West Bank Community Fund Awards $26,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

The West Bank Community Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation has awarded $26,000 in grants to seven nonprofits that serve residents living in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Projects supported by the fund this year recognize the diverse cultures of West Bank residents, improve social connections across cultures and generations, and encourage residents to engage in community-based and policy issues that matter to them.

This year’s grant recipients include:

  • African Development Center
    $3,500 to support African immigrant and refugee community conversations
  • African Immigrants Community Services
    $3,500 to for the East African Youth Employment Program
  • Brian Coyle Center
    $5,000 for Changing Lives with Soccer, a partnership between the Center and the Somali American Police Association
  • Augsburg College – Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship
    $3,500 to support Common Table, which connects student voices for education and engagement
  • Islamic Civic Society of America
    $3,500 to help build a system of community understanding and support for youth to enter career pathways
  • Korean Services Center
    $3,500 to support work with homebound elders
  • Shanta Link
    $3,500 to mentor youth in preparation for college

The West Bank Community Fund was established at the Minneapolis Foundation in 1991 with a portion of the developer’s fee in the Riverside Plaza Partnership. Grants from the fund support charitable purposes and projects that improve the quality of life for residents in the neighborhood bounded by Interstate 94, Interstate 35W, and the Mississippi River.