacent neighborhoods.  
  • Priority will be given to projects or organizations addressing immediate needs.   
  • Priority will be given to projects or organizations that demonstrate the impact of a small-scale gift on their work.  
  • Applicant confirms that funds will be used only for charitable purposes and not for lobbying or political activities. 

 

Other Support Available 

In addition to fiscal support via the Community Fund, ASI hopes to support neighborhood and partner organizations or projects by offering free use of the grounds and campus on a case-to-case basis. ASI has several classrooms, conference rooms and larger halls that are well-suited for hosting meetings or public events. We also have an extensive courtyard and parking lot area for outdoor programming or events. If your project or organization is seeking an event or meeting venue, please send inquiries to [email protected].   

ASI also is glad to offer guest passes redeemable for museum admission upon request and discuss possible programmatic partnerships.  

The most recent round of ASI Community Fund recipients includes:

 ASI Community Fund Recipients for Fall 2021: 

  • In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre brings people together for the common good through the power of puppet and mask performance. HOBT strives to build creativity, empathy, interconnection and equity in the Powderhorn and Phillips neighborhoods. Its work is rooted in core values of environmental justice, worker rights, the queer community and BIPOC leadership. In addition to producing the annual May Day celebration, HOBT also offers residencies in schools and faith communities across the state, partners with neighborhood social service organizations to provide programming for under-resourced youth and facilitates artist development programs to support new generations of artist-activists.
  • 826 MSP is an arts education nonprofit that amplifies the voices of historically marginalized youth. Its mission is to empower underserved K-12 students to think creatively, write effectively and succeed academically alongside a community of caring volunteers. It primarily serves BIPOC students and their families as well as students who identify as immigrants, children of immigrants and multilingual/English Language Learning youth.
  • Little Earth Residents Association: Little Earth is 9.4-acre, 212-unit Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized housing complex in Minneapolis’ urban industrial core. It is home to nearly 1,200 residents, 50% of whom are younger than 21. Little Earth was founded in 1973 and remains the only Indigenous-preference, project-based Section 8 rental assistance community in the United States. The Little Earth community prioritizes eliminating systemic barriers through wraparound support services designed to move communities forward as well as address existing conditions.
  • Organic Oneness is a grassroots social justice organization that co-creates with communities to mobilize systemic change, healing and wellness and foregrounding BIPOC residents. Its collaborations in Minneapolis began in the days immediately following the murder of George Floyd with supporting and coordinating a volunteer-led food and supply pantry. The pantry at 37th Street and Chicago Avenue provides food staples, hygiene and baby items for more than 90 families per month. With funding from the ASI Community Fund, Organic Oneness seeks to expand neighborhood youth programming options.
  • The Center for Excellence is an early childhood center and has been designated that provides high-quality care for infants through school-aged children. In addition, they offer low teacher-to-child ratios and small class sizes for optimal growth and development. Each classroom is taught by highly qualified lead teachers who have made early education their passion and career.

Previous recipients include Tamales y Bicicletas, the Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts, the Somali American Women Action Center, Alley Communications, the English Learning Center, Joyce Preschool, the Phillips Community Free Store and Sisters’ Camelot. Earlier initial donations also went to PICA Head Start and Open Arms of Minnesota. 

 

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