CLUES awarded $100,000 grant

courtesy of CLUES • A rendering of Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio’s planned headquarters expansion, facing west, shows what the roughly 18,000 square-foot expansion will look like along East Seventh Street in Dayton’s Bluff. The project is being helped by a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund, which has been giving out grants across the state to support projects focused on healthy living in the year leading up to the Super Bowl.

courtesy of CLUES • The expansion of CLUES’ headquarters, part of which is seen here in an interior rendering of the planned work shown above, is expected to begin this spring and finish by mid 2019.

courtesy of CLUES • The expansion will cost roughly $7 million and the Super Bowl grant will fund the construction of a teaching kitchen at CLUES’ headquarters.

Marjorie Otto/Review • A Dec. 12 event held when the grant was awarded to CLUES included performances by the Academia Cesar Chavez Charter School mariachi band.

Will be used for upcoming expansion.

Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio, better known as CLUES, was awarded a $100,000 grant in December to support the expansion of the organization’s headquarters, which is on East Seventh Street in Dayton’s Bluff.

CLUES is a Latino-led nonprofit that focuses on providing resources and education for Latino and immigrant community members to aid in employment, entrepreneurship, education, civic engagement and healthy lifestyles.

CLUES was the third organization on the East Side to receive some level of funding from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund in the year building up to the Super Bowl. 

St. Paul Parks and Recreation received a $100,000 grant last February to construct sepak takraw courts at the Duluth & Case Recreation Center on the East Side, in addition to more tennis courts across the city. Sepak takraw is a traditional Southeast Asian ball game with elements similar to volleyball and soccer.

Last May, Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services received a $50,000 grant to create an orchard at the Village on Rivoli housing development, which is maintained by the East Side’s Urban Roots program, a youth urban gardening organization.

CLUES’ $100,000 grant will be used specifically to build a teaching kitchen as a part of the organization’s $7 million expansion of its headquarters. The kitchen will be used to help teach about healthy food habits and business entrepreneurship.


The expansion

The grant was awarded during a Dec. 12 event at St. John Lutheran Church School that included remarks from then mayor-elect Melvin Carter and CLUES leadership, as well as performances by the children’s mariachi band from Academia Cesar Chavez, an East Side latino-culture charter school. 

The event also showed off plans for the headquarters expansion, which is slated to begin this spring and wrap up around the middle of 2019.

“The expansion of our headquarters in St. Paul is a long-term effort to engage more Latino families and immigrants and to provide critical access to information and education,” said Ruby Lee, president of CLUES. “This grant from the [Super Bowl Host Committee] will allow us to provide training and education for youth and others, to help them lead healthier lives and pursue job opportunities such as careers in food-related industries.”

The organization, which has been located on the East Side for more than 10 years, has worked since 2015 to raise the roughly $7 million for the expansion. CLUES also shares facilities with the Mexican Consulate. 

According to information shared at the event and on the organization’s website, the expansion will be about 18,000 square feet, essentially doubling the size of the organization’s headquarters. The building, which is located on the northern corner of East Seventh and Margaret streets, will expand northeast towards the Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services headquarters.

In addition to a kitchen, the expansion will include classrooms, a teen tech center and lead to expanded programming for career and skill-building services, elder programming and additional space for staff and volunteers. 

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Grant program said it has been awarding such grants across the state each week for a year, building up to the Super Bowl, which is Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.

The grants are going to projects and organizations that help to improve health and wellness.


Marjorie Otto can be reached at 651-748-7816 or at Follow her on Twitter at @EastSideM_Otto.

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