Promise Zone: Grants and Updates

City of Minneapolis and Promise Zone

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October 26, 2017

Minneapolis Promise Zone Workmark

In this edition of Minneapolis Promise Zone Updates:

  • Minneapolis Promise Zone Attends Neighborhoods Now
  • News and Events
  • Affect Change by Attending a City Council Meeting 
  • Recent Federal Grant and Partnership Opportunities 
  • About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

Minneapolis Promise Zone Attends Neighborhoods Now, Learns Racial Disparity Disruption Methods    

    Organizers and community leaders listening at Neighborhoods Now Training

    All five of the Minneapolis Promise Zone‘s AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) attended a weeklong community educational series, called Neighborhoods Now, a few weeks ago. During their time spent at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) they focused on building skills to cultivate power to change systems for racial equity and economic justice. A large component of building power is through the organization of people and resources. Door-knocking to reach out to residents, and in depth one-on-ones with leaders of the targeted community are an effective method to begin to create those networks of power. Participants of Neighborhoods Now practiced door-knocking as well as one-on-ones with each other to apply, after training, to their respective communities. MPZ VISTAs also built valuable connections with other organizers in North Minneapolis, which will enable the Promise Zone to increase racial equity and build a more inclusive economy.


    How Amazon's HQ2 Could Affect the Price to Rent in Minneapolis (10/23 - TwinCities Business) 

    Minneapolis business Wood From the Hood helps misfit trees find new life (10/22 - StarTribune)

    Stunning new library in north Minneapolis was worth the 17-year wait (10/21 - StarTribune)

    Black-owned company found success outside Minnesota. Now it's reinvesting in North Minneapolis (10/21 - TwinCities Pioneer Press)

    Protests interrupt Minneapolis city council meeting (10/20 - Kare11)

    Housing for Native Americans at Victoria and University, East Side micro-houses get funding boost (10/19 - TwinCities Pioneer Press)



    Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights: General Contractor Training 
    Fri, October 27: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
    University of Minnesota's UROC, 2001 Plymouth Avenue N., 

    Coming to the Table: Instigating Racial Healing in Minnesota 
    Sat, October 28: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
    North Regional Library 2nd Floor, 1315 Lowry Avenue N., Minneapolis

    Prosperity Now: A Deeper Dive into Racial Wealth Equity Policies Webinar 
    Thu, November 2: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.  

    NACA: The Best Mortgage in America Homebuyer Workshop
    Sat, November 4: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 
    Inside Parkway United Church of Christ, 3120  Washburn Avenue N., Minneapolis  

    National Foundations: Know Who and How: Find out what it takes to attract national funding!
    Fri, November 10: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
    Saint Mary's University Center, 2540 Park Ave., Minneapolis 

    Minnesota Black Author Expo
    Sat, November 18 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
    Northside Economic Opportunity Network, 1007 W Broadway, Minneapolis

    Job Opportunities

    Learn how you can enroll in no-cost skills or training in construction or healthcare 
    Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. 
    Summit Academy OIC, 935 Olson Memorial Highway, Minneapolis
    More information 

    On-site Hiring Event
    Mon, November 6: 1-3 p.m.
    Minnesota  Workforce Center, 7225 Northland Dr., Brooklyn Park
    More information 

    Northside Residents Redevelopment Council 
    Administrative Position
    More information   

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    Affect Change by Attending a City Council Meeting

    LIMS is the one place you need to go to find and track council agenda and actions

    The City’s new system for looking up City Council records and videos is now online. The legislative information management system (LIMS) is available at

    With LIMS, you can:

    • Get the agenda for upcoming City Council and committee meetings.
    • Look up past and future City Council agenda items and supporting documents.
    • Track individual agenda items from council introduction through final action.
    • See how council members voted.
    • Find and watch video of City Council and committee proceedings.

    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.


    HUD: Department of Housing and Urban Development

    HUD expects to make at least 2 awards from the funds available under this NOFA: Project 1 - Understanding Child Trajectories in HUD-Assisted Housing (HUD may award one or more cooperative agreements for this project).Project 2 - The Social and Economic Impacts of the Community Development Block Grant Program (HUD may award one or more cooperative agreements for this project).


    EPA: Environmental Protection Agency

    This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. Please note that eligible entities who received an EWDJT grant in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) are not eligible to apply for funding in FY18.


    HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

    The Communities Building Healthier Environments for a Stronger Nation Initiative (‘Communities Initiative’) intends to demonstrate the effectiveness of community-based networks in improving health outcomes among racial and ethnic minority and/or other disadvantaged populations. This program seeks to improve health outcomes through the establishment of integrated networks that collaboratively employ evidence-based disease management and preventive health activities; build the capacity of communities to address social determinants and barriers to healthcare access; and increase access to and utilization of preventive health care, medical treatment, and supportive services. The Communities Initiative specifically targets the unmet healthcare and supportive service needs of racial and ethnic minority populations at highest risk for poorer health outcomes. Health services provided under the Communities Initiative will not be denied to any person based on race, color, or national origin. Populations at highest risk include, but are not limited to, individuals who are newly diagnosed and lack a medical home; individuals who experience difficulty in adhering to a prescribed medical treatment plan; individuals with a chronic disease that is not well managed; and individuals that are unstably housed. Specific health areas to be addressed by the Communities Initiative include asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B or C, obesity/overweight, and mental disorders. Community health programs are required to address social determinants of health, and improve coordination of health, social, and supportive services to significantly improve health outcomes among minority and/or disadvantaged communities. Applicants must choose two but no more than three chronic conditions to be the focus of the proposed intervention, but should justify this choice based on the population targeted and the interrelation of the chronic conditions. Project plans relative to health areas must include screening and early detection; implementation of evidence-based prevention and intervention programs; chronic disease management; linkage to medical treatment and follow-up; and coordination of applicable health, social and support services. Project plans must also address social determinants relative to selected health areas that directly facilitate the onset or transmission of disease or impact adherence to prescribed medical treatment plans.


    The announcement seeks applications from public and private nonprofit entities to establish and operate voluntary family planning services projects, which shall provide family planning services to all persons desiring such services, with priority for services to persons from low-income families. The Title X statute specifies that local and regional public or private nonprofit entities may apply directly to the Secretary for a Title X family planning services grant under this announcement. Family planning services include clinical family planning and related preventive health services; information, education, and counseling related to family planning; and, referral services as indicated. Copies of the Title X statute, regulations, legislative mandates, Program Guidelines, and Program Policy Notices may be downloaded from the Office of Population Affairs web site at

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minority, including American Indian/Alaska Native, and disadvantaged populations. The purpose of the Health Education Lupus Program (HELP) is to eliminate lupus related health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations and disadvantaged population disproportionately affected by this disease. Many, if not most, of the affected population a) live in communities without experienced providers; 2) can have other simultaneous comorbidities; 3) receive services covered by available public insurance, i.e., Medicaid or Medicare, if eligible; and 4) have not been exposed to a culturally and linguistically appropriate public awareness messages regarding lupus. Six to nine eligible applicants will be funded to a) increase and improve culturally and linguistically appropriate awareness to the general public; improve training and curriculum development for required certified education units (CEU) focused on lupus for health care providers , including certified and licensed community health workers or other certified and licensed health-care paraprofessionals; improve lupus diagnosis and treatment and address comorbidities co-occurring with lupus; and develop lupus self-management curriculum for minority and disadvantaged populations living in urban and rural territories and training; or b) expand the implementation of a culturally and linguistically appropriate education program on clinical trials focused on lupus that educates and recruits racial and ethnic minority, including American Indian/Alaska Native, and/or disadvantaged populations to participate in clinical trials focused on lupus.

    The National Vaccine Program Office would like to announce the anticipated availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cooperative agreement awards] under the authority of section 1702(a) of the Public Health Service Act. The FOA will solicit applications for projects conducting research through implementing and evaluating interventions related to fostering informed vaccine decision making by assessing or addressing vaccine confidence or hesitancy, particularly via vaccine education and communication. The work funded by NVPO cannot also be funded by other awards. The 2010 National Vaccine Plan (NVP) recognizes the importance of communication activities that are strategic, science-based, transparent, and culturally appropriate when it comes to utilizing communication to enhance informed vaccine decision making and vaccination acceptance. The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) collaborates with federal partners to provide strategic direction for the coordination of the vaccine and immunization enterprise for the National Vaccine Plan (NVP) implementation. NVPO will partner with 2-3 organizations to collaborate on projects that will fall specifically under goal 3 of the NVP (i.e., support communications to enhance informed vaccine decision-making) as well as within the recommendations of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee June 2015 Report: Assessing the State of Vaccine Confidence in the United States: Recommendations from the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. That report emphasized the importance of developing measurement tools, as well as interventions for supporting healthcare providers, communities, and policies which foster confidence in vaccines.

    National Institutes of Health

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support investigative and collaborative research focused on developing and evaluating simulation modeling and systems science to understand and address minority health and health disparities. 

    This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages exploratory /developmental research grant applications (R21) to investigate the fundamental science of mind and body approaches, including mind/brain-focused practices (e.g., meditation, hypnosis), body-based approaches (e.g., acupuncture, massage, spinal manipulation/mobilization), meditative exercise (e.g., yoga, tai chi, qi gong), art and music therapies, or integrative approaches combining several components. Studies of pharmacologic approaches exclusively are not included in the scope of this FOA.

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund highly innovative and promising research aimed at developing multi-level physical activity intervention programs acting on at least two levels of the socioecological model and designed to increase health-enhancing physical activity: 1) in persons or groups that can benefit from such activity; and 2) that could be made scalable and sustainable for broad use across the nation. This FOA provides support for up to two years (R21 phase) for research planning activities and feasibility studies, followed by a possible transition to expanded research support (R33 phase) for optimizing the intervention and conducting larger-scale feasibility studies. Transition to the R33 depends on the completion of applicant-defined milestones, as well as program priorities and the availability of funds.

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund highly innovative and promising research that tests multi-level physical activity intervention programs acting on at least two levels of the socio-ecological model and designed to increase health-enhancing physical activity: 1) in persons or groups that can benefit from such activity; and 2) that could be made scalable and sustainable for broad use across the nation. This FOA provides support for up to 5 years for research planning, intervention delivery, and follow-up activities.

    Centers for Disease Control - NCIRD

    In an effort to support the development and improvement of public health capacity of Immunization Information Systems (IIS) and their staff, the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supported a pilot volunteer group of IIS in 2001 to explore the use of the IIS data to achieve public health goals. Following the success of this pilot, NCIRD formally established the IIS Sentinel Site Project, providing supplemental funding to awardees with high quality IIS data. Six awardees were funded during 2004-2007, eight during 2008-2012, and six during 2013-2017. Data from the IIS Sentinel Site Project have been increasingly used to monitor vaccine coverage, assess uptake of new vaccines, monitor vaccine shortages, assess compliance with national recommendations, and conduct other vaccine-related analyses.

    Centers for Disease Control - NCIPC

    Violence is a serious, yet preventable, public health problem. Intimate partner violence (IPV) (see glossary for a list of definitions of italicized words) affects millions of women, men, and children. In the United States, 1in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner with a negative impact such as injury, fear, concern for safety, or needing services (Smith et al, 2017). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) data showed many victims of IPV began experiencing these forms of violence prior to adulthood (Smith, et al, 2017). About 7% of women and 4% of men in the US reported their first experience of IPV before age 18 (Smith et al, 2017). Community and societal-level prevention activities can address risk and protective factors associated with IPV and may have the broadest public health impact. Authorized by the Family Violence and Prevention Services Act (FVPSA), CDC has funded the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Program since 2002. The DELTA program funds State Domestic Violence Coalitions (SDVCs) to implement statewide IPV prevention efforts, while also providing assistance and funding for local communities to implement IPV prevention activities. 

    Centers for Disease Control - OPHPR

    CDC seeks to enhance the Nation's ability to rapidly mobilize and respond to specific public health emergencies, which may include infectious disease outbreaks, pandemics, and other public health emergencies that exceed the capacity of jurisdictional public health resources. From experience through previous emergency events, CDC recognizes the impact that initial funding and immediate response can have in mitigating negative health outcomes. Thus, CDC is creating this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to rapidly fund pre-approved applicants to address immediate and time-sensitive needs that are integral to specific public health responses. This NOFO is intended to fund jurisdictional public health departments for response to HHS Secretarial declared and nondeclared public health emergencies and other public health emergencies which CDC deems in accordance with the purpose of the NOFO.

    Administration for Children and Families - ORR

    The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for funding under the Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development Project (RFCCMED). Through the RFCCMED program, ORR will provide funding for applicants which, through internal capacity and partnerships, will provide refugee participants with training and technical assistance in professional child care, microenterprise development, and financial literacy; assist refugee participants in navigating the child care licensing process; and provide direct financial assistance as needed to enable participants to prepare their homes for child care business operation. The three main objectives of RCCMED are to 1) help refugees to achieve economic self-sufficiency by establishing licensed FCC businesses; 2) help refugee families gain access to licensed FCC businesses which will meet the early care and developmental needs of refugee children; and 3) assist refugees in learning how to navigate mainstream child care services. 

    Projects to establish and manage Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) for low-income refugee participants. Eligible refugee participants who enroll in these projects will open and contribute systematically to IDAs for specified Savings Goals, including home ownership, business capitalization, vehicles for educational or work purposes, professional certification, and education (limited to postsecondary and/or continuing education, college entrance exam fees, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and GED preparation and test fees). Grantee organizations may use ORR funds to provide matches for the savings in the IDAs of up to $2,000 per individual refugee and $4,000 per refugee household. Applications will be screened and evaluated as indicated in the published funding opportunity announcement. Selection of awards will be contingent on the outcome of the competition and the availability of funds. The "match"; mentioned in this announcement does not refer to the applicant finding additional funds to match funds being provided by the Federal government; it is the portion of federal funds to be allocated for matching clients' IDA savings. Successful grantees will be expected to coordinate their policies and procedures for developing and administering refugee IDA projects with ORR and with the existing refugee IDA network.

    INNOVATION AND STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math 

    NSF: National Science Foundation

    The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural system processes and the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. Research projects to be supported by CNH must include analyses of four different components: (1) the dynamics of a natural system; (2) the dynamics of a human system; (3) the processes through which the natural system affects the human system; and (4) the processes through which the human system affects the natural system. CNH also supports research coordination networks (CNH-RCNs) designed to facilitate activities that promote future research by broad research communities that will include all four components necessary for CNH funding. Following are examples of the kinds of projects that might be supported with CNH support: -A project might study interactions between the natural vegetation and soil erosion in a specific type of area, the interactions between land use and social governance in the area, how changes in vegetation and soil affect land use and governance, and how land use and governance impact on the vegetation and erosion. -A project might study the population dynamics of marine fish and their prey in a fishery, interactions between the behavior of fishers and economic markets for fish, how changes in the abundance of fish impact the economic markets, and how fishing pressure impacts the population dynamics of fish and other marine species.

    USDA: Department of Agriculture Forest Service

    Important Dates: October 18, 2017 - Issuance of Request for Proposals. January 22, 2018 - Proposal submission deadline. May 1, 2018 - Approximate date to notify applicants of results. July 1, 2018 - Approximate date of award. Synopsis of Funding Opportunity: The U.S. Forest Service requests proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands. This Request for Proposals focuses on the following priorities to: • Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands. • Reduce costs of forest management on all land types. • Promote economic and environmental health of communities. Funding will be awarded in two separate categories. Grant Category 1: Expansion of Wood Energy Markets - The intent of this category is to: 1. Stimulate, expand, or support wood energy markets that depend on forest residues or forest byproducts generated from all land types. Projects can include, but are not limited to: a. Develop a cluster of wood energy projects in a geographic area or specific sector (e.g., prisons, hospitals, universities, manufacturing sector, or industrial sector). b. Overcome market barriers and stimulate expansion of wood energy in the commercial sector. 2. Complete requirements, such as engineering designs, cost analyses, and permitting, necessary in the later stages of wood energy project development to secure financing. Grant Category 2: Expansion of Wood Products Markets - The intent of this category is to promote markets that create or expand the demand for non-energy based wood products. Preference will be given to projects that support commercial building markets or other markets that use innovative wood products. Wood energy projects will not be considered under this category because those projects can apply for funding under Grant Category 1. Demonstration projects and applied research will be considered, but applicants are strongly encouraged to first consult with their designed Forest Service Regional Biomass Coordinator to determine whether such projects will be competitive. Specific details, including the application and instructions, can be viewed and downloaded at the website listed below.

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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

    For more information, please visit

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