Community Innovation Fund (CIF)
We are asking for your help in developing a new funding program for neighborhoods, the Community Innovation Fund (CIF). This fund would allow neighborhood organizations to apply for funding to develop innovative projects which address City of Minneapolis priorities.
The Community Innovation Fund was first proposed in the 2008 Framework for the Future Report which recommended new programs for funding Minneapolis neighborhood organizations.
The Community Innovation Fund:
Grant Funding to Encourage Innovations for City-Identified Priorities
A Community Innovation Fund will be established as a companion fund to the Neighborhood Investment Fund. The innovation fund will provide grants to officially designated neighborhood organizations to seek out innovative and locally-relevant approaches to City-identified goals or problems.
- The City Council and Mayor will set priorities for this fund on a biannual basis. The Neighborhood and Community Advisory Board will then work with the Council and Mayor to ensure that the design of grants is accessible and relevant to localized programming.
- Guidelines for these grants should place a high priority on proposals that reflect collaboration between two or more neighborhood organizations or between neighborhood organizations and other community-based organizations.
- The Advisory Board (Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission) will review proposals and recommend grant awards to the City Council and Mayor.
In the Framework for the Future an emphasis was placed on fostering collaboration between neighborhoods and other organizations. The Framework also envisioned the fund as a means to advance innovation in addressing city goals.
The Community Innovation Program is scheduled to begin accepting applications in the fall of 2014. A total of $300,000 has been allocated for the program for the period 2014-2015. It is intended that a competitive process will be established to award the grants.
The Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) is asking members of neighborhood organizations to participate in developing this new program. Topics to be addressed include:
- The priorities which should be addressed in the program
- Funding guidelines
- Size and number of grants
- Criteria for reviewing applications
Please join members of the NCEC and Neighborhood and Community Relation staff at one of a series of upcoming meetings to help shape this program:
Wednesday, January 29th
Linden Hills Recreation Center
Wednesday, February 5th (rescheduled from February 4th)
Thursday, February 6th
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center
Tuesday, February 11th
Matthews Recreation Center
Thursday, February 13th
East Phillips Cultural Center
Tuesday, February 18th
Crown Roller Mill Building, Room 200
Wednesday, February 19th
North Commons Park
Thursday, February 20th - Cancelled due to weather
Monday, February 24th
Thursday, March 6th - Rescheduled from Feb. 20th
If you have questions please contact Howard Blin of the Neighborhood and Community Relations staff at 612-673-3163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated Feb. 24, 2014