Promise Zone: Grants and Updates

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August 3, 2017

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In this edition of Minneapolis Promise Zone Updates:

  • Mapping Prejudice Needs Your Help to Make History
  • Spotlight Grant: Promise Zone PreferenceApply for The Minneapolis Foundation Community Impact Grant
  • All-In Cities Toolkit Now Available
  • U of MN Study Proves Equitable Cycling Has Made Progress in Minneapolis
  • New Interactive Report: Innovation in Economic Development
  • News and Events
  • Recent Federal Grant and Partnership Opportunities 
  • About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

Mapping Prejudice Needs Your Help to Make History

From Historyopolis, a team of historians are relying on volunteers to make the first-ever map of racial covenants for an American city.

Racially-restrictive deeds --or racial covenants, as they are also known--prohibited people who were not white from purchasing or occupying homes. One common deed in Minneapolis stipulated that the "premises shall not at any time be conveyed, mortgaged or leased to any person or persons of Chinese, Japanese, Moorish, Turkish, Negro, Mongolian or African blood or descent."

These kinds of restrictions were used all over the United States, serving as the building blocks for a forgotten system of American apartheid. But no one has ever mapped when and where they were embedded into the urban landscape. 

Most Minneapolitans think that their city was never burdened by the Jim Crow-type formal segregation of the American South. The city never had segregated watering fountains. But it was blanketed by racially-restrictive property deeds, which kept many desirable neighborhoods in the city exclusively white for most of the twentieth century. 

Mapping Prejudice wants to illuminate these forgotten boundaries of race. It is a collaborative effort by researchers at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota to find and map all the properties in Minneapolis reserved for white people during the twentieth century. 

Community volunteers are making this possible. Our team has identified 5,000 racially-restrictive deeds. We are certain that we will find another 15,000 covenants. But we need help reading and classifying the historic deeds that we have flagged as likely to contain this language. 

This is a simple task that can be done from any computer with an internet connection. For a more detailed description, please see our online tutorial.

We are also happy to speak to groups or classes. Please use the contact form on our website to get in touch if you would like to host a volunteer training.

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Spotlight Grant: Promise Zone Preference

ED: Department of Education

The Promise Neighborhoods program is newly authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program is to significantly improve the academic and developmental outcomes of children living in the most distressed communities of the United States, including ensuring school readiness, high school graduation, and access to a community-based continuum of high-quality services. The program serves neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income individuals; multiple signs of distress, which may include high rates of poverty, childhood obesity, academic failure, and juvenile delinquency, adjudication, or incarceration; and schools implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities under section 1111(d) of the ESEA.

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Apply for The Minneapolis Foundation Community Impact Grant 

Apply for a Grant

About the Community Grants Process
The Minneapolis Foundation awards community grants through a competitive process. Before applying for a grant, please review the Strategic Framework and Grant Guidelines to ensure that your organization's work aligns with the goals of the Foundation. You are also encouraged to talk to the Directors of Strategic Impact to discuss your ideas before applying. Please call if you'd like to have a brief conversation.

The majority of competitive grants are awarded on an annual cycle. On occasion, special funding opportunities are offered such as issue-specific Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

Two types of support are considered through the Foundation's main competitive community grant round:

  • General Operating Support: The Foundation makes grants to support the core operations of nonprofit organizations with missions and activities that are highly aligned with our key drivers and key results.
  • Project Support: Some grants are made to support specific projects or programs that are highly aligned with the Foundation's key drivers and key results. There include programs that meet community needs, as well as activities that will enhance the nonprofit's ability to achieve its mission, increase the scale of its operation, and deliver services more effectively.

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All-In Cities Policy Toolkit Now Available

By putting equity at the center of municipal policies - from economic development and city planning to housing and the justice system - American cities can help create a future of shared prosperity in which all can participate and thrive. Conducting racial equity impact assessments of existing and proposed policies is a good way to start integrating an equity approach throughout government.

View the toolkit

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U of MN Study Proves Equitable Cycling Has Made Progress in Minneapolis

As the movement to promote bicycling as a means of transportation has grown, so has the amount of money government and nonprofit organizations are investing in the nation's urban bicycling infrastructure. A concern, however, is whether these investments are distributed equitably among neighborhoods. In a new study, U of M researchers looked at this issue using Minneapolis as a case study and found that though inequities still exist, equity is improving.

"Our analyses showed that bikeways are not distributed equally. For example, we found that urban trails are more likely to be in wealthier neighborhoods with a higher percentage of white residents," says Jueyu Wang, a doctoral candidate in the Humprey School of Public Affairs and the study's principal author. "The good news is that investments made in bikeway infrastructure between 2010 and 2014 increase the equity of the bikeway distribution, indicating that the city has made progress."

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New Interactive Report: Innovation in Economic Development

A new interactive report on Innovation in Economic Development has been posted on the City website. This report focuses on City spending with women and minority-owned businesses. City staff, elected officials, and community leaders discussed the report at a roundtable conversation on July 26. This report and roundtable are part of the City Goal Results Minneapolis program.

See the full report

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Northside Storyville (07/11 - Northside Funders Group)
The Northside Funders Group is committed to changing the narrative of North Minneapolis by lifting up stories of resilience, innovation and progress. Residents, civic leaders and business owners called on us to invest in work that pivots away from the existing downtrodden messages about North Minneapolis to highlight the innovators, artists, business owners, investors and builders in our community. 

DWB Foundation donates $60,000 to boxing club (07/19 - Lakeshore Weekly News)
The DWB Memorial Foundation has given the Fighting Change Boxing Club in North Minneapolis $60,000 to continue to help youth through boxing and physical fitness. Foundation board members presented a check to the club Thursday, July 13, at their facility at 1704 N. 33rd Ave. in Minneapolis. DWB selected Fighting Change Boxing Club to be the recipient of the proceeds of the sixth annual David Bigham Golf Extravaganza event, which was held June 5 at Windsong Farm Golf Club. More than 150 golfers and many generous sponsors honored David Wynn Bigham by participating in the event.

Students in north Minneapolis rally to change perceptions of who is college-bound (07/19 - Minn Post)
When Patricia Abrams heard a bunch of commotion outside of her home off Penn Avenue in north Minneapolis last Thursday morning, she made her way to the fence at the front of her yard to get a better look. There, she found more than 200 people, many of them students, escorted by local police officers, strolling down the street chanting and holding handmade signs that offered a simple message: We're going to college. Joined by some family members and neighbors who had also come to take in the scene, Abrams cheered them on.

Multicultural food co-op in North Minneapolis set to open in August (07/19 - Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)
After its opening being delayed by more than a year, the Wirth Cooperative Grocery in the Willard-Hay neighborhood of North Minneapolis will open in early August. The co-op, which already has 750 member owners, will have a soft opening Aug. 10 followed by a larger opening ceremony in mid-October, said Winston Bell, Wirth's General Manager.

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Eat of the Avenue
Every Thursday - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
NEON - 1007 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

West Broadway Farmers Market
Every Friday - 3-7 p.m.
2034 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

Klassics Pop-Up Vol. 2
August 6, 2017 - 6-10:30 p.m.
1210 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

Listening Sessions hosted by the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage
August 7, 2017 - 5:30-7:45 p.m.
2001 Plymouth Ave N, Room 107, Minneapolis

Appetite For Change Summer Block Party 2017
August 19, 2017 - 12-5 p.m.
1200 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

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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.


DOL: Department of Labor

This program is intended to provide technical assistance (“TA”) to employers and labor unions to encourage employment of women in apprenticeable occupations and nontraditional occupations (“A/NTO”), specifically by: • Developing (establishing, expanding or enhancing) pre-apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs designed to prepare women for careers in A/NTO; • Providing ongoing orientations for employers, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women in A/NTO; and/or • Setting up support groups and facilitating networks for women in A/NTO, to improve their retention. Applicants may propose to provide technical assistance to support women’s participation and success in the full range of industries in which women are traditionally underrepresented or disproportionately concentrated in the lower-wage occupations. Such industries include but are not limited to: advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, information technology, and transportation.

This program is intended to provide technical assistance (“TA”) to employers and labor unions to encourage employment of women in apprenticeable occupations and nontraditional occupations (“A/NTO”), specifically by: • Developing (establishing, expanding or enhancing) pre-apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs designed to prepare women for careers in A/NTO; • Providing ongoing orientations for employers, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women in A/NTO; and/or • Setting up support groups and facilitating networks for women in A/NTO, to improve their retention. Applicants may propose to provide technical assistance to support women’s participation and success in the full range of industries in which women are traditionally underrepresented or disproportionately concentrated in the lower-wage occupations. Such industries include but are not limited to: advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, information technology, and transportation.

EDUCATION AND STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

DOT: Department of Transportation

The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Local Competition program aims to attract the nation's brightest minds to the field of transportation; enhance the careers of transportation professionals by encouraging them to seek advanced degrees; and to retain top talent in the transportation industry of the United States. The DDETFP Local Competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), and Community Colleges (CC) provides funding for students to pursue Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in transportation-related disciplines. The purpose of the DDETFP Local Competition is to stimulate interest among students attending HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, and CCs to conduct transportation-related research, pursue transportation-related degrees, to enter the transportation workforce, and to bring innovation and to enhance the breadth and scope of knowledge of the entire transportation community in the United States.

NSF: National Science Foundation

The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills. The DRK-12 program invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching. The program recognizes the synergy among the three strands and that there is some overlap and interdependence among them. However, proposals should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts (i.e., assessment, learning, or teaching) consistent with the proposal’s main objectives and research questions. The program supports five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses. All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is an alliance-based program. The program's theory is based on the Tinto model for student retention<sup>1</sup>.The overall goal of the program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. The LSAMP program takes a comprehensive approach to student development and retention. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines. The LSAMP program also supports knowledge generation, knowledge utilization, program impact and dissemination type activities. The program seeks new learning and immediate diffusion of scholarly research into the field. Under this program, funding for STEM educational and broadening participation research activities could include research to develop new models in STEM engagement, recruitment and retention practices for all critical pathways to STEM careers or research on interventions such as mentoring, successful learning practices and environments, STEM efficacy studies, and technology use. Overall, the LSAMP program provides funding to alliances that implement comprehensive, evidence-based, innovative, and sustained strategies that ultimately result in the graduation of well-prepared, highly-qualified students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue graduate studies or careers in STEM.

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches. The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.


NEA: National Endowment for the Arts

An individual may submit only one application for FY 2019 funding. You may not apply for both a Translation Project under this deadline (December 5, 2017) and a Literature Fellowship (in prose or poetry) under the 2018 deadline (when fellowships in prose are offered). The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may begin any time between November 1, 2018, and November 1, 2019, and extend for up to two years. Program Description Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. We encourage translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English translation. All proposed projects must be for creative translations of literary material into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and value. Priority will be given to projects that involve work that has not previously been translated into English. Competition for fellowships is rigorous. Potential applicants should consider carefully whether their work will be competitive at the national level.

IMLS: Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public by: enhancing the training and professional development of librarians, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of librarians.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archives fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.


EPA: Environmental Protection Agency

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to compete for financial assistance through the Targeted Air Shed Grant Program. This program will assist local, state and/or tribal air pollution control agencies in developing plans, conducting demonstrations, and implementing projects to reduce air pollution in nonattainment areas that EPA determines are the top five most polluted areas relative to ozone (O3), annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5), or 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The overall goal of the Targeted Air Shed Grant program is to reduce air pollution in the Nation’s areas with the highest levels of ozone and PM2.5 ambient air concentrations.

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.

The overall goal of this funding announcement is to elicit applications for novel strategies to enhance referral, participation, and adherence in cardiac rehabilitation (CR) of older and vulnerable patients who are eligible for CR under current Medicare eligibility criteria. Specifically, NIA seeks clinical trials that address one or more specific age-related factors including patient-related issues, CR program goals and components, and CR program setting-related aspects. These three age-related issues represent distinct, but potentially interrelated, areas that are impacted by advancing age and are not currently addressed in traditional CR programs. Determination of the specific aspects of CR programs that may be better suited to medically complex and vulnerable older adults, such as eligibility, patient-centered goals and outcomes, and novel components and delivery systems may ultimately improve referral, enrollment, completion and overall benefit of this Medicare-supported resource. Successful modified programs should strive to improve function, independence and quality of life while reducing disability, future CV events, readmissions, morbidity and mortality.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to participate in the Implementing Genomics in Practice (IGNITE) II: Pragmatic Clinical Trials Network. This network will conduct pragmatic clinical trials to measure the clinical utility and cost-effectiveness of genomic medicine interventions; assess approaches for real-world application of genomic medicine in diverse clinical settings; and produce generalizable knowledge on the types of genomic medicine interventions requiring randomized clinical trials and effective methods for conducting them. IGNITE II will include multiple clinical groups including enhanced diversity clinical groups, and a single Coordinating Center (CC). This FOA invites applications for the Coordinating Center (CC) and runs in parallel with companion FOAs that invite applications for the CGs (RFA-HG-17-008) and the enhanced diversity CGs (RFA-HG-17-009).


USDOJ: Department of Justice

Utilizing information and data specific to LaCrosse, County WI, develop a “model approach" to data analysis to determine arrest trends and provide tracking measures for criminal justice stakeholder review. Additionally, a corresponding curriculum framework will be developed allowing for teaching and learning around data accessibility, accuracy and consistency for the purposes of informing and monitoring data driven practices. The development of this model and framework will allow other localities to develop the capacity to understand and improve their current arrest data collection and analysis practices.

In 2007, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) launched the Transition from Jails to Community (TJC) Initiative to support the local reentry efforts of justice-involved adults. Under the Initiative, targeted technical assistance was provided to fourteen learning sites (including two jurisdictions selected in response to California Assembly Bill 109). Historically, community reintegration has proven complicated related to the brief length of stays in jails, the complex needs of justice-involved adults, and the lack of community-based coordination for supervision and/or post release treatment. These reintegration issues are more pronounced when considering the approximate 12 million adults transitioning through our nation’s 3000+ local and community jails annually. The need exists for implementation of national strategy to increase public safety while enhancing evidence based programming to support the reintegration efforts of the men and women transitioning back into our nation’s communities. 

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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