Promise Zone Updates and Funding Opportunities

City of Minneapolis and Promise Zone

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February 8, 2017

Promise Zone Updates


In this edition:

  • Scholarship Available to attend Federal Education Meeting in Austin, TX
  • Pathways to Emergency & Academy Career Experiences
  • Promise Zone News
  • Events
  • Recent Federal Grant and Partnership Opportunities 
  • About the Minneapolis Promise Zone
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Scholarship Available to attend Federal Education Meeting in Austin, TX

Ready by 21

The US Department of Educations' Place Base Initiatives Pilot Team is excited to announce that registration has opened for the Ready by 21 National Meeting and the Place-Based initiative Pre-Meeting scheduled for March 29-31, 2017 in Austin, TX.

Ready by 21 is a set of innovative strategies developed by the Forum that helps communities improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 strategies center around four building blocks for effective change: broader partnerships, bigger goals, better data, and bolder actions. Find out more information about the Ready by 21 model

Who should attend?

The ready by 21 National Meeting is aimed at community leaders and practitioners, including youth leaders, who are committed to improving partnerships, policies, and practices for children and youth. 

A scholarship will be available to reimburse travel expenses for one person per Promise Zone Community to attend the national meeting. Please note that meeting registration costs and related fees cannot be reimbursed. Communities are encouraged to send additional representatives to the national meeting (through their own resources) in order to fully participate in the broad range of sessions and topics that will be available. 

More information can be found through the Ready by 21 National Meeting Website

If your organization is interested in attending, or utilizing the Minneapolis Promise Zone scholarship, please contact Promise Zone Education Coordinator, Hannah Walker

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    The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded the City of Minneapolis with the Pathways to Justice Careers Grant. 

    Pathways to Emergency & Academy Career Experience (PEACE) is aimed at high school juniors and seniors to provide pathways into justice and emergency service careers. PEACE gives students a variety of hands-on ways to learn about justice and emergency services career possibilities. PEACE students will learn about these careers through:

    • Participation in career academies designed to be engaging and offer a real-world perspective
    • Being mentored by a professional from the justice and emergency services industry
    • Working in a paid summer internship in one of the career fields

    In partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools, students will be supported throughout the program by a Check & Connect Case Manager who will keep them on track toward graduation and help guide them in their next education or training steps. Additional project partners include the Minneapolis Police, Fire, and City Attorney's departments, Hennepin County Medical Center, 911, FBI, Park Patrol and several departments within Hennepin County.

    For more information, please contact ShaVonda Allen

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    Promise Zone News

    Kids design t-shirts, build futures at north Minneapolis nonprofit (02/01 - Fox News)
    A nonprofit in north Minneapolis has found that mentoring kids is one part friendship and one part job training. Youth Enterprise Foundation gives kids a part-time job and some life skills that they can carry out into the job market, or use to start their own business one day.

    Renters become homeowners through Minneapolis public housing program (01/30 - Star Tribune)
    The program began about five years ago with 20 townhouses that the MPHA purchased from a bankrupt developer during the recession. The intent was "to stabilize the neighborhood and provide ownership opportunities to MPHA applicants," said Jan Hughes, lease-to-own administrator.

    Decommissioned Weapons to be Distributed to Artists (01/25 - Pillsbury United Communities)
    Building off the 2016 momentum of the Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibit, and the following the 2016 Minneapolis Gun Buyback, Pillsbury United Communities continues its gun-violence awareness efforts with Art is My Weapon: Creatively addressing violence initiative.

    Voices for Racial Justice Minnesota releases 'Our Mnisota Racial Equity Agenda' (PDF)
    Our Mnisota started with a community forum at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. 

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    March Food Drive Campaign
    February 17 - April 8, 2017
    More information

    Community Health and Safety Working Group
    February 22nd, 2017 - 12:00-1:30pm
    For more information, contact Izak Gallini-Matyas

    Northside Fresh Coalition Quarterly Meeting
    February 22nd, 2017 - 5:30-7:30pm
    For more information, contact Mariah Mendoza
    Subscribe to the Northside Fresh Coalition Newsletter

    How To Get Media Attention for Your Youth Who Are Making A Difference Webinar
    February 28, 2017 - 4:00-5:00pm
    Register and learn more about this free webinar

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    Recent Federal Grant and Partnership Opportunities

    The following content is for informational purposes only. For additional details on the opportunities below, and to find additional opportunities, please visit

    Promise Zone Preference Points

    If a discretionary funding opportunity indicates Promise Zone (PZ) preference points are available, please visit for additional information on forms and contacts to request preference point certification from the City of Minneapolis Promise Zone. Please submit your preference point request at least two weeks prior to the application deadline for Promise Zone certification approval consideration. 

    If a funding opportunity does not indicate PZ preference points, you are still encouraged to contact the Promise Zone Manager, Julianne Leerssen (612-225-7721), about potential partnership opportunities to strengthen your application.

    Spotlight Funding Opportunities 

    Economic Development



    Community Health

    School Safety

    Other Federal Funding Opportunities

    ED: Department of Education

    DOC: Department of Commerce

    EPA: Environmental Protection Agency

    HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

    NEH: National Endowment for the Humanities

    HUD: Department of Housing and Urban Development

    SBA: Small Business Administration

    USDOJ: Department of Justice

    Non-Federal Funding Opportunities

    MnDOT: Minnesota Department of Transportation

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    About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

    Promise Zones are federally designated, high poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, and leverage private investment. The Minneapolis Promise Zone (MPZ) plan is a comprehensive, community-driven revitalization strategy that builds on and aligns numerous initiatives to address the persistent unemployment, crime, housing blight, and poor educational outcomes that affect that area.

    For more information, please visit

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    For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact Christina Manancero Villagran at or by phone: 612-673-2958. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. 

    TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

    Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

    Welcome to North Minneapolis" mural by youth artists from Juxtaposition Arts and TATS CRU