Introducing the American Swedish Institute’s Community Fund. . .
The American Swedish Institute’s Community Fund is a collective impact fund designed to be nimble and responsive to emerging neighborhood needs in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing. The aim is to strengthen service-oriented organizations or initiatives that benefit ASI’s neighbors, primarily in Minneapolis’ Phillips community. Small to mid-sized grants will offer short-term stimulus to projects that nurture diverse, vibrant relationships and promote collective well-being. Through the actions of the Fund, ASI seeks to support neighbors as they build, invigorate and reimagine our shared community.
On May 6, 2021 the American Swedish Institute announced the first awards made through its new ASI Community Fund, offering short-term aid to service-oriented organizations located primarily in the Phillips and adjacent Minneapolis neighborhoods. Groups receiving funding in amounts between $1,000 and $2,000 are Tamales y Bicicletas, the Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts and the Somali American Women Action Center.
In addition, ASI is partnering with Sisters’ Camelot to host a monthly series of food share distribution events at its parking lot at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis. Earlier initial donations also went to PICA Head Start and Open Arms of Minnesota.
If you represent, or know of an organization located 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.
ASI will follow up with answers to any applications questions as needed.
- 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.
- Priority also will be given to projects or organizations serving primarily Black, Indigenous and/or POC residents in the Phillips neighborhood.
- Granting amounts will range from $1,000 to $3,000, with quarterly deadlines to apply.
- Deadlines to apply for 2021 are June 30, September 30 and December 31.
- 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 granting 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 in need of an event or meeting venue, please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASI also is glad to offer guest passes redeemable for museum admission upon request.
Contributing to the Community Fund
If you would like to donate to the ASI Community Fund, please do so by visiting our Support page.