St. Paul Foundation grants will foster leadership in communities of color

Thirty-one nonprofits serving local communites of color have received $215,000 from the St. Paul Foundation’s diversity funds.

Several of the grants will help develop new generations of leadership, the foundation said, including African-American youth in North Minneapolis, Latino immigrant families in southern Minnesota, and emerging Asian-American Pacific Islander artists in the Twin Cities.

Ann Mulholland, vice president of Community Impact for The St. Paul Foundation said: “Leadership development ensures that communities of color take an active, central role in positively impacting our community, and we want to increase their capacity to do that.”

Among the grants:

  • $4,000 for the Community Artist Leadership Initiative to train 30 Asian-American Pacific Islander artists to get financial support for their work and increase networking in the arts community.
  • $15,000 to Centro Campesino por los Cambios Hacia Adelante will receive $15,000 to train emerging civic leaders to increase engagement, become spokespeople for their communities and organize for social justice.
  • $10,000 to Hope United Community Development Corporation for its African-American Male Alliance mentoring program serving African-American youth in North Minneapolis to help navigate their future through increased civic engagement. 

A full list of the 31 grants is here (PDF).

The foundation’s diversity funds include Asian Pacific EndowmentEl Fondo de Nuestra ComunidadPan African Community Endowment and Two Feathers Endowment.

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