Minneapolis seeks partnerships for community-led programs

January 4, 2023

Partnership Engagement Fund applications now open

The City's Partnership Engagement Fund is now open for applications. Community-based organizations, groups and individuals can apply for funding for small-scale, meaningful projects to make Minneapolis communities more socially connected, healthy and safe.

In 2023, a total of $1 million is available through small grants of up to $20,000 or up to $50,000 depending on the organization’s budget size. Applicants will need to work with one of the City’s 70 neighborhood organizations for their project engaging underrepresented residents in Minneapolis.

The review committee, made up of community members and City staff, will make selections based on qualities including cultural community knowledge, representation of historically underrepresented communities, city geographic representation and specialized knowledge (for example: unsheltered populations, youths, seniors, immigrants and refugees, etc.).

Previous community projects have included youth mentorships, public events, garden infrastructure, civic leadership development, entrepreneurship training, addressing health disparities, employment support, youth peace building, corridor development, resource support for unsheltered neighbors, community building, youth media and storytelling, arts programming and placemaking.

Online information sessions

Two online information sessions will cover more about the Partnership Engagement Fund program and how to apply.

  • 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11.
  • 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12.

Potential applicants can sign up to join either of the workshops. A recorded webinar will also be available on the Partnership Engagement Fund City webpage.

Interpreters are available by emailing PartnershipFund@minneapolismn.gov.

Applications are open Jan. 4 with an interest form due Feb. 13 and the completed application due March 17.

Potential applicants can email PartnershipFund@minneapolismn.gov with questions.