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One Minneapolis Fund

The One Minneapolis Fund is designed to support the development of diverse leadership development and community engagement in the City of Minneapolis. Community or Cultural organizations should submit proposals for projects that develop leaders and engage communities. The organizations must be both:

  1. Grounded in cultural and/or community organizations and
  2.  Actively working toward building an inclusive Minneapolis.

The name “One Minneapolis” is used for the fund as a challenge to create an inclusive community in which all people are valued, all communities are engaged, and leadership mirrors the great diversity of our city. The One Minneapolis Fund is facilitated by the Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and is funded by the General Fund of the City of Minneapolis budget.

2017 Grant Cycle - 2017 One Minneapolis Fund program seeks RFP’s now through May 1st

Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) are being sought for the 2017 One Minneapolis Fund. The One Minneapolis Fund is designed to develop diverse leadership and community engagement in Minneapolis. This year non-profit organizations based in Minneapolis can submit proposals for one of two funding groups:

The deadline to submit an RFP is Monday, May 1, 2017.

Download the 2017 One Minneapolis Fund RFP.

Questions and Answers from the March 23rd Pre-proposal conference are now available. You can view them by clicking here.

Here is the anticipated timeline for the 2017 funding cycle:

HECE approval of RFP:   February 13, 2017
Full Council approval of RFP: February 24, 2017
Proposal Release:March 6, 2017
Pre-proposal Conference:March 23, 2017
Proposals Due:May 1, 2017
NCEC Recommendations:May 23, 2017
HECE approval of proposals:June 5, 2017
Full Council approval of Proposals:June 16, 2017

2016 Grant Cycle:

The One Minneapolis Fund is designed to support diverse leadership development and community engagement in the City of Minneapolis. A total of $182,000 is available in funding for the 2016 grant cycle.

Proposals are requested to do this work in one of two ways: 

Group A Funding

Community or Cultural organizations should submit proposals for projects that develop leaders and engage communities and result in increased involvement in City leadership structures by diverse people. For the purpose of this RFP, “City leadership structures” refers to City of Minneapolis boards, commissions, neighborhood organizations, and other similar advisory or civic engagement groups.
Group A proposals may request a maximum of $15,000.

Group B Funding

Community or Cultural organizations should submit proposals for projects that develop leaders and engage communities in specific targeted audiences. These leaders and communities will demonstrate their leadership and engagement by defining a specific community issue, and ways to address them through their program.

Preferred (but not limited to) target audiences:

The following organizations were awarded funding for the 2016 grant cycle:

African Chamber of Commerce – $25,000 (requested $25,000) - Community engagement and financial literacy training for East African residents.

Anyah – $1,000 (requested $1,000) - Leadership development for Minneapolis college students.

Circle of Discipline – $25,000 (requested $25,000) - Civic Engagement and leadership development among underrepresented youth.

From Death to Life – $20,000 (requested $23,300) - Conduct leadership development and focus groups among mothers who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

The Dial Group – $25,000 (requested $15,000) - Leadership development among artists from communities of color.

Emerge Community Development – $25,000 (requested $25,000) - Fund Vista volunteers recruited from non-traditional groups to work on housing, employment, financial literacy, and education services.

Givens Foundation – $17,000 (requested $25,000) – Using the arts to promote equity in economic, artistic and civic leadership.

Lake Street Council – $10,000 (requested $13,000) - Train minority business owners in civic engagement.

LVY Foundation - $19,000 (requested $25,000) – Youth leadership development.

2015 Grant Cycle:

The following organizations were awarded funding for the 2015 grant cycle:

Somali Action Alliance Education Fund – Group A - $12,000 (requested $15,000) - Fund the Somali Leaders Project to provide leadership training to prepare for Somali residents to serve on the boards of the Lyndale, Whittier, Phillips West and Seward neighborhood organizations, neighborhoods with large concentrations of Somali residents. The project will offer a leadership summit, training in board operations, post training placement assistance and monthly leadership seminars for training graduates.

CAPI USA – Group A - $12,000 (requested $15,000) - The funding would be used to develop the Immigrant Women’s Network, a leadership training initiative for professional immigrant women to become involved with city leadership structures.

YouthCARE – Group B - $21,500 (requested $25,000) - Support for the Teen Program at the Little Earth of the United Tribes. Provide training in leadership and civic engagement to youth ages 13 to 18 years old focused on the Safety and Sobriety Program.

Appetite for Change – Group B - $19,500 (requested $25,000) - Funding for the community engagement program of Appetite for Change includes several projects all aimed at using food as a tool to build equity and increase civic engaging within the African American community in North Minneapolis. Programs include the Good Food Advocacy Campaign in which Food Ambassadors meet to discuss changes needed in the community and Community Cooks workshops which use cooking classes as an engagement tool.

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha – Group B - $19,500 (requested $25,000) - Provide funding for the Workplace Rights Defenders project which focuses on leadership development and community engagement among low-wage workers of color who live and/or work in Minneapolis. 

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater – Group B - $19,500
(requested $25,000) - The project involves leadership training for youth in the Phillips neighborhoods. The youth leaders will also be trained in interviewing, art creation and neighborhood celebrations to engage residents in Phillips in community affairs.

Little Earth of the United Tribes – Group B - $19,500 (requested $24,800) - This project will train block club leaders in organizing and crime prevention techniques and form an organized system of block clubs with Little Earth. The project will also involve hosting safety forums and developing communications, engagement and action plans to enhance safety in the Little Earth complex.

One Family One Community – Group B - $19,500 (requested $21,500) - The program would provide training in leadership and serving on boards and commissions for people experiencing housing instability and work to place participants on the boards of neighborhood organizations.

The Neighborhood Hub – Group B - $19,500 (requested $25,000) - The project involves training youth in North Minneapolis in community organizing and public participation techniques. Topics to be addressed include health disparities in the community and community-police relations.

You view the 2015 One Minneapolis Fund Guidelines here.

2014 Grant Cycle:

The final report for the 2014 grant cycle can be viewed here.

The following organizations were awarded funding for the 2014 grant cycle:

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 YWCA 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.

2012-2013 Grant Cycle

The Year One Report is now available from the organizations awarded funding for the 2012-2013 grant cycle.  

The following organizations were awarded funding for the 2012-2013 grant cycle:

Lao Assistance Center - $20,000. The program established the Lao Leadership and Advocacy Institute to provide leadership training to Southeast Asian residents. A total of 33 people completed the program.

Pillsbury United Communities, Waite House - $20,000. Waite House organized community circles to provide an engagement networks for Latino residents in the Phillips Community. In the program, 26 participants attended 10 training workshops on engaging with neighborhood and community organizations.

Conflict Resolution Center - $22,000. The grant funded an ongoing youth leadership development program designed for low income Minneapolis youth of color. The program serves at-risk students and those who have been in contact with the juvenile justice system. Specific activities include mediation training for participants. The program also involved leadership development, conflict resolution instruction, restorative justice mediation, and peacekeeping circles.

Last updated Apr 14, 2017



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