Promise Zone: Grants and Updates

City of Minneapolis and Promise Zone

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April 5, 2017

Minneapolis Promise Zone Workmark

In this edition of Minneapolis Promise Zone Updates:

  • Spotlight Grants
  • Target Market Program Information and Enrollment Sessions 
  • 4146 Fremont Avenue Open House to Review Redevelopment Proposals
  • Freedom Fires at Freedom Square
  • New, Events
  • Recent Federal Grant and Partnership Opportunities 
  • About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

Spotlight Grant

Community Economic Development Projects with (North) Minneapolis Promise Zone Preference

HHS Community Economic Development Projects Grants

Note: This is a grant forecast; the application is forecasted to open on or about April 07. Inquiries about partnership opportunities between organizations and communities both inside and outside of North Minneapolis are encouraged.

Description: Projects that align with Promise Zones are encouraged. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award approximately $27.2 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low-income.

Eligibility: Applicant must meet three conditions. The CDC designation does not need to be specified on any official documents as long as the three requirements stated below are met:

1. Applicant must be a private, non-profit CDC with 501(c)(3) status;

2. Applicant must have articles of incorporation or bylaws demonstrating that the CDC has as a principal purpose the planning, developing, or managing of low-income housing or community economic development activities; and

3. The Board of Directors must have representation from each of the following: community residents, business leaders, and civic leaders.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations at:

Target Market Program Information and Enrollment Sessions

The City of Minneapolis is hosting information sessions around the Target Market Program, a new procurement process to open up more opportunities to small businesses. Attend these information and enrollment sessions to network with City Procurement staff and enroll in the program on the spot! 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 2:00-3:00pm
Co-hosts: NEON and West Broadway Business and Area Coalition
Emerge Career and Technology Center - 1834 Emerson Ave North, Minneapolis 55411

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 1:00-2:00pm
Co-hosts: Lake Street Council and Corcoran Neighborhood Organization
Corcoran Neighborhood Organization - 3451 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis 55407

More information about Target Market Program
Contact Procurement at or (612)673-2500

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    4146 Fremont Avenue North Redevelopment Project

    Open House to Review Redevelopment Proposals
    4146 Fremont Avenue North

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 6:00-8:00pm
    Webber Community Center - 4400 Dupont Ave N, Minneapolis 55412

    The open house is an opportunity to view the redevelopment proposals under consideration by the City of Minneapolis and provide input to City staff as the evaluation process continues. The City received seve proposals in response to the RFP issued in November 2016. Please see the link below for a summary of the proposals. After an initial review, City staff have selected four finalists for further consideration based on the strength of the proposals and the evaluation criteria identified in the RFP. The four finalists include: Ideal Development Group. JB Vang Partners, Real Cooks Kitchen, and Urban Enterprises Inc.

    Following the open house on April 12, City staff will finish it's internal review and plans to make a recommendation to the City Council in late May or early June 2017 in order to move forward with one of the proposals.

    If you are unable to attend the open house but would like to learn more about the proposals being considered, and provide input to City staff, please see the information below and contact Casey Dziewczynski at (612)673-5070.

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    Don't miss the 3 upcoming Freedom Fires at Freedom Square! Food, bonfire and live entertainment!

    Thursdays, April 27, May 4, May 11 - 6:30-9:30pm
    2034 West Broadway Ave N, Minneapolis (Across the street from the Capri Theater)

    Freedom Fires at Freedom Square In North Minneapolis

    Promise Zone News

    Wine, painting forge new ties in north Minneapolis (03/24 - MPR News)
    The night's assignment was "Afromation," a full-figured black woman, sporting an outsized afro, with affirmations written in her hair. Twenty black women sat at easels in a makeshift studio, ready to paint.

    The quest to build Minnesota's only black credit union in north Minneapolis (04/03 - City Pages)
    Me'Lea Connelly, a private firm manager-turned-economic-activist, recently embarked on the long process of establishing a black-led credit union to solve problems like Moore's. "We have communities that are underserved and also taken advantage of by the most predatory business in our state."

    Top DFL lawmaker's 'white male' comments set off spat on Minnesota House floor (04/04 - Star Tribune)
    The DFL's leader in the state House of Representatives is not apologizing for a crack about white men during a floor speech that led at least one Republican colleague to demand on Tuesday she resign from he leadership post.

    Dance unites Minneapolis high school students from opposite sides of the city (04/04 - Star Tribune)
    Under ordinary circumstances, the 40 students from North and Southwest high schools would never have met. Ten miles of Minneapolis and a world of differences divide them. But there they were, twisting and leaping over one another at the Guthrie Theater last week in a performance that celebrated teen spirit, dance legacy and the bridge-building power of the arts. 


    Twin Cities Mobil Market - It's a Market on a Bus!
    More information

    West Broadway Planning, Zoning and Development Meeting Notice
    April 10, 2017 - 6:30-7:30pm
    NEON - 1007 West Broadway, Minneapolis
    More information

    Open House - Come view four different redevelopment proposals submitted for the City-owned property at 4146 Fremont Ave N
    April 12, 2017 - 6:00-8:00pm
    Webber Community Center - 440 Dupont Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55412
    More information

    Spring Salad Luncheon
    April 19, 2017 - 11:00am-1:00pm
    North United Methodist Church (Contact 612-522-4496 for more information)

    Earth Day 5K Bee Run/Walk/Cleanup
    April 22, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pm
    Boom Island Park - 724 Sibley Street Northeast, Minneapolis
    More information

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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.


    DOD: Department of Defense


    HHS: Department of Health and Human Services


    USDA: Department of Agriculture


    ED: Department of Education

    DOS: Department of State

    NEH: National Endowment for the Humanities

    NSF: National Science Foundation


    HHS: Department of Health and Human Services


    USDOJ: Department of Justice

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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