Multicultural Resource Center Microgrant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Multicultural Resource Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
December 2019
End Date
July 2021
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Overview

The city of Pelican Rapids has an International Friendship Festival nearly every year. They invite musicians and dancers from many of the nationalities that make up the town. The Festival is an opportunity for all the diverse peoples in this town to share their own cultures and their art. We would like to hire the Somali Cultural Museum’s Dance Troupe to perform at the 2020 Festival. We also plan to run a Somali dance workshop the day after the Festival.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Leyla Suleiman (Minneapolis, MN) Leyla is a first year educator, author in the Crossroads: Somali Youth Anthology, and was a panelist for the Community Partner Fund and is also serving in the immigrant cultural heritage panel. She is Somali.

Hibaq Mohamed (Minneapolis, MN) – Hibaq is an MHC Increase Engagement facilitator, author in the Crossroads: Somali Youth Anthology, and is also serving in the immigrant cultural heritage panel. She is Somali.

Nasra Farah (St. Cloud, MN) – Nasrah is a board member and featured speaker through the activist/advocacy organization #unitecloud. She is Somali.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Laura Benson

Minnesota Humanities Center


Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minn. State Legislature Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 8, (d)
Appropriation Language

$850,000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota.

(2) Of this amount, $250,000 the first year is for a grant to one or more community organizations that provide arts and cultural heritage programming celebrating Somali heritage.

2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The goals for this project is to have a day where different culture from different communities in the town of Pelican Rapids are shared so that people learn from each other's cultural values which in turn creates social integration, respect for the differences and work together for achieving progressive goals. Working together in peace and harmony while differences in cultures and values exists in our community.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress

Recipient Board Members
Shaakir Mohamud, Abdulkadir Isse, Jeylani Ishawa, Abdullahi Mohamed
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Multicultural Resource Center
Pelican Rapids
Administered By
Administered by

987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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