Third Round Equity Response Grant Awards

people sitting in the grass in front of a purple mural of the artist Prince

Congratulations to the 14 organizations who are recipients of the third round MRAC Equity Response grant awards. On December 15, 2020, the MRAC board approved $35,000 in funding for the following organizations to receive grant awards in the third round of the Equity Response program for FY21. Note that the county designations indicate where the organization is located; Minneapolis and Saint Paul are listed separately from their counties.

The Equity Response grant program was created to serve the flexible needs of groups and organizations that are led by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), People with Disabilities (PWD), and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+) individuals. There are multiple future deadlines for this grant program and we encourage you to visit the grant page to learn more.

Photo of Purple Playground in front of a Prince mural painted by Graham Hoete in Chanhassen


Black Storytellers Alliance

Funding to hire a consultant to help the organization with bookkeeping and the development of 5-year growth plan.

Indigenous Peoples Task Force

Funding for the costs associated with the Ikidowin Acting Ensemble to amplify the social media voice and change the narrative on American Indians.

Intro to Success

Funding for core artist healing sessions to help process anxiety and anger related to the pandemic and racial uprisings, imbuing reflective meditation in the creation of a community healing project.

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association

Funding to develop an artist dashboard to streamline the organization’s ability to connect artists to internal and external opportunities.

Purple Playground

Funding for Purple Playground’s Academy of Prince “It Always Snows in December” Songwriting Workshop to teach teens collaborative songwriting skills inspired by Prince’s legacy.

The Urban Spectrum Theatre Company

Funding to provide training in online and social media activity, and to stage a preliminary production utilizing said training and setting the stage for a new way of doing things.

Saint Paul

Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac

Funding for the BIPOC Artists Collaborative to share knowledge, explore ideas, and advance collaborative capacity to accelerate social change through access to the arts.

Away Runakuna

Funding for space to provide weekend dance classes every week to learn about the traditional Ecuadorian folk dance of the “Capariche.” Dance classes are open to youth and adults and are taught in English and Spanish.

Funny Asian Women Kollaborative (F.A.W.K)

Funny Asian Women Kollective and Blackout Improv will collaborate on a live-streamed panel and discussion on a Year in Review of 2020.


Funding for a mural collaboration with community youth members, where space and materials to paint an 8×8 feet panel will be provided along with technical art classes and logistical guidance.

Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute

Funding to host a workshop series that focuses on inspiring BIPOC youth to become literary artists who share stories that reflect their cultural heritage and support for a youth writing competition.

Ride or Die Revolutionists

Funding for a documentary exploring the legacy of Chicanx activism in Minnesota from the perspective of youth activists who are trying to connect to their roots within la lucha.

Suburban Hennepin

Crossroads Panorama

Funding to help children build relationships to be empowered and empathetic through listening and sharing personal experiences.

United Artist Collaborative

Funding to purchase a video camera to produce online content.

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