Open Road Fund

The Open Road Fund returns money directly to Black folks so they can build something long-lasting for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Open Road Fund is a community fund granting $50 million to Black folks in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in order to create tangible pathways to liberation, prosperity, and healing on our own terms.

We believe that paths lead to our destiny, and when faced with barriers, we call upon our ancestors to guide us on the open road to liberation. In honor of their resiliency and communal spirit, the Open Road Fund aims to redistribute resources to present-day descendants of the Atlantic Slave Trade in an effort to build Black wealth within our communities.

Questions? Email ORFSupport@nexuscp.org or call Open Road Fund at 612-886-3449.

What is Black Wealth?

Black wealth is—but is not limited to—healing from over five centuries of labor and livelihood stolen from us on this stolen land. Black wealth is owning what we produce. Black wealth is building and inventing for our families and community. Black wealth is a creative and sovereign practice of restoration that reaffirms the excellence that has always been in us.

What is the Open Road Fund?

The primary goal of the Open Road Fund is to enable Black individuals, families, and communities across North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota to build long lasting, intergenerational wealth.

The Open Road fund is a unique grant designed for individuals. It is not available to nonprofit organizations.

Eligibility for the fund is restricted based on ancestry, geography, and age. People that are Black; descendants of enslaved African people of the Trans Atlantic slave trade; over the age of 14; and are residents of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or within any of the 23 Native nations whose territories are occupied by those states are eligible for the Open Road Fund.

We designed and built a custom computer program to randomly select from the pool of eligible and complete Phase 1 applications.

Because of the purpose of the Open Road Fund to invest in Black people’s wealth, we decided that using a randomized selection would be the most equitable way to make our selection of awardees. Unlike grant programs that make selections based upon years of leadership, or expertise in a field this program seeks to recognize and repair some of the harm that has occurred to Black people living in our region and are descendants of African people that were enslaved in the Atlantic slave trade.

The selection process is witnessed by Open Road Fund Advisory Members and Nexus Black Staff assembly members.

Top Questions About the ORF

Open Road Fund applications will open Summer 2024. Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive updates, or follow along on Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

No. The 2024 application will have updates and improvements. Also, your information may change year to year, including your email, phone number, and Black wealth plans. If you would like a copy of your 2023 Open Road Fund application, you can request that it be emailed to you by contacting  ORFSupport@NexusCP.org. You can use your 2023 application to either copy and paste into 2024 responses, or as a guide for your Black wealth building plan.

Open Road Fund 2023 Awardees may not apply again for an Open Road Fund grant.

Nexus Community Partners will not publicly name all awardees. Finalists may choose to share their status as a finalist if they wish. After the grant process is completed, awardees can opt in to allow Nexus to share their names. Out of a duty to care for and to protect the privacy of all grantees, especially grantees under 18, we are not requiring that their names be made public.

However, we do hope that some grantees will want to share their stories. We look forward to being able to share grantees’ stories when they have consented and when the time is right.

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