City seeks proposals for One Minneapolis Fund grants

The City of Minneapolis is seeking proposals for One Minneapolis Fund grants, which can help community organizations with leadership development programs and community engagement activities.

A total of $182,000 is available from the One Minneapolis Fund in 2015, and community organizations may apply for up to $25,000 in funding for projects. To be eligible for funding from the program, an organization must be a non-governmental, non-profit organization serving residents of Minneapolis. Neighborhoods who receive Community Participation Program funding are not eligible to apply, however, they may partner with a community organization on a project in which the community organization serves as the applicant to the One Minneapolis Fund.

In 2014, seven grants totaling $80,000 were awarded to:

Lake Street Council - $15,000: The Lake Street Council is a business association serving the Lake Street area. The Council will partner with the Latino Economic Development Center and the YMCA to provide civic engagement training to people of color and immigrants who are small business owners.

Appetite for Change - $15,000: The One Minneapolis Fund grant will be used as part of the larger Good Food Advocacy Campaign. This project works to build the leadership capacity of African-American and low-income individuals to lead the food movement, connect with other communities in Minneapolis and increase community and civic engagement around food issues.

Council on American Islamic Relations - $10,000: This project will provide training in leadership development and civic engagement to Muslims in Minneapolis. The goal is to remove barriers and increase civic participation among currently under engaged groups.

Asian Media Access - $15,000: This grant would fund the Project PENN initiative, which is a place-based effort to engage under represented communities in North Minneapolis. The focus will be on developing leaders for an economic development scan and vision plan focused on the Penn and Plymouth Avenue Corridors.

Youth Care - $10,000: This funding would support a project with the Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood Association to provide 30 Camden area youth with after school leadership development, civic engagement and social activities.

Twin Cities Media Alliance - $10,000: The project will work with underrepresented residents of North Minneapolis to develop skills in civic engagement. This will include training in working in civic organizations, media literacy and use of social media. A key goal of the project is to shape the way North Minneapolis neighborhoods are depicted in the media.

Organizing Apprenticeship Project - $5,000: Through a series of events designed to develop community leadership for racial equity across Minneapolis, this project will work to bring underrepresented voices to city policymaking.

The program was started in 2013.  In the first year, three grants totaling $62,000 were provided to the Pillsbury Waite House and Lao Assistance Center for leadership development programs in immigrant communities and to the Conflict Resolution Center for a youth leadership development program.  Each of the projects funded in 2013 will be concluding in the near future.

Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on April 6, 2015. Any questions on the program should be submitted in writing to howard.blin@minneapolis.mn.gov.  To submit a proposal, visit: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/finance/procurement/rfp.

Published Feb 10, 2015

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