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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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ASI’s Community Fund program offers small to mid-sized grants intended to respond to emerging neighborhood needs. The Fund provides short-term stimulus to projects that nurture diverse, vibrant relationships and promote collective well-being. Granting amounts will range from $1,000 to $3,000 annually.


What the Community Fund supports:

Funding priority will be given to projects or organizations across three areas of focus that connect deeply to ASI’s organizational history and mission:

  • 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.

Priority also will be given to projects or organizations serving primarily Black, Indigenous and/or POC residents in the Phillips neighborhood. Funds must be used only for charitable purposes and not for lobbying or political activities.


2021 application deadlines:

  • March 31
  • June 30
  • September 30
  • December 31

A portion (25%) of the fund is dedicated to immediate crisis needs in the community.


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