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Fund For Safe Communities

Preventing violence, promoting healing

The Fund for Safe Communities was established in 2018 to support tangible, specific, and meaningful actions to address and prevent violence. The inaugural grant round took place in the spring of 2020 under the leadership of an advisory committee made up of emerging leaders who have personal experience with community violence.

How it Works

Through this fund, we distribute grants for direct service programs, communication, advocacy, and organizing led by community-based organizations. We prioritize efforts that are led and influenced by Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and which are grounded in the needs of diverse Minneapolis neighborhoods.

Prevention

This fund aims to prevent community violence.

Systemic Issues

This fund supports organizations and efforts focused on addressing systemic inequities and reforming the criminal justice system.

Outreach

This fund supports efforts to heal individuals and communities affected by horrific tragedies, including the killing of George Floyd.

The Latest

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Micro Grants Support Community Efforts to Promote Healing, Connection

Fund for Safe Communities grants will support local organizations that are hosting gatherings and activities for Minneapolis youth and adults.

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Safe Communities Grant Supports New Conviction Review Unit

The grant will enable the Conviction Review Unit to hire a paralegal, pay for services such as forensic testing and translation, and cover other expenses.

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Micro Grants Support Community Gatherings, Healing Spaces

The final round of micro grants has been awarded to local groups that have been working to address community trauma and create healing spaces in the weeks leading up to the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.

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Testimonials

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“I feel it’s important to invest in communities directly, and that is exactly what this committee does. All of the members have a vested interest in watching Minneapolis become a safer version of itself.”
–Meti Regassa
Advisory Committee Member
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“I joined the committee to provide my perspective, which stems from my own lived experiences of community  violence. The fund has given me an opportunity to give back to the community in a way I haven’t done before.”
–Malik Rucker
Advisory Committee Member

Advisory Committee

Inspired in part by the leadership shown by students who were affected by the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the Fund for Safe Communities emphasizes the importance of work led by emerging leaders. The Fund is advised by a committee of young adults who, in a variety of ways, have been personally affected by gun violence in Minneapolis.

Kaylin McLeod
Shakia McDavid
Meti Regassa
Keegan Rolenc
Nina Robertson
Malik Rucker
Neasha Simone
Brandon Williams