Promise Zone: Grants and Updates

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December 21, 2017

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In this edition of Minneapolis Promise Zone Updates:

  • How to Reduce Racial Disparities in Housing Policy
  • Minnesota Job Creation Fund 
  • Increasing Access to Affordable Housing on the Northside
  • Minneapolis Promise Zone Facilitates Increased Capital Investment 
  • Department for Housing and Urban Development Launches Envision Center
  • Making Minnesota Conservation Improvement Programs More Effective  
  • News, Events, and Jobs
  • Recent Federal Grant and Partnership Opportunities 
  • About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

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Minneapolis Promise Zone Learns How to Reduce Racial Disparities in Housing Policy  

A panel discussion was hosted at the Minneapolis Urban League with industry experts on the three areas of homeownership inequity that contribute to the racial wealth gap - redlining, discriminatory lending practices, and the foreclosure crisis of the Great Recession. After the panel conversation, roundtable discussions were conducted to share and explore personal experience with the topics discussed.

The panel consisted of Tyler Moroles, program analyst at the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), Dr. Ed Goetz, director of the Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA), and Trent Bowman, vice-president of Community Development at Kleinbank. The panel was moderated by Mallory Mitchell from Minneapolis Urban League.

Although red-lining discrimination is in the "past" due to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), discrimination continues on both the neighborhood and the individual level. This can manifest in micro-aggressions, red-tape, or the obfuscation of applicable financial resources and programs for interested homebuyers.

The panel discussed different housing policies that would help mitigate racial disparities on the local and federal level. Potential policies to advocate for included relaunching the first time home buyer tax credit (Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008), which ended in 2010, as well as the implementation of inclusionary zoning so as to increase the density (by allowing for expansion upwards). Introducing policies or programs similar to those in other countries, such as the United Kingdom’s baby bonds program (tax exempt savings plan to provide a child with a guaranteed cash sum upon adulthood).

The Minneapolis Promise Zone seeks to promote stable housing for all MPZ residents, as well as to increase racial equity. The panel and the roundtable discussions served to educate and connect individuals and organizations on the legacy of discriminatory policies, as well as avenues for action.

Minnesota Job Creation Fund

The Job Creation Fund provides financial incentives to new and expanding businesses that
meet certain job creation and capital investment targets.

Companies deemed eligible to participate may receive up to $1 million for creating or retaining high-paying jobs and for constructing or renovating facilities or making other property improvements. In some cases, companies may receive awards of up to $2 million.

How to Apply to the Job Creation Fund  

  • Applications for the Job Creation Fund are accepted year-round.                         

Businesses must apply through the local government unit (city, county or township) where the project will be located. In consultation with DEED, the local government unit will determine whether the business meets minimum program requirements. 

To assist with the process, complete this Job Creation Fund Eligibility and Application Checklist. Projects that meet the minimum requirements should contact Tom Washa, Program Manager at 651-259-7483 for an application.

More Information 

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    Increasing Access to Affordable Housing on the Northside

    Completed Projects 

    1. The Eco Village Apartments Project was completed with 75 units of affordable housing at    50-60% of Area Median Income (AMI).  Rents are $670-$995. Unit sizes range from studio to two-bedroom, as well as four three-bedroom town-home units. There are also four units to address long term homelessness priced at 30% AMI. 

    Ongoing Projects 

    1. Penn and Lowry Avenue northeast corner will be used as a staging and storage site for Met Council for the C-Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) construction work through May 2019 unless there is another viable proposal for that space. If the City needs to move forward on a project, the staging and storage would be moved to the northwest corner

    2. West Broadway-West Building on the West Broadway Curve will have 69 units of mixed income rental units. The project includes a separate, privately financed town-home development that will consist of 20 market rate units.

    3. Golden Valley Road and Penn Avenue (northwest corner) will be a mixed use development with 64 units of housing at 50-60% AMI. 

    If you questions about the any of projects listed above, please contact Tiffany Glasper, a Senior Project Coordinator at the City's department of Community Planning and Economic Development. 

    Minneapolis Promise Zone Facilitates Increased Capital Investment on the Northside 

    The Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) subcommittee of the Economic Development Working Group (EDWG) met Thursday, December 7th. Members of EDWG discussed how to most effectively fill the financing gaps  experienced by Northside entrepreneurs and business owners. Members asked questions like what type of financial products should be offered, where should initial seed funds come from, who should administer the loans, and what kinds of borrowers should be targeted? Group members have been drafting the financial plan for approval by City staff and Council, and hope to deliver a final plan in the first quarter of 2018 after further group discussion. If all goes as planned, the RLF could be granting loans by July of 2018. 

    Northside residents know what kinds of businesses they would like to see, and what will make the area a thriving destination that continues to inspire neighborhood pride. The community’s many economic development professionals know how to get them there, and what will invigorate its commercial corridors without displacing current Northside residents. The RLF presents a great opportunity to stimulate equitable development, reducing the persistent disparities present in North Minneapolis. 

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    The Department of Housing and Urban Development Launches Envision Center Initiative 

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is asking for public comment on a new initiative that is  designed to test the effectiveness of collaborative efforts by government, industry, and nonprofit organizations to accelerate economic mobility of low- income households in communities that include HUD-assisted housing. This will be accomplished through Envision Centers, centralized hubs for supportive services focusing on the four pillars of Economic Empowerment, Educational Advancement, Health and Wellness, and Character and Leadership. 

    Approximately 10 communities, selected from across the country, are anticipated to participate in the demonstration. The purpose of the demonstration is to explore the potential of a new service-delivery mechanism to provide HUD-assisted households the ability to benefit from life-changing opportunities that the advancement of the four pillars affords.

    Residents will be able to engage with EnVision Center services in three ways:

    1. Through a physical EnVision Center
    2.  Downloading the EnVision Center Mobile App
    3. Visiting an organization that is a part of the EnVision Network. 

    More Information

    Opportunities for Making Minnesota Low-Income Conservation Improvement Programs More Effective

    Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. CT

    Results from a statewide policy analysis and evaluation of low-income (LI) programs in Minnesota’s utility Conservation Improvement Programs (CIP) portfolios are summarized in this webinar conducted by APPRISE Incorporated with CARD funding. Undertaken in 2015, the purpose of this project is to help Commerce staff and other stakeholders develop a better understanding of how LI CIP programs in Minnesota operate and how they might be made more effective. Elements of the project included a national best practices review; a regulatory and policy analysis; interviews with LI CIP managers; and an examination and analysis of current LI CIP programs with successful partnerships. Results led to recommendations related to re-evaluating or clarifying current policy; developing improved procedures, guidelines and/or policy; and possible ways to improve communication and collaboration



    Beautiful Classy Driven: Jingle & Mingle 
    Fri, December 22: 6-9 p.m. 
    New Rules, 2015 N. Lowry Ave., Minneapolis 

    Heritage Tea House Grand Opening Holiday Party  
    Fri, December 22: 6-10 p.m. 
    Heritage Tea House Boutique, 360 University Ave. W., Saint Paul 

    Black Nativity 
    December 20-24: Multiple Showings 
    Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St., Saint Paul 

    Actualizing Equity: A Community Gathering 
    Thu, January 18: 3-6 p.m. 
    Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis

    Notice and Publicizing Grant Requests for Proposal Policy Training
    Tue, January 30: 1-4 p.m. 
    DEED Department of Administration, 50 Sherburne Ave., Saint Paul Room 116C 


    Hennepin County Request for Proposal (RFP)
    Trauma-based services for black male youth near North Minneapolis community 
    More Information 

    Minneapolis Public Schools 
    Special Education Assistant 
    More Information 

    Young Scientist Challenge 
    More Information 

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    Recent Federal Grant and Partnership Opportunities

    The following content is for informational purposes only. For additional details on the opportunities below, and to find additional opportunities, please visit

    Promise Zone Preference Points

    If a discretionary funding opportunity indicates Promise Zone (PZ) preference points are available, please visit for additional information on forms and contacts to request preference point certification from the City of Minneapolis Promise Zone. Please submit your preference point request at least two weeks prior to the application deadline for Promise Zone certification approval consideration. 

    If a funding opportunity does not indicate PZ preference points, you are still encouraged to contact the Promise Zone Manager, Julianne Leerssen (612-225-7721), about potential partnership opportunities to strengthen your application.


    NSF: National Science Foundation

    The American National Election Studies (ANES) produce high quality data from its own surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation. The mission of the ANES is to inform explanations of election outcomes by providing data that support rich hypothesis testing, maximize methodological excellence, measure many variables, and promote comparisons across people, contexts, and time. The ANES serves this mission by providing researchers with a view of the political world through the eyes of ordinary citizens. The Political Science Program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences expects to make two awards for the 2020 Presidential election cycle with the award to run from fiscal years 2018 to 2021.We anticipate that NSF will make two awards totaling no more than $11.5 million over four years. One will be for the traditional face-to-face survey. The second will be for a web-based survey. While these will be independent awards, the two awardees will be expected to work closely together. The expected start date is July 2018. ANES started in 1948. Since then, the project has conducted a survey during each presidential election. One of the unique attributes of ANES is that for each election respondents have been surveyed prior to the Presidential election and then after the election. These pre and post surveys provide a unique look at how Americans participate in politics and why.

    EDUCATION & STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

    DOC: Department of Commerce

    NIST is soliciting applications from eligible colleges and universities in the U.S. and its territories, nominating undergraduate students to participate in the SURF Program. The SURF Program will provide research opportunities for undergraduate students to work with NIST scientists and engineers, to expose the students to cutting-edge research and promote the pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering.

    NSF: National Science Foundation

    Communities in the United States (US) and around the world are entering a new era of transformation in which residents and their surrounding environments are increasingly connected through rapidly-changing intelligent technologies. This transformation offers great promise for improved wellbeing and prosperity, but poses significant challenges at the complex intersection of technology and society. The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life. This goal will be achieved through integrative research projects that pair advances in technological and social dimensions with meaningful community engagement. For the purposes of this solicitation, communities are defined as having geographically-delineated boundaries; such as towns, cities, counties, neighborhoods, community districts, rural areas, and tribal regions consisting of various populations, with the structure and ability to engage in meaningful ways with proposed research activities

    The NRI-2.0 program builds upon the original National Robotics Initiative (NRI) program to support fundamental research in the United States that will accelerate the development and use of collaborative robots (co-robots) that work beside or cooperatively with people. The focus of the NRI-2.0 program is on ubiquity, which in this context means seamless integration of co-robots to assist humans in every aspect of life.  The program supports four main research thrusts that are envisioned to advance the goal of ubiquitous co-robots: scalability, customizability, lowering barriers to entry, and societal impact. Topics addressing scalability include how robots can collaborate effectively with multiple humans or other robots; how robots can perceive, plan, act, and learn in uncertain, real-world environments, especially in a distributed fashion; and how to facilitate large-scale, safe, robust and reliable operation of robots in complex environments. Customizability includes how to enable co-robots to adapt to specific tasks, environments, or people, with minimal modification to hardware and software; how robots can personalize their interactions with people; and how robots can communicate naturally with humans, both verbally and non-verbally. Topics in lowering barriers to entry include development of open-source co-robot hardware and software, as well as widely-accessible testbeds. Topics in societal impact include fundamental research to establish and infuse robotics into educational curricula, advance the robotics workforce through education pathways, and explore the social, economic, ethical, and legal implications of our future with ubiquitous collaborative robots. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit, and other organizations is encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and engineering and technology development, deployment, and use. The NRI-2.0 program is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Questions concerning a particular project's focus, direction and relevance to a participating funding organization should be addressed to that agency’s point of contact, listed in section VIII of this solicitation.

    USDA: Department of Agriculture

    NRCS is announcing the availability of CIG to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications will be accepted from eligible entities in any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). A total of up to $10 million is available for CIG in FY 2018. All United States (U.S.)-based non-Federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of Federal agencies. Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration. The maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2018 is $2 million. 


    NEA: National Endowment for the Arts

    An organization may submit only one application through one of the following FY 2019 categories: Art Works or Challenge America. If an organization applies to the Challenge America category, it may not submit another application to the Art Works category. The Arts Endowment's support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2019. Generally, a period of performance of up to two years is allowed. Art Works Program Description To support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

    NEH: National Endowment for the Humanities

    The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Some humanities scholarship is necessarily specialized, but the humanities can also engage broad audiences in exploring subjects of general interest. Such scholarship might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship, making appropriate use of primary and/or secondary sources. They must also be written in a readily accessible style, addressing significant humanities themes in a way that will appeal to a large audience of general readers. Applications to write books directed primarily to scholars are not appropriate for this program. By establishing the Public Scholar Program, NEH has entered a long-term commitment to encourage scholarship in the humanities for general audiences. The program is open to both individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions and to independent scholars, researchers, and writers. Projects may be at any stage of development.

    NARA: National Archives and Records Administration

    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing or the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions. All new projects (those which have never received NHPRC funding) must publish a digital edition which provides online access to a searchable collection of all documents. (Ebooks or volumes in PDF do not qualify for the purposes of this grant program.) New projects may also prepare print editions as part of their overall publishing plan, but the contents of those volumes must be published online within a reasonable period of time following print publication. The NHPRC encourages projects to provide free access to online editions. Projects that do not have definitive plans for digital dissemination and preservation in place at the time of application will not be considered. Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, transcribing, annotating, editing, encoding, and publishing documentary source materials online and in print. Because of the focus on documentary sources, grants do not support preparation of critical editions of published works unless such works are just a small portion of the larger project. All applicants should be aware that the application process is highly competitive.

    IMLS: Institute of Museum and Library Services

    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. We have two FY18 NLG-L funding opportunities, each with two separate deadlines. In addition to the opportunity described in this Notice of Funding Opportunity, a separate NLG-L funding opportunity was announced in July 2017 with a preliminary proposal application submission due date in September 2017. Both opportunities are subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion and procedures.

    The goal of the Museums for America (MFA) program is to support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff is a special MFA initiative with the goal of strengthening the ability of an individual museum to serve its public through professional development activities that cross-cut various departments to generate systemic change within the museum.


    USDOJ: Department of Justice

    The Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence, at minimum or no cost to the victims. LAV Grant Program funds may not be used to provide criminal defense services. Grant funds may be used to provide direct legal services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence. The objective of the LAV Grant Program is to develop innovative, collaborative projects that provide quality representation to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

    HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

    National Institutes of Health

    This initiative supports research to test the effectiveness of combined strategies to both detect and intervene to reduce the risk of suicide behavior, suicide ideation, and non-suicidal self-harm (NSSI) by youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Opportunities for detection and prevention start at early points of contact (e.g., police interaction, the intake interview) and continue through many juvenile justice settings (e.g., pre-trial detention, juvenile or family court activities, court disposition, placement and on-going care in either residential or multiple community settings.) This FOA invites intervention strategies that are designed to be delivered in typical service settings using typically available personnel and resources, to enhance the implementation of interventions that prove effective, enhance their future uptake in diverse settings, and thereby reduce risk of suicide and self-harm in this population. This FOA is published in parallel to a companion R34 FOA (PAR-xx-xxx) supporting pilot studies in preparation for the larger-scale studies described here.

    The purpose of this initiative is to support research to develop and test youth violence prevention interventions that incorporate racism/discrimination prevention strategies for one or more health disparity populations. The target age range includes middle school to high school-aged youth, corresponding to an approximate age range of 11 to 18.

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Offender Reentry Program (ORP) grants. The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced adult offenders/ex-offenders with a SUD and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, who are returning to their families and community from incarceration in state and local facilities including prisons, jails, or detention centers (hereafter known as “the population of focus”). For the purpose of this FOA, sentenced adult offenders/ex-offenders are defined as persons 18 years of age or older (or adults as defined by your state or tribal law) under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system who have been sentenced to incarceration as adults. If your state or tribe uses a different age range for adult offenders, you must document how the age of “adults” is defined in your state or tribal justice system. Applicants are expected to form stakeholder partnerships that will plan, develop and provide a transition from incarceration to community-based SUD treatment and related reentry services. SAMHSA’s interest is to actively support offender reentry stakeholder partnerships so that clinical needs are met and clients are treated using evidence-based practices. By providing needed treatment and recovery services, this program is intended to reduce the health and social costs of substance use and dependence to the public, and increase the safety of America’s citizens by reducing substance use related crime and violence. Additional anticipated outcomes include: increased number of individuals served; increased abstinence from substance use; increased employment rates; decreased recidivism rates; increased housing stability; decreased criminal justice involvement; improved individual and family functioning and well-being; increased social connectedness; and decreased risky behaviors.


    HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

    National Institutes of Health

    This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages researchers to partner with community groups, using Community Engaged Research (CEnR) methodologies that will enhance relationships and lead to better intervention development and positive health outcomes.

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research applications to develop and pilot test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. For the purposes of this FOA, NIMH defines a family navigator model as a health care professional or paraprofessional whose role is to deploy a set of strategies designed to rapidly engage youth and families in needed treatment and services, work closely with the family and other involved treatment and service providers to optimize care and monitor the trajectory of mental health symptoms and outcomes over time. Applicants are encouraged to develop and pilot test the navigator models ability to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents as soon as symptoms are detected. Of interest are navigator models that coordinate needed care strategies, determine the personalized match to the level of needed service amount, frequency and intensity, and harness novel technologies to track and monitor the trajectory of clinical, functional and behavioral progress toward achieving intended services outcomes. This FOA is published in parallel to a companion FOA, PAR-18-428 which uses the R01 funding mechanism.

    This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), is intended to encourage Research Project Grant (R01) applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 18). Positive health behaviors may include: developing healthy sleep patterns, developing effective self-regulation strategies, adaptive decision-making in risk situations, practicing proper dental hygiene, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, engaging in age-appropriate physical activity and/or participating in healthy relationships. Applications to promote positive health behavior(s) should target social and cultural contexts, including, but not limited to: schools, families, communities, population, food industry, age-appropriate learning tools and games, social media, social networking, technology and mass media. Topics to be addressed in this announcement include: effective, sustainable processes for influencing young people to make healthy behavior choices; identification of the appropriate stage of influence for learning sustainable lifelong health behaviors; the role of technology and new media in promoting healthy behavior; identification of factors that support healthy behavior development in vulnerable populations; and, identification of mechanisms and mediators that are common to the development of a range of habitual health behaviors. Given the many factors involved in developing sustainable health behaviors, applications from multidisciplinary team that include nurse scientists are strongly encouraged. The goal of this FOA is to promote research that identifies and enhances processes that promote sustainable positive behavior or changes social and cultural norms that influence health and future health behaviors.

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage innovative exploratory and developmental health services research to improve minority health and/or reduce health disparities at the health care system-level as well as within clinical settings.

    This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to conduct innovative and feasible studies to test strategies to accelerate the adoption of guideline-based recommendations into clinical practice among populations with health disparities. Applications that propose strategies with a focus on providers who care for clinical populations with excess burden of cardiovascular, lung, blood, and sleep diseases and disorders, in concert with the health care delivery systems in which they practice, are strongly encouraged. Applications that test systems, infrastructures, and strategies to implement guideline-based care for NHLBI disorders in clinical care settings are also of high programmatic interest.

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for innovative and promising intervention research designed to improve smoking cessation outcomes among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. Specifically, this FOA is intended to stimulate research efforts aimed at the development of smoking cessation interventions that: 1) are targeted to socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and 2) could be made scalable for broad population impact. Applicants may propose projects that develop and test novel cessation interventions with the potential to be scaled up, as well as projects that focus on enhancing the effectiveness, quality, accessibility, utilization, and cost-effectiveness of currently scaled smoking cessation interventions. This FOA provides funding for up to 2 years for protocol development and early phase, pilot, or exploratory projects.

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support investigative and collaborative research focused on understanding and addressing disparities in surgical care and outcomes, in minority and health disparity populations. While the goal is to better understand and explore effectiveness of clinical intervention approaches for addressing surgical disparities, this initiative will also seek to identify multi-level strategies at the institutional and systems level.

    This initiative will support health services, intervention, and implementation research to understand and reduce racial/ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic HIV disparities in US women. Projects may address HIV prevention, screening and diagnosis, and/or treatment. Projects may involve primary data collection and/or secondary analysis of existing data.

    The purpose of this initiative is to support community-based and healthcare setting-based research to understand the individual, interpersonal, community and societal factors that influence patterns of PrEP attitudes, access, availability, and adherence among health disparity populations in the US. Projects may involve primary quantitative/qualitative data collection and/or secondary analysis of existing data.

    This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits innovative, targeted basic behavioral and social science and intervention development research to reduce incident HIV infections and improve the health of those living with HIV. This FOA encourages research designed to (a) conduct basic behavioral and social science research that is needed to advance the development of HIV prevention and care interventions, (b) translate and operationalize the findings from these basic studies to develop interventions and assess their acceptability and feasibility and (c) conduct tests of the efficacy of HIV prevention and care interventions. This FOA uses the R01 grant mechanism while PA-18-272 uses the R21 mechanism.

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote innovative research that addresses one or both of the following objectives: Devise optimal strategies to improve the identification of persons unaware of their HIV-1 infection and successfully link them to HIV testing, treatment, and prevention interventions. Develop and examine the feasibility and acceptability of novel integrated interventions of biomedical and behavioral strategies that substantially reduce the likelihood of onward HIV transmission in these populations.

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), and Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) are accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Minority Fellowship Program (Short Title: MFP). The purpose of this program is to: (1) increase the knowledge of mental and/or substance use disorder behavioral health professionals on issues related to prevention, treatment, and recovery support for individuals who are from racial and ethnic minority populations and have a mental or substance use disorder; (2) improve the quality of mental and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services delivered to racial and ethnic minority populations; and (3) increase the number of culturally competent mental and substance use disorders professionals who teach, administer services, conduct research, and provide direct mental and/or substance use disorder services to racial and ethnic minority populations. It is expected that MFP will reduce behavioral health disparities and improve health care outcomes for racial and ethnic minority populations.

    Centers for Disease Control

    The goal of this demonstration project is to reduce time between community-based testing and linkage to HIV care, treatment, and effective biomedical HIV prevention among black and Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men who receive HIV testing services through community-based programs. Although outcomes along the HIV care continuum have generally improved over time, persistent racial and geographic disparities in access to HIV care, rates of viral load suppression, and HIV-related health outcomes have complicated HIV prevention efforts in the United States.

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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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