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What are the guidelines?

  1. Your project must take place in either the West Broadway Avenue Corridor in North Minneapolis or the neighborhood in and adjacent to Little Earth of United Tribes community in South Minneapolis.
  2. Your idea must be:
    1. Collaborative in nature. Each idea must bring together two or more of the following categories: residents, resident or neighborhood association, business association, West Broadway business, youth-serving agency, community organization, cultural organization, accredited educational institution, place of worship.
    2. Inclusive of affected youth voice (youth are defined as 16-24 years old, that reside, work or attend school/programs in the designated neighborhoods)
    3. Downstream strategy-focus. Downstream strategies interrupt patterns of negative activity and behaviors.
    4. Responsive to the selection criteria developed as a result of community input sessions and previously conducted surveys and research.
    5. A new work product or new body of work. Ideas submitted should not be a duplication of an existing service. Proposals shall not seek funding for work already being funded through another source. Duplication of funding will disqualify your application.
    6. Applicants seeking to be the lead partner receiving funding must be in good financial standing with the State of MN and City of Minneapolis.

Do I need to be based in the community to apply?

Yes, you must be one of the following: a neighborhood or cultural organization, local business, youth-serving agency, accredited educational institution, or place of worship and have a long-standing relationship with the area in which you are applying. At least one of the collaborative partners identified in your proposal must have a direct connection to the West Broadway corridor.

Do I need to be a nonprofit to apply?

No; the grant awards are open to nonprofits, for-profits, businesses, places of worship, educational institutions, individuals; anyone with a great idea that will advance community collaboration, public safety, and youth inclusiveness. Anyone submitting a proposal must be in good financial standing with the State of Minnesota and City of Minneapolis.

Do I need to raise matching funds?

No. You do not need to raise matching funds to qualify for a grant.

What do you need to know about my project?

For the initial application, we want to know what you’re proposing to do, why it makes sense in the chosen area, and a little about the team who will execute the project.

Who decides on finalists and winners?

Community reviewers, content area experts, and City of Minneapolis staff will be a part of the review process. Scoring of the applications submitted will move the best ideas to the finalist round. The community reviewers will be selected from the West Broadway and Little Earth communities and will be evaluated for possible conflicts of interest.

How are the ideas and proposals scored?

Ideas and proposals will be reviewed by an evaluation panel made up of community reviewers, as well as content area experts and City of Minneapolis staff with content expertise in the areas of youth engagement, youth violence prevention, and public safety. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Other evaluation considerations may include but are not limited to factors such as balancing proposals across geographic areas within Area One and Area two, populations served, and past performance of applicant agencies.

Final recommendations will be submitted to City Council for approval to enter into contracts.

What are the criteria for a successful application?

Initial ideas and subsequent proposals will be reviewed and evaluated on the strength of your idea, its potential to advance community collaboration, public safety, youth inclusiveness, and your plan to execute the project. Finalists will be scored against five criteria: feasibility, safety, collaborative opportunity, community engagement and impact.

Feasibility: Does the applicant have the capacity to implement the idea; and/or is the project in tune with the community’s stated needs?

Safety: Does the idea encourage outdoor/public activity and create a more hopeful environment?

Collaborative Opportunity: Does the idea foster community collaboration?

Community Engagement: Does the idea support cultural connections and authentic youth engagement?

Impact: Will the idea have an immediate result and potential long term positive effects?

How much money is available?

$250,000 for the West Broadway Avenue corridor and $250,000 for the neighborhood in and around the Little Earth of United Tribes community in West Phillips. No project is too small as long as your idea is big. A minimum of five proposals will be funded from each neighborhood.

How long is the grant period?

The proposals selected must be implementable on June 16, 2017 with an active window through November 1, 2017. Proposals should utilize all awarded funds by December 31, 2017. Exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis.

How many different ideas can I submit?

You may submit as many ideas as you would like. All ideas must be collaborative in nature and include the required components outlined above.

How soon will I hear the decision on my application?

You will hear back from us on whether your idea is selected to move on to Round 2 by May 12, 2017.

If your idea is selected to move on, you are encouraged, and we may request, applicants to attend one of several Proposal Development Workshops that will be held May 18-20, 2017. These workshops will assist you and your collaborative partners in building out your idea and turn it into a proposal. Proposals are due May 26, 2017. The format for submitting proposals will be available mid-May.

Finalists receiving grant awards will be announced in early June.

If my proposal isn’t accepted, will I know why?

We expect a large number of proposals. Each proposal will be given the same level of consideration. Given the expected number of applicants we may not be able to specify why you were not awarded a grant. Proposal scores can be emailed upon request.


For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact William Sheffer, 612-673-3477 . People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

Last updated May 3, 2017



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