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General Purposes

Arab American Heritage Council

  • Program Flint Area
  • Program Area Meeting Evolving Community Needs
  • Grant Amount $160,137
  • Grant Period January 1, 2002–December 31, 2004
  • Location Flint, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Flint

About this grant

Since its establishment in Flint more than 30 years ago, the American Arab Heritage Council has operated mainly with volunteers and a part-time executive director. Since September 11, the council has been inundated with information requests regarding Arab Americans, Arabic and Middle Eastern culture and heritage, and Islam. Multiyear funding will enable the organization to restructure and expand its programs in order to promote better understanding and tolerance toward Flint area Arab Americans and Muslims. Program activities will include conducting racial profiling seminars for local law enforcement agencies; organizing interfaith exchanges; expanding school and other educational outreach efforts; collaborating with FACTER (Flint Area Citizens to End Racism) in addressing racism; and developing the Arab American archives at the University of Michigan-Flint library.The mission of the council is to promote a positive image of the local Middle Eastern community; establish a support network to assist local Arab American organizations; cultivate a broader understanding in the Flint community of Middle Eastern culture and issues; and encourage involvement by Arab Americans in the Flint community.