Promise Zone: Grants and Updates

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April 19, 2017

Minneapolis Promise Zone Workmark

In this edition of Minneapolis Promise Zone Updates:

  • Feature Story: Minneapolis Homes Build
  • National Small Business Week - April 30 - May 6
  • News, Events
  • Recent Federal Grant and Partnership Opportunities 
  • About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

Feature Story: Minneapolis Homes BUILD

Vacant lots owned by the City of Minneapolis are available for purchase for new home construction.

The BUILD homebuyer incentive provides up to $20,000 in need-based homebuyer assistance to purchase a vacant lot and construct a new 1-4 unit home through the Minneapolis Homes Build program. An additional $5,000 is available to active, uniformed, sworn City of Minneapolis police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and full-time Minneapolis Public School pre-K – 12 teachers.

    Steps to Purchase a City Property

    National Small Business Week
    April 30 - May 6, 2017 


    The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses (Presented by Visa)
    Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 1:00-200pm

    5 Fabulous Habits of Local Business Champions (Presented by YP)
    Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 1:00-2:00pm

    Grow Your Business Online (Presented by Google)
    Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 3:00-4:00pm

    The Future of Small Business Innovation (Presented by Salesforce)
    Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 1:30-2:30pm

    How to Write Your Email Content in 15 Minutes or Less (Prensented by Constant Contact)
    Thursday, May 4, 2017 -  2:30-3:30pm

    Find the Hidden Money in America (Presented by Chase)
    Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 4:00-5:00pm

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    Promise Zone News

    Community Voices: Minneapolis students advocate for reproductive rights in light of threatened funding cuts (04/09 - Twin Cities Daily Planet)
    In this video titled "Something Here Does Not Belong," Minneapolis South High School VOICES students Alex Zeta, Izzy Quast and Adrianna Medloc spoke with social service providers, faith leaders and advocates to highlight the complexities and multifaceted support behind reproductive rights.

    Black Leaders Urge Lawmakers To Rethink Metro Transit Cuts (04/13 - CBS Minnesota)
    Black religious leaders in the Twin Cities made an appeal Thursday to Christian legislators to reconsider proposed cuts to Metro Transit. A group of ministers spoke at a news conference about the transportation bills proposed in the legislature, which would bring service cutbacks and fare increases to the transit operator.

    A new Approach To Helping Men of Color Heal After A Violent Incident (04/13 - NPR)
    Young black and Latino men are more likely than any other group to be the victims of violent crime, but American society has devoted too few resources to helping these young men heal after their violent encounters, according to researchers with New York City's Vera Institute of Justice. 

    Job Seekers, High School Graduates Can Get Training to Build LRT Extensions (04/17 - Metropolitan Council)
    To help people develop the skills to land these construction jobs, the Metropolitan Council and its Southwest Project Office are working with several organizations to offer 10 weeks of free union-led training for up to 80 people and six weeks of training for 10 soon-to-be-high school graduates.

    Coffee with Cops


    Coffee With a Cop
    Every Tuesday until the end of May - 11:00am
    McDonalds - 916 West Broadway Ave N, Minneapolis

    Civics 101 Community Forum with Congressman Keith Ellison
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 6:30-8:00pm
    7800 Golden Valley Rd, Minneapolis MN 55427

    Northside Business Speed-Networking Expo
    Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 9:00-10:30am
    EMERGE Career and Technology Center - 1834 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis MN 

    18th Annual SADBOC Government Procurement Fair
    Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 9:00am-3:00pm
    Earle Brown Heritage Center - 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

    Freedom Fire
    Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:30-9:30pm
    2034 West Broadway Ave 

    Franklin's Best of Year Show
    Friday, April 28 - Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    2400 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis MN 55411

    Our Northside! - Northside Neighborhoods 2020 Conversation
    Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am-2:00pm
    Penn and Lowry Intersection - 3201 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55412

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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.


    DOT: Federal Transport Administration - Federal Highway Administration

    The DOT hereby requests applications to result in awards to eligible entities to develop model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment. These model deployments are expected to provide benefits in the form of: reduced traffic-related fatalities and injuries; reduced traffic congestion and improved travel time reliability; reduced transportation-related emissions; optimized multimodal system performance; improved access to transportation alternatives, including for underserved populations; public access to real time integrated traffic, transit, and multimodal transportation information to make informed travel decisions; cost savings to transportation agencies, businesses, and the traveling public; or other benefits to transportation users and the general public.


    Accessible Housing and Technology Research and Demonstration (HUD may award 1-4 grants, with the sum total of all awards not to exceed $2,000,000).

    HUD: Department of Housing and Urban Development

    To fund technical studies to improve existing methods for detecting and controlling key housing-related health and safety hazards, including lead-based paint hazards; to develop new methods to detect and control these hazards; and to improve our knowledge of these key housing-related health and safety hazards.


    NSF: National Science Foundation

    The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession in order to improve quality of life for all peoples. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; and it must be equally open and accessible to all.

    USDA : Department of Agriculture

    This program supports research and extension projects that have robust collaborations to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields that are relevant to USDA priorities identified by the Secretary: (i) Promotion of a safe, sufficient, and nutritious food supply for all Americans and for people around the world; (ii) Sustainable agricultural policies that foster economic viability for small and mid-sized farms and rural businesses, protect natural resources, and promote value-added agriculture; (iii) national leadership in climate change mitigation and adaptation; (iv) Building a modern workplace with a modern workforce; and (v) Support for 21st century rural communities. Link to funded project abstracts.


    DOI: Department of the Interior

    The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking applications for master cooperative agreements from organizations within the CESU network to carry out the CFDA program 15.945, Cooperative Research and Training Programs – Resources of the National Park System. The objectives of the CESU program are: a. Provide usable knowledge to support informed decision making. b. Ensure the independence and objectivity of research. c. Create and maintain effective partnerships among the Federal agencies and universities to share resources and expertise. d. Take full advantage of university resources while benefiting faculty and students. e. Encourage professional development of current and future Federal scientists, resource managers, and environmental leaders. f. Manage Federal resources effectively. Great Rivers (Includes Minnesota) Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit University of Minnesota contact info:


    DHS: Department of Homeland Security

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Grants Programs Directorate is responsible for the implementation and administrations of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. 


    DOS: Department of State

    The Embassy of the United States in London invites eligible organizations to submit proposals to develop and implement a 14 to 21-day group exchange program to the United States for up to 10 UK-based high school aged participants to focus on efforts in the U.S. to counter hate crimes and build community resilience to conflict. With a strong focus on community and engagement with American interlocutors, UK participants will immerse themselves in U.S. society through discussions, dialogue groups, workshops, site visits, professional appointments, and cultural and social activities.


    DOS: Department of State

    The Humphrey Fellowship is a one-year, non-degree, full scholarship program offered to promising mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, and a strong commitment to public service. Participants spend one year at a leading U.S. university working in a self-designed program of independent study and participate in professional affiliations off-campus, field trips, special workshops and seminars in their field of study. Fellows are selected based on their potential for national leadership and commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.


    USDA: Department of Agriculture

    Within the states and territories, the Cooperative Extension System has repeatedly served as the trusted community organization that has helped to enable families, communities, and businesses to successfully prepare for, respond to and cope with disaster losses and critical incidents. Once a disaster has occurred, the local extension outreach includes: 1) Communicating practical science-based risk information, 2) Developing relevant educational experiences and programs, 3) Working with individuals and communities to open new communication channels, and 4) Mitigating losses and facilitating recovery. NIFA intends to fund Special Needs projects to implement applied scientific programs that serve public needs in preparation for, during and after local or regional emergency situations.


    HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

    The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is soliciting applications for the Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with Head Start programs and with faculty mentors. Competitive applicants will 1) demonstrate a collaborative partnership with their program partners, and 2) pursue research questions that directly inform local, state, or federal policy relevant to multiple early care and education practices.

    The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) is soliciting applications for Child Care Research Scholars grants to support dissertation research on child care policy issues. These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for child care policy decision-making and program administration, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. For further information about prior awards made to Child Care Research Scholars, see


    NEH: National Endowment for the Humanities

    Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that cogently interpret and analyze humanities content in formats that will attract broad public audiences. Digital platforms—such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments—can reach diverse audiences and bring the humanities to life for the American people. The program offers three levels of support for digital projects: grants for Discovery projects (early-stage planning work), Prototyping projects (proof-of-concept development work), and Production projects (end-stage production and distribution work).

    IMLS: Institute of Museum and Library Services

    The Native American Library Services Basic Grant Program is noncompetitive and distributed in equal amounts among eligible applicants. Basic Grants are available to support existing library operations and to maintain core library services. The Education/Assessment Option is supplemental to the Basic Grants. It is also noncompetitive and must be requested. The Education/Assessment Option provides funding for tribal library staff to attend library-related continuing education courses or training workshops; attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services; and hire a consultant for an onsite professional library assessment.


    USDA: Department of Agriculture

    The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities.

    This is an announcement is subject to the availability of funds for one new cooperative agreement for FY 2017-2020 with a public or private Academic or Research Institution. The USDA anticipates awarding up to $1.5 million in grant funding to support the creation of a Mobile Technology for Child Nutrition Research Innovation Laboratory. This “lab” will support the development, testing and implementation of innovative mobile technology-based solutions to improve services, effectiveness, participation, and customer satisfaction in the Child Nutrition (CN) programs through subgrants. Subgrantees may include partnerships between State and local programs, researchers, and small businesses that are well-positioned to develop and test the effectiveness of novel mobile applications for consideration and eventual use by FNS and State agencies. FNS has a particular interest in mobile technology solutions that integrate behavioral economic approaches in their design. Mobile applications developed under this grant should support the activities of those who administer Child Nutrition programs and/or improve service delivery for program participants.

    The long-term goal of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area (AFRI COP) is to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents ages 2–19 years or any subset of this age range. In FY 2017, applications are sought by the program area priority of Integrated Approaches to Prevent Childhood Obesity under this Request for Applications (RFA).


    HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

    In September, 2000, the Pew Environmental Health Commission issued a report entitled America's Environmental Health Gap: Why the Country Needs a Nationwide Health Tracking Network. In this report, the Commission documented that the existing environmental health systems were inadequate and fragmented and recommended a Nationwide Health Tracking Network for disease and exposures. In response to the report, Congress appropriated funds in the fiscal year 2002's budget for the CDC to establish National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Tracking Program) and Network and has appropriated funds each year thereafter to continue this effort. Environmental Public Health Tracking (Tracking) is the integrated surveillance of health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and local sources.

    Approximately 86 million Americans, or 1 in 3 adults, have prediabetes. Prediabetes is a health condition characterized by blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. People with prediabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Prediabetes is treatable, but only about 10 percent of people who have it are aware that they do. The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is a partnership of public and private organizations working collectively to build the program delivery infrastructure for an evidence-based lifestyle change program for adults with prediabetes to prevent or delay onset of type 2 diabetes.

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications for Phased Innovation (R21/R33) projects to determine whether reductions in illicit drug use are associated with positive changes in health-related and other functional outcomes in individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs). Functional outcomes include, for example, reductions in morbidity, mortality, criminal justice involvement, overall healthcare expenditures.

    The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications proposing to test approaches for expanding medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) in the general health care sector or linking individuals with OUDs who receive naloxone for the reversal of overdose to MAT in the context of states plans for use of the funds authorized under the 21st Century Cures Act.

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to advance research on male-females differences in drug and alcohol abuse and addiction and on factors specific to women. Both human and animal model studies are sought. 

    The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will support a three-year cooperative agreement for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Program Performance Management System Development and Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting. This three-year funding opportunity will continue to support the CSBG Performance Management Framework.  

    The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will support one cooperative agreement for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Learning Communities Resource Center (LCRC). This cooperative agreement is intended to support a 3-year effort for the CSBG LCRC to build the long-term capacity of the CSBG Network by promoting and regularly convening several specific learning communities (defined in the Definitions of Terms later on in this section) and improving access to validated quality T/TA information and resources (i.e., innovative, evidence-based, evidence-informed, field tested, exemplary, and/or promising practices).

    This FOA invites applications from qualified institutions to create or continue Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Coordinating Center (CC). The RCMAR Program aims to enhance the diversity of the aging research workforce by mentoring promising scientists from under-represented groups for sustained careers in aging research. RCMARs focus on priority areas of social, behavioral, and economic research on the processes of aging at the individual or societal level.

    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications from qualified institutions for the creation or continuation of Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMARs). The primary purpose of this FOA is (1) to support centers that will enhance the diversity of the aging research workforce by mentoring promising scientists from under-represented groups for sustained careers in aging research in a selected area of scientific focus, and (2) to develop infrastructure to promote advances in this area and increase the number of researchers focused on the health and well-being of minority elders.


    USDOJ: Department of Justice

    In order to assist justice involved adults with maintaining long-term attachments to the workforce, practitioners must be able to assess those at high risk for job loss, identify specific criminogenic risks, and develop programming in response to identified risk/need areas. In addition, practitioners must maintain a communication style that supports exploration of the values, thoughts and feelings that lead to job loss and recidivism. The Reentry Employment Series provides practitioners with the knowledge, skills and abilities to assist justice involved adults as they explore the values, thoughts and feelings that lead to job loss and recidivism.

    This solicitation seeks to address the enduring issue of child and youth victimization through state-level demonstration projects. Although many systems exist to respond to issues caused by child and youth victimization, these systems often fail to communicate and collaborate effectively to get to the root of the problem. The competitively awarded state-level demonstration sites will bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach. This approach will ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term.  

    The deliverables from this cooperative agreement will contribute to the mission of NIC by promoting the ongoing development and advancement of correctional practices by developing a standardized approach to performance and outcome measurement for the community corrections (local and state probation) field. Accurate and detailed documentation of case information, along with a formal and valid mechanism for measuring outcomes, is the foundation of evidence-based practice. Evidence-based practice implies that 1) one outcome is desired over others; 2) it is measurable; and 3) it is defined according to practical realities (i.e. public safety) rather than immeasurable moral or value-oriented standards. As suggested in The Pew Center Public Safety Performance Project- “Policy Framework to Strengthen Community Corrections”, community corrections agencies should implement a systemic performance measurement model, which includes measures of outcomes in key performance areas to provide regular objective and quantitative feedback on how well agencies are achieving their goals.

    The goal of this project is to determine whether the ERI effectively identifies the precursors, obstacles, and personality traits that influence an offender's separation from the workforce. In addition, this project will explore the relationship between offender employment retention and recidivism. The major deliverables of this project include (1) the use of a system to capture and evaluate data and (2) a written report that summarizes project findings, recommendations, and potential next steps. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Community Services Division.

    The purpose of this solicitation is to promote multidisciplinary research in the area of safety, health, and wellness for the criminal justice community in support of the NIJ Safety, Health, and Wellness Strategic Research Plan 2016-2021.Applicants should submit proposals that address one of the three categories identified below. Application titles should clearly indicate the category proposed. Each category aligns with specific objectives within the Safety, Health, and Wellness Strategic Research Plan. Applicants should note that each category seeks to improve health and wellness in specific populations using different researcher strategies and goals. 

    NIJ seeks proposals for funding to assist in defraying the costs associated with postconviction DNA testing in cases of violent felony offenses (as defined by State law) in which actual innocence might be demonstrated. Funds may be used to identify and review such postconviction cases and to locate and analyze associated biological evidence. This supports the DOJ mission to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. While successful exonerations to correct injustice are notable program outcomes, the careful review, consideration and closing of cases subjected to postconviction DNA testing that do not ultimately demonstrate innocence also work to advance the public's interest that justice has been fairly applied.

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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