The fund supports initiatives that:
- Increase community awareness of global interdependence
- Encourage progressive social change
- Broaden democratic participation, particularly to assure continued freedom of expression as guaranteed by the First Amendment
- Fight racism, sexism and discrimination of all kinds
- Promote justice
- Promote access to universal health care
- Promote the well-being of all people
The fund encourages co-sponsorship and co-funding of projects.
Other objectives of the fund include:
- Increasing citizen understanding of world cultures, political and social systems and international trade
- Highlighting the need for population control
- Addressing problems of less-developed countries
- Contributing to the preservation of the environment
- Examining the validity of military expenditures
- Fostering justice and human rights.
Projects will receive priority if they address problems of great contemporary concern and have wide regional impact.
The following are representative but not exclusive examples of projects:
- Lectures in support of peace and justice
- News articles
- Sister city relationships, particularly with countries with which the United States may be on unfriendly terms
- Foreign exchanges of postsecondary faculty or students
- Awards to individuals for university or graduate-level study in the United States or abroad on subjects related to peace and justice
- Projects that explore innovative ideas for solutions to problems of hunger and homelessness, or that provide emergency aid to people dealing with these issues in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin
The following are representative but not exclusive examples of possible grant recipients:
- Colleges and universities in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin as well as Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan
- Finnish-American organizations
- The Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- Organizations that support Native American treaty rights
- Organizations concerned with health care for low-income people
- International organizations working on programs with local implications, such as national security, population, refugees or the environment
To be eligible to apply for funding, an organization must:
- Be classified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or classified as an organization under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor classified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or an organization under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Be located in or provide service to residents within: Bayfield, Douglas and Ashland Counties in northwest Wisconsin; or Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis Counties in northeast Minnesota; or the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Mashkiiziibii, the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa/Atisokanigamig, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Nah-Gah-Chi-Wa-Nong, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Gichi Onigaming, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe or the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Gaa-Miskwaabikaang
Grants generally range from $500 to $4,000.
Spring 2024 Grant Cycle
- Application available January 2, 2024 – March 1, 2024 at 5 pm
- Grant begin date: June 1, or later.
- If awarded, funds would be available in June. Notifications will be emailed at the end of May.