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
All Minneapolis neighborhood organizations are invited to apply for the new Community Innovation Fund. 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.
You can download a copy of the full Community Innovation Fund Guidelines for detailed program and application requirements.
The following organizations were awarded funding for the 2015-2016 funding cycle:
Bottineau Neighborhood Association – awarded $16,000
Bottineau, in partnership with the Concerned Citizens of Marshall Terrace and the Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee, is requesting funding to hire a public health intern working in the field of environmental toxicology to compile date regarding air emissions in the neighborhood. The goal of the project is to produce data which would lead to work with local industries to reduce air emissions.
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization – awarded $30,000
Central is proposing to partner with The Pillsbury United Communities Waite House to provide job training for Central neighborhood residents. A goal of the project is to place residents in jobs at the Seward Coop Grocery which is being built in the neighborhood.
Citizens for a Loring Park Community – awarded $15,000
Partnering with the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association, Loring Park would utilize the funding for a community based planning process leading to a landscape plan to improve the appearance of the Hennepin –Lyndale Avenue Corridor.
Cleveland Neighborhood Association – awarded $20,000
Cleveland is partnering with local arts organizations Juxtaposition Arts and Bully Creative Shop to implement the Street Forum community engagement tool. This project will use technology and social media to involve residents in issues affecting the neighborhood.
East Phillips Improvement Coalition – awarded $25,000
East Phillips is proposing to partner with the Native American Youth Arts Collective to use art as an engagement tool among youth living at Little Earth.
Harrison Neighborhood Association – awarded $15,000
The neighborhood is requesting funding to create and implement a community based process for evaluating new development. The process will bring residents, businesses and developers together to create the process.
Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association – awarded $15,000
Holland would be partnering with the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership for work in community engagement and planning for the Great Northern Greenway, a trail corridor connecting north and northeast Minneapolis across the Mississippi River.
Longfellow Community Council - awarded $18,000
Longfellow proposes to partner with the Metro Blooms, a non-profit organization which promotes gardening throughout the metro area, the Longfellow Business Association and Project for Pride in Living to develop 40 raingardens throughout the neighborhood. These raingardens are intended to improve the quality of stormwater and add greenspace to the neighborhood.
Lyndale Neighborhood Association – awarded $30,000
Partnering with the Corcoran, Powderhorn Park, Central and West Bank neighborhood organizations, as well as HOME line, Lyndale would be the lead organization in developing the Minneapolis Renters Coalition. This group works on renters issues within Minneapolis.
Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association - awarded $26,000
Midtown is proposing to provide startup funding for a low power Somali language FM radio station in the Phillips area. Partnering with the Somali American Community, a non-profit which hold the license for the station, Midtown will fund the training and technical requirements for starting the station.
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association – awarded $25,000
Partnering with the Mercado Central business cooperative, Powderhorn would use the funding to continue current efforts to rebuild organizational capacity in the coop.
Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association – awarded $15,000
Prospect Park is proposing to partner with residents of the Glendale Public Housing development on engagement efforts in the propose redevelopment of Glendale.
Ventura Village – awarded $25,000
This project would construct an outdoor patio and picnic area adjacent to the Phillips Community Center.
Windom Park Citizens in Action – awarded $25,000
Windom is seeking to expand an existing tool library. The project would involve developing storage and workshop space for the tool library in order reach more people in the neighborhood.
Questions can be directed to Howard Blin, Community Engagement Manager at Howard.Blin@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3163.
Last updated Aug 10, 2015