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Solidarity MN: Strength & Resilience of Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Minnesota

Solidarity MN Strength & Resilience of Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Minnesota grant opportunity closed on October 10, 2017. We are no longer accepting proposals.

Solidarity MN is a coalition of Minnesota foundations aligned in commitment to immigrant and refugee communities, motivated by the core principles that strengthen the fabric of our society, and compelled to uphold values of inclusion, equity and democracy.

Our approach: Solidarity MN seeks avenues to advocate for the prosperity, safety and inclusion of our immigrant and refugee neighbors, friends and family. To help ensure that our core objectives are rooted in the wisdom and voice of communities most impacted, our work is centered on community engagement. We aspire to meet the urgency in community with a timely, efficient, and accessible process.

Our commitment: Solidarity MN will invest in the strength and resilience of community leaders working around the clock to meet the unique needs of immigrant and refugee families. *Please note, Solidarity MN grants are in addition to, not in place of, individual funder investments supporting immigrants and refugees in Minnesota.*

Our history: In June and July of 2017, Solidarity MN invested a total of $200,000 in 80 organizations, leaders and projects strengthening immigrant and refugee communities across Minnesota. These $2,500 Microgrants grounded the coalition in key community issues and priorities, informing our approach for this larger RFP.

Our future: In February of 2018, Solidarity MN will invest resources in organizations, leaders and projects strengthening immigrant and refugee communities across Minnesota. At this time, Solidarity MN does not anticipate any future funding in 2018, but we will reassess and communicate our financial position in the spring of 2018.

Our website: For more information about Solidarity MN, please visit our coalition website (you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter).

Participating Foundations

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
  • Bush Foundation
  • Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota
  • F.R. Bigelow Foundation
  • GHR Foundation
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Headwaters Foundation for Justice
  • Initiative Foundation
  • Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Minnesota Council on Foundations
  • Northwest Area Foundation
  • Pohlad Foundation
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • The Minneapolis Foundation
  • The Saint Paul Foundation
  • United Ways of Greater Minnesota (11 participating)
  • Women's Foundation of Minnesota

Purpose of the Strength & Resilience Grant Program

Through this Strength & Resilience grant opportunity, Solidarity MN seeks to support organizations, individuals, and coalitions working to address the urgent needs facing Minnesota's immigrant and refugee communities. Specifically, we will invest in organizations, individuals, and coalitions to:

  • Support existing, new, or temporary programs, networks, coalitions, or activities that need to be developed or strengthened in response to the current heightened challenges facing immigrants and refugees; and or/
  • Grow their ability to meet a demand for increased resources or services; and/or
  • Build people power to participate in a pressing advocacy, organizing, or civic engagement matters. 


Eligible Solidarity MN applicants will:

  • Have 501c3 status OR an organization willing to serve a fiscal sponsor. If you are interested in learning more about fiscal sponsorship or are looking to find a fiscal sponsor for your work please contact Danielle Gangelhoff, manager of MAP for Nonprofits fiscal sponsorship program at 651-287-2260 or
  • Propose a use for grant funds which addresses the current urgency and need facing immigrant and refugee communities.

*Please note that all individuals and organizations are eligible for the Strength & Resilience grant opportunity (whether or not the individual or organization applied for or recieved a Solidairty MN Micogrant).


Based on ongoing community engagement and what we've learned from the Microgrants, our investments will be informed by the following priorities. However, we welcome other ideas to address your community's needs:

  • Work led by immigrants/refugees
  • Geographic diversity (seeking an investment balance between the Twin Cities metro and Greater Minnesota)
  • Projects in the following core strategies:
    • Legal services/know-your-rights trainings/legal advocacy
    • Community organizing/civic engagement/coalition or network building/community advocacy (not primarily legal)
    • Immigrant and refugee media and storytelling
    • Capacity building for immigrant and refugee-led nonprofits
    • Immigrant and refugee leadership development

Available Funding and Grant Amounts

Solidarity MN has up to $600,000 available to fund Strength & Resilience grants and related investments.


  • September 12, 2017 - RFP opens
  • October 10, 2017 - RFP closes
  • November 27 through December 8, 2017 - 30 minute phone calls with top 40 applicants
  • Late January, 2018 - Grant decisions announced
  • Early February, 2018 - Grant funds released


Proposals will be reviewed by a small group of individuals who identify as leaders or activists working to make Minnesota a more prosperous and inclusive place for all, including reviewers who identify as immigrants and refugees. In particular, Solidarity MN will implement a three-part review process:

  • Phase 1: Solidarity MN foundation staff narrow the initial pool of applicants to the top 40 and conduct 30-minute phone calls with all 40 top applicants.
  • Phase 2: A non-foundation community review committee will review the top 40 proposals and recommend a funding slate.
  • Phase 3: A guiding team of the Solidarity MN coalition will review and approve the community review committee's funding recommendations.

Grant Reporting

All grants will have an 11 month term, from February 2018 through December, 2018. All grantees will be asked to submit a short narrative description regarding impact and use of funds in or around February of 2019.

Contact Our Team

If you're interested in applying and have any questions, need clarification or would like support during the process, please contact Allie Larson, Greater Twin Cities United Way: or 612-340-7581.

IT Help Desk: or 612-340-7534