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El Fondo de Nuestra Comunidad 2017 Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Initiatives in Immigration Policy
and Services and Civic Engagement for Latino Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and Saint Paul Foundation - El Fondo de Nuestra Comunidad

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/16/17 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants to Minnesota non-profit grassroots organizations for projects, programs, and initiatives that provide immigration-related services and/or promote civic engagement for the Latino community. Specifically, eligible programs are those that provide outreach around legal services, immigration-related legal services, programs that help people in the process of acquiring citizenship, or civic engagement opportunities.

In 2017, a total of $57,000 is available, of which $18,000 must directly impact the East Metro area (Ramsey, Dakota and/or Washington Counties). El Fondo may make one grant for $57,000 or may elect to make multiple smaller grants.

Proposals must fit into at least one of the following priority funding areas:

- Create pathways to citizenship for the Latino community, which may include, but are not limited to legal services, outreach, advocacy and education responding to current immigration policies and ICE response.
- Civic engagement training and/or leadership strategies to encourage participation of Latinos in education, which may include PTOs/PTAs, education advisory councils, etc.
In addition to the funding priorities listed above, El Fondo will give priority to efforts that are Latino-led. Collaborative efforts are also encouraged.

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

1) Alignment with the priorities of the committee.
2) The strength and feasibility of the proposed project/program work plan.
3) The impact the program will have on program participants or the community.
4) Whether the program is Latino-led or focused.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145492

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

One or multiple

Estimated Size of Grant:

El Fondo may make one grant for $57,000 or may elect to make multiple smaller grants.

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:

In order to be eligible to apply:
-The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service or use a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) non-profit status which is in good standing with the IRS. See the Fiscal Agent Form for more information on fiscal agent requirements.
-The organization or the project for which the organization is applying must serve individuals and families from Minnesota.

El Fondo will not fund:

- Political campaigns or candidates
- Individuals
- For-profit organizations
- Direct religious activities

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 3:30-4:30 PM. See the link and passcode in Contact Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit an online application is August 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

If you are unable to submit your grant online, please contact Takara Henegar no later than August 8, 2017 to make alternative arrangements.

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.

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

Register and apply for a grant online:

For questions, contact:
Takara Henegar

El Fondo de Nuestra Comunidad
Minnesota Philanthropy Partners
101 Fifth Street East, #2400
Saint Paul, MN 55101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota