African Career and Education Resource, Inc (ACER) Twin Cities Metro

African Career, Education, & Resource Inc. (ACER) is the leading organization working with African immigrants in the northwest suburbs. We build power to achieve systemic change that advances racial and economic equity for our communities.

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Grants Awarded:

Rapid Response Fund

$25,000 in 2021
Term: 1 year

Rapid Response Fund helps Headwaters quickly get grant dollars to where they will be most helpful to our grantee organizations.

Transformation Fund

75,000 in 2020
Term: 1 year

Transformation Fund was developed in response to the 2020 murder of George Floyd and the ongoing culture of violence and white supremacy in our society’s systems and institutions.

Community Innovation Grants

$15,000 in 2020
Term: 1 year

Community Innovation Grants were offered until 2021 in partnership with the Bush Foundation. Grants supported communities to use problem solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions.

Communities First Fund

$15,000 in 2020
Term: 1 year

Communities First Fund grants supported BIPOC-led organizations, responding to the immediate COVID-19-related needs in their communities during the early weeks and months of the pandemic.

Black Seed Fund

$10,000 in 2020
Term: 1 year

Black Seed Fund makes grants to Black-led groups, supporting their organizational development and capacity-building needs. These multi-year general operating grants are for Black-led organizations that grow power with Black people.