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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.

Fund Amounts and Application Deadlines 

APPLICATION

  • Gift amounts will generally range from $500 to $3,000 with quarterly deadlines to apply in 2021. Awards will be made on a bi-annual basis effective 2022.  
  • Upcoming deadlines to apply for 2021 are  September 30 and December 31.

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.  

Previous ASI Community Fun recipients include:

 ASI Community Fund Recipients for Summer 2021: 

  • Alley Communications: The Alley newspaper remains committed to maintaining its original free print format to increase access while innovating to serve the Phillips community and beyond by launching an editorial leadership committee and adding key volunteer and paid positions. ASI will support goals that include working with students to report community news, developing an advertising/sponsorship strategy to promote BIPOC businesses and organizations, providing public information about COVID-19 resources, updating Josie Adkin’s The Phillips Wayfinder and working with Friends of the Cemetery to publish Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery.  
  •  English Learning CenterThis program from Our Saviour’s Community Services on Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis will use ASI funds to support their free in-person and online courses, which include introductory English (six levels), literacy for elders, conversation, literature, math and preparation for the U.S. citizenship exam.  
  •  Joyce Preschool: With ASI support, Joyce Preschool will provide scholarships for tuition and food emergency assistance to low-income Latinx students from the Phillips neighborhood. Funding will help  provide access to quality education for kids whose families may face poverty, language barriers and employment concerns, which make it difficult to set young children up for success. 
  •  Phillips Community Free Store: This volunteer and collectively run group was recently founded to provide  food, hygiene supplies, diapers and other household goods to community members mostly in the Phillips neighborhood. ASI support will help this mutual aid project with distribution and to further enable home deliveries. 
  • Sisters’ Camelot supplies community kitchens in south Minneapolis that are cooking for unhoused encampments, Indigenous elders, local food shelves such as the Waite House and cultural organizations such as the Chippewa Tribal Office and the American Indian Center, all in the Phillips neighborhood. They also serve free and healthy food from a vintage bus that has been converted to a licensed commercial kitchen and offer grocery food shares to individuals, with selected distribution dates at ASI. 

Tamales y Bicicletas, the Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts and the Somali American Women Action Center.  Earlier initial donations also went to PICA Head Start and Open Arms of Minnesota. 

 

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