Promise Zone: Grants and Updates

City of Minneapolis and Promise Zone

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July 19, 2017

Minneapolis Promise Zone Workmark

In this edition of Minneapolis Promise Zone Updates:

  • Community Equity Pipeline Applications Now Open!
  • GetLifted Funding Opportunity
  • Back to School Community Give-a-Way
  • Voices for Racial Justice Bill Watch
  • How Nonprofits Can Show Funders What Success Really Looks Like
  • Bush Fellowship Funding Opportunity
  • News and Events
  • Recent Federal Grant and Partnership Opportunities 
  • About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

Community Equity Pipeline Applications Now Open!

What is CEP?

CEP is an immersive, 10-month program that brings together up to 20 community and non-profit indigenous leaders and leaders of color to have a powerful and influential voice in the legislative process in order to drive social change and transform lives in Minnesota. We do this by deepening the engagement of communities of color and indigenous communities in the legislative process through building connections to people, neighborhoods, and organizations that influence public policy.

Application deadline: July 28, 2017

Who Should Apply?

People of Color and Indigenous People (POCI) from diverse backgrounds with an interest in building power for their communities within the legislative process should apply to this program. More specifically, CEP is for people committed to learning the advocacy process while participating in an immersive experience and engaging others from their community in the work.

More information and application

GetLifted Funding Opportunity

GetLifted is a new initiative to create lasting financial wellness and reduce shame and stigma surrounding personal debt in the North Side of Minneapolis and East Side of St. Paul.

LSS Financial Counseling will partner with local organizations and individuals to provide training in financial education. Following their training, attendees will pass on their new financial knowledge and skills to others in their communities.

GetLifted takes traditional financial education a step further. Community members will not only be provided with knowledge, but also financially empowered and supported to be truly innovative as they share their financial knowledge. GetLifted is about taking risks and working together to find solutions to financial distress. There are so many creative people within both neighborhoods who want to help. This initiative will provide both the resources and opportunity to make a difference. Although LSS Financial Counseling is organizing this initiative, it will truly be driven by the passion and hard work of community members.

Organizations that operate in or serve a population from North Minneapolis or the East Side of St. Paul, and individuals with strong ties to these two communities are encouraged to apply June 19, 2017 through July 21, 2017 to be a part of this innovative project. Following this one month application period, 14 organizations and 18 individuals will be selected to participate. Each selected organization will be responsible for recruiting an additional 3 individuals.

This unprecedented initiative, with a goal of reaching 2,500+ community members, is made possible through generous funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation on behalf of Wells Fargo.

About the GetLifted Financial Education Training

Individuals selected to participate in GetLifted will receive financial education training to share with their community. This will include all four aspects of real-life financial issues individuals and families face:

  • Budgeting in a way that can create savings;
  • Reducing debt and building assets;
  • Building a good credit score; and
  • Protecting consumers from scams and identity theft.

If community members have more in-depth financial questions throughout this process, LSS Financial Counseling staff will provide resources and referrals to assistance.

GetLifted Boundaries for the North Side of Minneapolis and the East Side of St. Paul

Applications for this initiative are exclusively open to individuals and organizations in or with strong ties to these two communities. View the maps and guidelines below for more details.

North Side Boundaries

  • North – 53rd Ave N
  • South – Highway 394
  • East – Highway 9
  • West – Victory Memorial Drive & Theodore Wirth Parkway

East Side Boundaries

  • North - Larpenteur Avenue
  • South - Highway 94, Including Battle Creek area north of Upper Afton Road East
  • East - McKnight Road 
  • West - Highway 35E

More information

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Back to School Community Give-a-Way

Hawthorne Neighborhood Council will be collecting school supplies or donations from
July 12-August 26 for the "Give-a-Way." This is to ensure that every child has a backpack, pencils, paper, pens, rulers, crayons, etc. when they go back to school.

Drop off site: 2944 Emerson Ave. N., Minneapolis

The Give-a-Way will take place on:

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 1:00-4:00pm

2944 Emerson Ave. N., Minneapolis

Lite refreshments will be served!

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    Voices for Racial Justice Bill Watch

    Voices for Racial Justice Bill Watch 

    Voices for Racial Justice selected bills based on their potential to impact racial disparities positively or negatively. Voice for Racial Justice conferred with community leaders and partners from organizations working on multiple issues across the state in selecting bills. A positive racial equity bill must answer "yes" to at least one of the racial equity criteria listed below. A negative racial equity bill must answer "no" to at least one of the racial equity criteria listed below.

    Racial Equity Criteria

    1. Does the legislation directly or indirectly address and/or work to eliminate racial disparities and racial inequities?
    2. Does the legislation seek to help eliminate barriers to access to public benefits and institutions for Native American communities, communities of color and immigrants?
    3. Does the legislation seek to advance full civic participation for everyone is the state?
    4. Does the legislation seek to protect against racial violence, racial profiling, and racial discrimination?
    5. Does the legislation seek to improve conditions for American Indian communities and/or preserve, protect, or strengthen the ability of American Indian tribes to exercise their rightful sovereignty?
    6. Does the legislation seek to improve the conditions of immigrants, undocumented persons and refugees?

    See all bills on the "Watch List"

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    How Nonprofits Can Show Funders What Success Really Looks Like

    A new program called Grantseeker streamlines the grant application process while helping nonprofits collect and analyze data on key performance indicators, so organizations looking for funding will have the numbers to back up their efforts.

    Read the full article

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    Bush Fellowship Funding Opportunity

    The Bush Foundation believes in the power of people. We invest in people who are committed to doing the hard work to make our region better for everyone.

    Imagine if you had the resources, connections and support to do whatever you felt was necessary to become a more effective leader. What would you do? What could that mean for your community?

    The Bush Foundation believes in the power of people to make great ideas happen for their community. Each year, we award the Bush Fellowship to as many as 24 people from across our region. Bush Fellows receive a flexible grant of up to $100,000 which they can use to strengthen their leadership skills.

    The Bush Fellowship is an investment in people who have a record of accomplishment and the potential to do even more for their community. Bush Fellows have shown extraordinary leadership and the ability to inspire those around them. They have a clear vision for what is possible in their community and what type of personal growth and development they need to make that vision a reality.

    The hallmark of the Bush Fellowship is its flexibility. Fellows can use their grant to start or complete an academic degree, or design and pursue a personal learning plan. This flexibility gives them the freedom to think bigger and differently about what is possible for themselves and their community. This pushes Fellows to build skills, make connections and pursue experiences they might not have previously imagined were possible.

    The Bush Fellowship is one way the Bush Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving – within and across sectors – to make our region better for everyone. Since 1965, Bush Fellowships have been awarded to more than 2,300 people across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. 

    We will accept applications for the 2018 Bush Fellowship from August 15, 2017 until September 14, 2017 at noon Central.

    More information and application

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    HUD Awards $6.3M to the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County to Protect Children and Families from Dangerous Lead and Other Home Hazards (06/27 - HUD)
    WASHINGTON - In a continuous effort to keep families and their children safe from lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $127 million to 48 state and local government agencies.

    The 20% Mortgage Down Payment Is Dead (06/28 - Nerd Wallet)
    For first-time home buyers, the challenge of coming up with a 20% mortgage down payment is often difficult enough to keep them out of the market. But the fact is, the 20% down payment is all but dead - and has been for quite some time, especially for first-time buyers. 

    Ballmer Grant Fives Northside Achievement Zone Key Building Block for New Public-Private Partnership (06/28 - Northside Achievement Zone Updates)
    Ballmer Group - the philanthropic organization founded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie - has committed to a five-year, $10 million grant to the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ). The grant is a major boost to NAZ's transition toward a long-term sustainable private-public partnership with individual contributors, community and corporate foundations, the state of Minnesota, and other public entities.

    One north Minneapolis group is trying to connect ex-offenders to a purpose, not just a paycheck (07/07 - Minn Post)
    Sharon Brooks recently developed Hope Works, an organization aimed at connecting ex-offenders to employment opportunities in the Twin Cities, while offering them - after work shifts - programs tailored to help ease the challenges many face after release. 

    10-year-old Minneapolis rapper wants folks to feel 'blessed' (07/10 - Star Tribune)
    Priest Jones is only 10, but he has a message he wants to share with the world. The north Minneapolis-based rapper is about to release his first album, "My LifeSTYLE," which features five tracks performed and written entirely by him. 

    The Rise of Renters - UP WITH THE PEOPLE (The McKnight Foundation)
    It started in a small church in the Lyndale neighborhood of Minneapolis about three years ago. A group of 20 or so renters met to talk about their struggles navigating the housing system in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.

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    Matinee Afternoon held by Hawthorne Neighborhood Council
    July 16, 2017 - 1-4 p.m.
    Hawthorne Neighborhood Council - 2944 North Emerson Ave., Minneapolis

    SBIR Road Tour
    July 17, 2017 - 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    McNamara Alumni Center - 200 SE Oak St. Minneapolis

    Roots - A Northside Fresh Community Potluck
    July 25, 2017 - 4-7 p.m.
    Victory Park - 4414 Upton Ave. N., Minneapolis

    Family Day At Flow held by Urban Homeworks
    July 28, 2017 - 2-4 p.m.
    Urban Homeworks Back Parking Lot - 2015 Emerson Ave. N., Minneapolis

    Job Development Career Fair held by Hennepin County
    August 7, 2017 - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Minneapolis Central Library - 300 Nicollet Mall, Second Floor, Minneapolis 

    ChellengeHER Minneapolis St. Paul
    August 15, 2017 - 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
    St. Paul College - 235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul

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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 Grants: Promise Zone Preference Affordable Housing, Economic Development, and Creative Placemaking

    The following grants have application sections that reference place-based partnerships like the Minneapolis Promise Zone. 

    Department of the Treasury

    The CDFI Fund awards Capital Magnet Fund grants to certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and certain nonprofit organizations to finance: (1) the development, preservation, rehabilitation, or purchase of affordable housing for primarily extremely low-, very low-, and low-income families; and (2) economic development activities or community service facilities, such as day care centers, workforce development centers, and health care clinics, which in conjunction with affordable housing activities implement a concerted strategy to stabilize or revitalize a low-income area or underserved rural area. CMF's award ceiling is 15% of Total Program Funding. Additional details on Application requirements are available on the CDFI Fund’s website. Pay special attention to question 24b: Alignment with Place-based Strategies.

    National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town

    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Complete description at: Where appropriate, Our Town applications should demonstrate how the project will align with other place-based federal grant programs and policies, including, but not limited to, those from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, Delta Regional Authority, and Appalachian Regional Commission. Related federal programs may include Promise Zones, Consolidated Plans, Long Range Transportation Plans, and Asset Management Plans, as well as strategies to modify existing policies.

    City of Minneapolis Information Sessions

    The City of Minneapolis will offer informational sessions about partnering with the City on an Our Town application. 

    • NEW DATE: Tuesday, July 25, 3-4 p.m., Pangea World Theater, 711 W Lake St #101, Minneapolis. Originally scheduled for July 24, but moved to July 25 due to an NEA webinar on July 24.

    RSVP for the information sessions to Jenny at

    The deadline for the City of Minneapolis partnership application process is August 1, 2017.

    National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Webinars

    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will host two webinars about applying for the NEA Our Town grant.

    • July 24, 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Eastern), Our Town: How to Apply Webinar. Design & Creative Placemaking Program Specialists walk through the application process and provide helpful hints for navigating the NEA’s new application portal.
    • July 31, 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Eastern), Our Town: Tips & Tricks for a Successful Application. Design & Creative Placemaking Program Specialists will share tips on how to ensure your Our Town application is clear and compelling. They’ll also walk through the eligibility requirements and other guidelines, and will point you toward additional resources on Creative Placemaking that may be helpful as you put final touches on your application.  

    Please note that the times listed on the NEA website are Eastern time. Read the complete details on the NEA webpage - OUR TOWN: How to Prepare and Submit an Application - Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects.

    Other Federal Grants


    HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

    The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for the Refugee Career Pathways (RCP) Program. Through the RCP Program ORR will provide funding to implement projects assisting refugees to qualify for licenses and certifications necessary to attain employment and improve self-sufficiency. Allowable activities will include case management, training and technical assistance, specialized English language training, and mentoring. Grantees may also provide refugee participants with financial assistance for costs related to the establishment or re-establishment of credentials, such as obtaining educational credits or enrollment in required certification programs. Grantees are encouraged to collaborate with professional associations, universities, and others with expertise in this area to facilitate career opportunities in ways that supplement, rather than supplant, existing services.

    DOL: Department of Labor

    Under the authority of Section 21(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), the U .S. Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established its discretionary grant program in 1978. In 1997, the program was renamed in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment. The program offers an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to compete annually for funding so they may develop and conduct training and education programs for small business employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of occupational safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act. For FY 2017, OSHA announces the availability of approximately $10.5 million to fund new Susan Harwood Training Grants. OSHA expects to award multiple grants to eligible nonprofit organizations under this competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Program funding will be for a 12-month period beginning no later than September 30, 2017, and ending on September 30, 2018. Grant awards will not exceed $155,000 for a Targeted Topic Training grant or $50,000 for a Training and Education Material Development grant.


    USDA: Department of Agriculture

    Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas. USDA SBIR's flexible research areas ensure innovative projects consistent with USDA's vision of a healthy and productive nation in harmony with the land, air, and water. USDA SBIR Program has awarded over 2000 research and development projects since 1983, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential, and providing an incentive to profit from the commercialization of innovative ideas.

    HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

    The purpose of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to develop a technology/device that objectively indicates the presence and level of pain. 


    DOI: Department of the Interior

    Grants support the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks. Within one year of the completion of the grant, all projects must result in: the submission of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark program OR an amendment to an existing National Register or National Historic Landmark nomination to include underrepresented communities.

    NARA: National Archives and Records Administration

    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may: 

    • Digitize historical records collections, or related collections, held by a single institution and make them freely available online 
    • Provide access to born-digital records 
    • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions 
    • Create new tools and methods for users to access records The NHPRC welcomes collaborative projects, particularly for bringing together related records from multiple institutions.

      Projects that address significant needs in the field and result in replicable and scalable approaches will be more competitive. We also encourage organizations to actively engage the public in the work of the project. Applicants should also consult Access to Historical Records: Archival Projects program, which has different requirements and award amounts. For a comprehensive list of Commission limitations on funding, please see: "What we do and do not fund" ( Applications that consist entirely of ineligible activities will not be considered. Award Information A grant is for one to three years and for between $100,000 and $350,000. We expect to make up to five grants in this category for a total of up to $1,000,000. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2019.

    NARA: National Archives and Records Administration

    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may:

    • Digitize historical records collections, or related collections, held by a single institution and make them freely available online
    • Provide access to born-digital records 
    • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions 
    • Create new tools and methods for users to access records The NHPRC welcomes collaborative projects, particularly for bringing together related records from multiple institutions.

      Projects that address significant needs in the field and result in replicable and scalable approaches will be more competitive. We also encourage organizations to actively engage the public in the work of the project. Applicants should also consult Access to Historical Records: Archival Projects program, which has different requirements and award amounts. For a comprehensive list of Commission limitations on funding, please see: "What we do and do not fund" ( Applications that consist entirely of ineligible activities will not be considered. Award Information A grant is for one to three years and between $100,000 and $350,000. We expect to make up to five grants in this category for a total of up to $1,000,000. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2019.


    HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

    This notice solicits applications for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education (LPHSWE) Program. The LPHSWE Program aims to provide training and education, faculty development, and curriculum enhancement to prepare students for leadership roles in public health social work through enrollment in a dual master’s degree program in both social work and public health.  Students benefit from dual enrollment in accredited schools of social work and public health by receiving training, education, and practice experience in interprofessional practice, leadership and management, research and evaluation, and policy development.

    ED: Department of Education

    Purpose of Program: The American History and Civics Education-- National Activities Grants Program promotes innovative instruction, learning strategies, and professional development in American history, civics and government, and geography, with an emphasis on activities and programs that benefit low-income students and underserved populations. Background: This competition provides funding to support the development, implementation, expansion, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based instructional approaches and professional development activities and programs in American history, civics and government, and geography in elementary and secondary schools. This competition includes an absolute priority for projects serving high-need students to help these students improve learning outcomes for these students. This competition includes an absolute priority for projects that show potential to improve student achievement in, and teaching of, these subjects, and that demonstrate innovation, scalability, accountability, and a focus on underserved populations. Additionally, we include a competitive preference priority for projects that leverage technology to support professional development and instructional practice, which may lead to increased student engagement and help accelerate learning. This competition also includes a requirement for applicants to propose project-specific performance measures and performance targets consistent with the objectives of the proposed project.

    NSF: National Science Foundation

    NSF's Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) have joined to support the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program. This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, and university faculty and studentsto enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college facultythrough participation inauthentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers. The research projects and experiences all revolve around a focused research area related to engineering and/or computer science that will provide a common cohort experience to the participating educators. The K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty also translate their research experiences and new scientific knowledge into their classroom activities and curricula. The university team will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industrial advisors. Involvement of graduate students in support of academic-year classroom activities is particularly encouraged. Partnerships with inner city, rural or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. As part of the long-term partnership arrangements, university undergraduate/graduate students will partner with pre-college/community college faculty in their classrooms during the academic year to support the integration of the RET curricular materials into classroom activities. This announcement features two mechanisms for support of in-service and pre-service K-12 STEM teachers and full-time community college faculty: (1) RET supplements to ongoing ENG and CISE awards and (2) new RET Site awards. RET supplements may be included outside this solicitation in proposals for new or renewedENG and CISEgrants or as supplements to ongoing ENG- and CISE-funded projects. RET in Engineering and Computer Science Sites, through this solicitation, are based on independent proposals from engineering and/or computer and/or information science departments, schools or colleges to initiate and conduct research participation projects for K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty.

    Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments 

    A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation's health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. Both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience. In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in evidence-based and evidence-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying instruction and curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields. The goals of these investments include: increasing the number and diversity of STEM students; preparing students well to participate in science for tomorrow; and improving students' STEM learning outcomes. NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, launched in Fiscal Year 2014, supports a coherent set of investments to address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. The NSF-wide IUSE initiative acknowledges the variety of discipline-specific challenges and opportunities facing STEM faculty as they strive to incorporate results from educational research into classroom practice and work with education research colleagues and social science learning scholars to advance our understanding of effective teaching and learning. The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) contributes to the IUSE initiative through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) funding opportunity. IUSE: GEOPATHS invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to undergraduate education within the geosciences community. The primary goal of the IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity is to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. In order to broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority. The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation features two funding tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA), and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).

    DOT: Department of Transportation

    The DDETFP Graduate Fellowship provides funding for students to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in transportation-related disciplines. The program objectives are: 1) to attract the Nation's brightest minds to the field of transportation; 2) to enhance the careers of transportation professionals by encouraging them to seek advanced degrees; and 3) to retain top talent in the transportation industry of the United States. The DDETFP is intended to bring innovation and enhance the breadth and scope of knowledge of the entire transportation community in the United States.

    DOS: Department of State

    The U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City invites proposals for projects that focus on at least one of the priority women’s empowerment programs and target audiences specified including Professional Skills, Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) and Business, Media & Arts, Civil Society, Women in Politics and Governance, and Underprivileged and Vulnerable Groups.


    HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

    This notice solicits applications for the Health Center Program’s Service Area Competition (SAC).  The Health Center Program supports public and private nonprofit community-based and patient-directed organizations that provide primary health care services to the Nation’s medically underserved.  The purpose of the SAC NOFO is to ensure continued access to affordable, quality primary health care services for communities and vulnerable populations currently served by the Health Center Program. This NOFO details the SAC eligibility requirements, review criteria, and awarding factors for organizations seeking funding for operational support to provide primary health care services to an announced service area under the Health Center Program.  For the purposes of this document, the term “health center” encompasses Health Center Program award recipients funded under the following subsections: Community Health Center (CHC – section 330(e)), Migrant Health Center (MHC – section 330(g)), Health Care for the Homeless (HCH – section 330(h)), and/or Public Housing Primary Care (PHPC – section 330(i)).

    Environmental Protection Agency
    National Priorities:Transdisciplinary Research into Detecting and Controlling Lead in Drinking Water Synopsis 1 
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications proposing to (1) identify communities that are at a high risk of experiencing the adverse health effects of lead in drinking water; (2) identify opportunities to mitigate these risks; and (3) conduct educational and outreach efforts so that water system managers and the general public are aware of these risks and opportunities.

    The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support mechanistic clinical studies aimed at understanding the impact of arts-based approaches in palliative care for symptom management. This FOA is intended to support mechanistic clinical studies to provide an evidence base for the use of the arts in palliative care for symptom management. The objective is to understand the biological, physiological, neurological, psychological, and/or sociological mechanisms by which the arts exert their effects on symptom management during and throughout the palliative care continuum. The goal is for the research supported under this FOA to develop an evidence-base that could be used as a basis for the uptake of arts-based therapies in palliative care settings, among individuals across the lifespan, with a wide variety of serious chronic conditions and their accompanying symptoms. This FOA is not intended to determine efficacy or the comparative effectiveness of interventions, or to assess interventions designed to treat the underlying cause of a particular disease state.

    The purpose of this initiative is to support Phase 2 clinical trials to develop and test strategies to increase the utilization of cardiovascular rehabilitation (CR) and pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in eligible patients. The objectives are to test novel promising approaches to increase use of CR and PR overall, to reduce disparities in their utilization, and to document improvement in key clinical and patient-centered outcomes from CR and PR performed in either traditional or non-traditional settings. Investigators with expertise in the areas of CR, PR, and implementation science should consider applying for this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Collaborative investigations combining expertise in telehealth, internet-based interventions, behavioral modification, and other novel techniques for health-related interventions are encouraged.


    HUD: Department of Housing and Urban Development

    The CoC Program (24 CFR part 578) is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.


    USDA: Department of Agriculture

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (P.L. 115-31) provides approximately $5 million in discretionary grant funds to support State and local agencies in collecting and reporting outcome data for SNAP E&T programs, as well as additional funds for technical assistance, so that States can become more effective, data driven E&T providers. The purpose of the SNAP E&T Data and Technical Assistance (DATA) Grants is to support the development of State SNAP E&T data collection and reporting systems.


    USDOJ: Department of Justice

    Vision 21 Integrated Services for Victims Program: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime (Vision 21 ISV Program), consists of three purpose areas: (1) developing a suicide prevention gatekeeper training curriculum to increase the capacity of crime victim advocates to help prevent suicide; (2) increasing access to services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who have a serious mental illness; and (3) increasing access to mental health services for traditionally underserved victims of crime. The Vision 21 ISV Program will promote a collaborative approach to the delivery of direct services by requiring crime victim services providers and clinical mental health service providers to form strategic partnerships to develop and implement project developed under purpose areas 2 and 3 of this program.

    DHS: Department of Homeland Security

    The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program makes available Federal funds to State, Local and Tribal Governments to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters. FEMA will provide allocations of $575,000 as required by the Stafford Act to states and territories; and a tribal set aside of $10 million for allocations up to $575,000 for Native American Indian tribal governments to support overall mitigation planning and projects. The remaining PDM funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with a focus on multi-state/tribal mitigation initiatives. Applicants must submit applications via the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal: Applicants may submit a maximum of 9 project sub-applications notwithstanding any project(s) submitted for the state/territory allocation or tribal set aside. In addition, any state or tribe willing to serve as the applicant for a multi-state or tribal activity may submit one additional plan or project subapplication. 

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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.

    Contact information: Juli Leerssen, (612) 225-7721

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    For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, or to add content 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