Transformative Black-led Movement Fund

Applications to the TBLMF are closed.

In August 2020, we partnered with Black Visions to launch the Transformative Black-led Movement Fund (TBLMF). The goal of the TBLMF is to transparently and efficiently resource Black-led organizations and Black individuals in the Twin Cities. This fund was originally allocated $3.1 million, however through adaptation to clear need, it received an additional $4 million to let us invest in more community-led safety strategies now. The Transformative Black-led Movement Fund was open from August 10, 2020 to November 23, 2020.

We distributed $1.2M in Mutual and Legal Aid, $1.1M in Economic and Cultural Justice, $2.9M in Organizing for a New Future, and $1.3M in Transformative and Healing Justice.

Information about TBLMF

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 $7.1 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.

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.

Economic and Cultural Justice

  1. Supporting Black businesses committed to community wealth building,  cooperatives and cultural economic models that are rooted in mutuality, and stewardship. Supporting economic efforts that shift away from extractive models towards strategies that build regenerative local economies.  
  2. Resourcing and small business development for artists leading projects and initiatives expanding consciousness and understanding of abolition; prioritizing emerging to mid-career artists and Black Trans artists. 
  3. For example: registering as a business with the state, studio rental, business consulting, marketing, developing an artist cooperative, etc.

Organizing for a New Future

  1. Capacity building for Black-led organizations and emerging projects
  2. Rapid response resources for community organizing strategies to engage diverse communities in the process to reimagine community safety, invest in communities, and transition away from policing. 
  3. Support for on-going grassroots organizing strategies that seek to transform the social, economic, political, and cultural conditions of all Black people. 
  4. Support for cultural organizing projects led by Black artists in partnership with communities and organizations

Mutual and Legal Aid

  1. Resourcing organizations to redistribute cash assistance to Black community members
  2. Direct emergency cash assistance for Black community members 
  3. Emergency resources for Black community legal aid; prioritizing legal costs for frontline protestors and Black immigrants
  4. Support for POCI community members currently dealing with houselessness and/or who are on the frontlines of the sanctuary movement in Minneapolis, with a focus on Indigenous community members/organizations.

Transformative and Healing Justice

  1. Capacity building for Transformative and Healing justice organizations, projects, and initiatives developing models for community safety and accountability
  2. Resources to support the development of non-police involved safety alternatives
  3. Capacity building for individual transformative and healing justice practitioners
  4. Capacity building and project grants for Black artists
  5. Resources to hold healing processes

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 democratic decision making model, the committee will decide on applications and grant amounts.