The largest civil liberties organization for Muslims in Minnesota says it's received numerous grants from local foundations to help fight discrimination in the state at a time when tensions and fears are running high.

The state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Tuesday that it's been awarded more than $50,000 in grant money and that it could receive another $25,000 in a matching grant if it's able to raise that same amount.

Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of CAIR-MN, said the money will be used to help cover $100,000 in unbudgeted expenses stemming from an increased demand in its services to help fight discrimination.

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