Grants & Preference Points Applications

Below are the process steps required to have a Federal grant application considered for Promise Zone(PZ) preference points:

  1. The Minneapolis Promise Zone(MPZ) Manager is Juli Leerssen
  2. Become a MPZ partner by contacting the MPZ Manager. In general, partners agree to the following:
    • Meet with the MPZ Manager on a recurring basis
    • Meet with MPZ AmeriCorps VISTAs on a recurring basis
    • Send a representative to attend bi-monthly Working Group meetings
      • Contribute some combination of time, labor, expertise, and staff to Working Group projects
    • Contribute at least 25% of grant funds, but preferably more, of funds received with preference to serving community members in the MPZ. Note: Some grants may cover a larger portion of Minneapolis, or even extend to other parts of the Twin Cities. Therefore, grants with a larger coverage area than North Minneapolis will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

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  3. Find a Federal grant you would like to partner on and apply for. All Federal Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) can be found on Additional information on Federal partners, programs, and grants related to the PZ can be found at
  4. Call the MPZ Manager at 612-225-7721 to notify her that you intend to apply for a grant.
  5. At least ten business days before the grant application closing date, email two forms to the MPZ Manager:
  6. Approved proposals will be notified and send a signed certification form, which should be enclosed with the grant application and sent to the respective authorities.
  7. Once the final grant decision is made, notify the MPZ Manager of the results. If the grant application is approved, forward the full application, award letter, and contract terms to the MPZ Manager.
  8. Complete initial and ongoing reporting requirements. These will vary, but will generally include submitting application documents, award documents, and regular reporting on outcomes and success stories.

Awarded Grant Examples

Below are several examples of grants received in the MPZ. Note: This list is not all-inclusive. For a full list, please contact the MPZ Manager.


Local Partner

Federal Partner

Grant Short Title

Grant Amount*


City of Minneapolis

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma)



NorthPoint Health and Wellness

U.S. Department of Labor

Reentry Demonstration Project



City of Minneapolis

U.S. Department of Labor

Pathways to Justice Careers



Urban League

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Comprehensive Housing Counseling



City of Minneapolis

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control



Appetite For Change

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Northside Fresh Community Food Project



City of Minneapolis

U.S. Department of Justice

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation


*Numbers may be approximate, and may be adjusted downward to account for estimated division for applications of North Minneapolis. 

Last updated May 22, 2018



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