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 Consensus Council awards over $60K to local organizations

The Consensus Council has awarded $191,130 to 20 organizations through its Community Innovation Grant program in North Dakota. The program is offered in partnership with the Saint Paul-based Bush Foundation and supports community-based problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions.

Grants in the amount of $10,000 were awarded to the following Fargo-Moorhead organizations::

• The Arts Partnership to conduct a feasibility study around the continuation of a creative incubator for Fargo area artists.

• Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons to create a self-sustainable mechanism for training and equipping local leaders for system change work, social justice and human rights.

• Self-Advocacy Solutions to develop the "Color-Me Fargo" coloring book for adults with disabilities, to increase knowledge of available disability-related resources and self-advocacy skills.

• The People's Press Project to develop and implement the KPP-LP Radio Multi-Ethnic Recording Project focused on sharing the voices, languages and stories of Somali, Sudanese, Native American, Latino and Islamic peoples through radio broadcast.

• Plains Art Museum to expand the Cultural Currents: Community Engagement through Art initiative, focused on a partnership between the museum, Kurdish Community of America, First Sudanese Lutheran Church and Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons.

• Afro-American Development Association to facilitate housing education training to promote better working relationships between New Americans and housing enterprises and landlords in the Fargo community.

Lutheran Social Services awarded grant

Lutheran Social Service of North Dakota was awarded a $491,400 Retired Senior Volunteer Program grant for the implementation of a Senior Corps program which will begin Sept. 1. The program matches individuals with volunteer opportunities at nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout all of North Dakota.

Boys & Girls Club receives $50,000 grant

The Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley was awarded a $50,000 grant to support the renovation of the Youth Center at Rose Creek. The Lowe's Renovation Across the Nation grant will be applied toward the renovation of exterior landscaping and building repairs, windows, games room, gym, youth restrooms and lobby.