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Pan African Community Endowment Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Programs to Assist African-
American Communities in Health, Education, and Justice

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and Saint Paul Foundation - Pan African Community Endowment (PACE)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/16/17 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grant of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations serving African-American communities for projects and programs that reduce racial disparity in the areas of health, education, social justice, and the justice system. Collaborations between one or more projects or organizations are encouraged. Organizations and/or programs/projects which are led by members of the Pan African Community will receive priority.

Projects and programs may be new or ongoing. Of the $64,900 available for distribution, PACE intends to give $18,000 for projects or programs that directly impact the East Metro area (Ramsey, Dakota and/or Washington Counties).

Focus Area Details:

1. Health
PACE is interested in projects that work with the Pan African community and other communities of color on eliminating health disparities and providing health education, health promotion or food access/justice activities to communities affected by health disparities. Preference will be given to organizations serving the elderly, women’s health and mental health.

2. Justice System
PACE seeks to fund projects that reduce the disproportionate rate of incarceration of Pan African community members in Minnesota through strategies such as interrupting the cradle-to-prison pipeline, public education, projects specifically serving girls, policy change and advocacy, transportation, re-entry support, diversion and detention alternatives.

3. Education
PACE seeks proposals on creating systems to better serve youth and closing the achievement or opportunity gap among Pan African Americans by increasing educational attainment or graduation rates. Priority will be given to programs that work with African-American high school and middle school students.

4. Social Justice
PACE is seeking proposals that focus on immigration and refugee work that emphasizes policy advocacy, justice and education. Organizations with projects involving the independent media and press are also highly encouraged to apply.

The advisory committee volunteers will use the following criteria to guide their recommendations:

1) Alignment with the three priority funding areas described in the grant guidelines
2) The strength and feasibility of the proposed project/program work plan
3) The impact the program will have on program participants and/or the community

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145412

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Requested grant terms should start no earlier than November 1, 2017. The proposed project or program must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The applicant organization must serve members of the Pan African Community in Minnesota.
- Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service, or the organization must use a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in good standing with the IRS. See the Fiscal Agent Agreement form for more information on fiscal agent requirements.
- The applicant organization must have annual operating expenses of $10 million or less.
- Projects must address the unique needs and strengths of members of the Pan African community.
- In addition, the program or project must address one or more of the priority funding areas described above.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 26 from 10:30-11:30 AM.

Register by clicking the link in Contact Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submission of your application is August 16, 2017. Your application must be received by midnight on the deadline date.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Foundation staff prior to submitting a proposal.

PACE prefers that applications be submitted using the Submittable Online Portal. If you are unable to submit your grant online, please contact Takara Henegar no later than August 8, 2017 to make alternative arrangements.

Applicants may only submit a grant request for one project/program/initiative. The only exceptions are organizations serving as fiscal agents for another organization or collaborations. An organization may submit one application on its own and one as a fiscal agent.

Notification is expected to occur in November 2017.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for the informational webinar here:

Call 866-740-1260 and use access code: 5247768 to dial in for the webinar.

Register and apply for a grant online:

For more information, contact staff liaison, Takara Henegar at 651.325.4211 or via email at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota