Neighborhood & Community Relations

Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
105 5th Avenue South 
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 673-3737

Community Innovation Fund

The Community Innovation Fund provides grants to Minneapolis neighborhood organizations to foster innovative and locally relevant approaches to City-identified goals. The aim of the program is to provide funding for projects to test concepts in neighborhoods that may later be replicated throughout Minneapolis.

2015-2016 Funding Cycle - Now Accepting Applications

All Minneapolis neighborhood organizations are invited to apply for the new Community Innovation Fund (pdf). Priority on project funding will be given to projects which involve collaboration between two or more neighborhood organizations or between neighborhood organizations and community-based organizations.

The first round of the program is proposed for 2015 through 2016 and allocates up to $300,000. The maximum award for any project would be $30,000. Funding applications are to be reviewed by the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC). The NCEC will forward funding recommendations to the City Council for final approval.

The deadline for submitting applications is June 3, 2015 at 4:00 PM. Applications must be submmited to

An informational meeting will be held to answer any questions on the program on Tuesday, May 5th at the 2nd Floor conference room of the Crown Roller Mill located at 105 5th Avenue South.

You can download a copy of the full Community Innovation Fund Guidelines (pdf) for detailed program and application requirements.

Questions can be directed to Howard Blin, Community Engagement Manager at or 612-673-3163.


Last updated Apr 15, 2015