Bush Foundation giving away $50M to slave descendants in Minnesota and Dakotas


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The Bush Foundation will give away $50 million to descendants of slaves as a way to help address longstanding injustices resulting from slavery, Jim Crow laws, red-lining in housing and police brutality. Nexus expects individuals to apply for the grants to buy a home or property, pay for education, expand or start a business or other initiatives.

A Bush Foundation-funded effort will issue $50 million to the descendants of slaves living in Minnesota and the Dakotas over eight years in the hopes of building Black wealth, reversing systemic injustices and positively impacting communities.

The foundation and Nexus Community Partners, the St. Paul group administering the program, believe the Open Road Fund is the first of its kind in Minnesota and one of the first large-scale programs nationwide that ties grants to the descendants of slavery.

Nexus will begin taking grant applications on June 19, which is Juneteenth, the federal holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.



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