El Fondo de Nuestra Comunidad

El Fondo de Nuestra Comunidad

El Fondo de Nuestra Comunidad, an affiliate of The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations, is currently seeking proposals for projects, initiatives or programs providing immigration-related legal services, outreach around legal services or programs that help people on the pathway to citizenship, civic engagement, increasing access to culturally sensitive mental health services and organizing to ensure a robust response to the 2020 census.

Application deadline is August 14, 2018


Learn more about El Fondo, this grant opportunity and how to apply.

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  • The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service or use a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status which is in good standing with the IRS. See the Fiscal Agent Agreement 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.
  • Requested grant terms should start no earlier than November 1, 2018. The proposed project or program must be completed by December 31, 2019.

The proposal 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 society, which may include PTOs/PTAs, education advisory councils, and/or other civic engagement opportunities.
  • Increasing knowledge of and access to mental health services; paying particular attention to those mental health practices that provide culturally sensitive services for the Latino community.
  • Organizing outreach, awareness and advocacy around the Latino community’s participation in the 2020 census.

In addition to the funding priorities listed above, El Fondo will give priority to efforts that are led by the Latino community, which includes staff, board, and advisory groups. Collaborative efforts and efforts focused on serving greater Minnesota are also encouraged.

Takara Henegar, Associate Program Officer