The West Bank Community Fund at The Minneapolis Foundation awarded $25,000 in grants that will support efforts to help build a stronger community and improve quality of life in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Seven non-profit organizations will receive a grant between $2,500 and $5,000 for initiatives that improve communication among Cedar Riverside neighborhood residents, celebrate cultural diversity and develop social connections, and encourage residents to participate in projects that benefit the community.
The organizations receiving grants are:
- African Community Senior Services awarded $3,500 to conduct in-home assessments and assist in eligibility for supportive programs and public services.
- Augsburg University awarded $3,500 to support West Bank youth in civic engagement and youth leadership at the Sisterhood Boutique.
- Children’s Theater Company and School awarded $3,500 to capture the voice of West Bank youth in a new Neighborhood Bridges curriculum.
- KFAI Radio/Fresh Air Inc. awarded $2,500 to continue programming that reflects the diverse cultures and languages of the neighborhood.
- Korean Service Center awarded $3,500 to support and maintain a community garden for immigrant families in the neighborhood.
- Minnesota Education Equity Partnership awarded $5,000 to engage Somali students, families, and elders in a community-driven advocacy plan that will support Somali student achievement.
- Mixed Blood Theatre Company awarded $3,500 to support the Mixed Blood Youth Council.
The West Bank Community Fund at The Minneapolis Foundation was established in 1991 by the Cedar Riverside Project Area Committee (which has since changed its name to the West Bank Community Coalition) with proceeds from the sale of the Riverside Plaza Partnership. The first grants from the fund were awarded in 1993. Over the past 25 years, it has awarded nearly $300,000 to dozens of nonprofit organizations.
The Minneapolis Foundation administers the West Bank Community Fund and works with the community to ensure its resources are invested in the most socially responsible way reasonably available. A Community Advisory Committee, made up of people representing the diverse interests of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, reviews proposals and directs grants to those it believes will have the biggest impact in the community.
For more information about the West Bank Community Fund at The Minneapolis Foundation, contact Jo-Anne Stately by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 612-672-3831.