Here is a list of our most recent 15 grants.
You can view the most recent reports for each project on the respective project page.
The Mapping Prejudice Project is leading community members in the work of creating a visual, interactive map of racial covenants in Hennepin County. The map is a vehicle for social change. It provides new data for policymakers. And it builds a constituency for policy innovation by inviting citizen-researchers to read historic documents that illuminate the racism of twentieth century housing practices. The team is creating a tool kit based on this work that will help other communities catalyze conversations about structural racism and support transformative policymaking.
Dakota Rural Action (DRA) members and leaders protect the water and environment of South Dakota by fighting the siting of animal factory farms, educating local decision makers about their responsibilities and powers, and inspiring communities with alternatives in sustainable and regenerative agriculture by training new farmers. DRA is also working with the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) to create a culturally appropriate beginning farmer training and support program for the Lakota food and agriculture producers on the Rosebud Reservation.
Illinois People’s Action--leading with environmental justice in climate solutions project--engages in a multi-faceted, regional grassroots campaign on protecting the environment in the transition from dirty energy to renewables, including safe water. Our campaign focuses on building a movement of everyday people, especially People of Color in small urban and rural faith communities, to strategically engage state decision-makers on people and planet-based solutions that not only benefit Illinois but the nation.
DRC, in the heart of Africa, is rich in natural resources but has many problems with mining companies that flaunt human rights and pollute and devastate the environment. The mining industry’s failure to take precautionary measures is the root of much abuse faced by residents. CODED proposes to strengthen the rule of law and protect communities and the environment by empowering community leaders to challenge human rights violations, defend the environment, and save lives.
EVERYTHING IS A CIRCLE (EIAC) is a program dedicated to lifting the veil of secrecy around sexual violence, abuse & trafficking in the Native community. Developed with – & presented by – members of the Native Community to benefit the Native community (i.e. people helping themselves). This community-based program helps people learn ways to protect their children & loved ones from sexual abuse & violence, and assists victims in finding resources for healing. Funding enables Illusion & its community partners to continue touring EISC to Native communities throughout the Twin Cities & MN.
The Trail Guards have a mission of enhancing the lives of youth through outdoor adventure, stewardship, personal challenge, and community service. Funds received will be used to reward our kids for helping to maintain a 12 acres nature park on the out skirts of town in Paynesville, MN. They will be able to particpate in whitewater rafting adventures; canoe trips to the BWCA and Everglades National Park; bicycle trips to Argentina, Norway, and Canada, and many other smaller adventures closer to home. We do this at no cost to the kids or their families.