Transformative Black-led Movement Fund

The goal of the Transformative Black Led Movement Fund (TBLMF)  is to transparently and efficiently resource Twin Cities-based Black-led organizations and individuals currently responding to the political and cultural opportunity to defund police and begin the transition process toward developing and implementing a shared vision of community-led safety and investment. Through this interim fund, we will redistribute $3.1 million from funds raised by Black Visions and Reclaim the Block during the uprising proceeding the murder of George Floyd by MPD. This fund serves as a rapid response strategy as we work to develop a community-led Black Movement Fund for holistic long term resource redistribution strategies. Learn more here.

Who are we funding?

Through this fund, we will support Black communities, including organizations and individuals. We will also specifically prioritize funding organizations led by and for marginalized Black communities and Black people who hold the marginalized identities, including LGBTQ communities, especially Trans communities/people; women, femmes, and children; people with disabilities; poor and working-class folks; immigrants, especially those who are undocumented; people who have been previously incarcerated; sex workers; and other criminalized communities.

A small percentage of the funding (5%) will go towards supporting BIPOC-led organizations that help support Black movement work and Black liberation, even if they are not necessarily Black-led. Additionally, resources will be allocated to support Indigenous and people of color with mutual and legal aid.

What are we funding?

We have prioritized the following community organizing strategies that will help us defund the police, move us towards abolition, and build the future we need. The funds will be evenly dispersed within 5 months. Learn more about these funding areas on our FAQ page.

  • Organizing for a New Future
    $200,000-250,000 per month
    $1,000,000 total
  • Transformative and Healing Justice
    $75,000-$125,000 per month
    $500,000 total

  • Economic and Cultural Justice
    $40,000-$80,000 per month
    $300,000 total
  • Mutual Aid and Legal Aid 
    $75,000-$200,000 per month
    $1,100,000 total

Process

Black Visions and Nexus Community Partners will contract a community consultation committee of trusted, experienced, and diverse Black community members (including members who are: youth, LGBTQ, artists, community organizers, healers, and elders). The committee will review applications and make decisions based on criteria, availability of funds, and with a commitment to centering disproportionately marginalized Black communities. Through a consensus decision making model, the committee will decide on applications and grant amounts.