Promise Zone: Grants

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January 4, 2018

Minneapolis Promise Zone Workmark

In this edition of Minneapolis Promise Zone Updates:

  • Grant Spotlight
  • Recent Federal Grant and Partnership Opportunities 
  • About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

NIFA: Funding for Implementation of Organic Agriculture, Opportunity to Increase Access to Healthy Food in North Minneapolis 

Support from OREI and ORG is used to fund high priority research, education, and extension programs to solve critical challenges facing the organic agriculture industry. OREI funding can help local businesses expand their organic offerings as well as overcome policy and market roadblocks to organic food adoption in North Minneapolis. ORG funding can also help businesses who are transitioning into and adopting organic practices. This grant is spot-lighted because it would help local food projects and/or businesses increase the amount of healthy, organic food in North Minneapolis. More information can be found on the website.

Funding for A New Community Based Women’s Business Center

This program aims to provide funding for up to seven private, non-profit host organizations of a Women’s Business Center (WBC) that have met their performance goals and is capable of starting a new, community-based WBC. This funding is important  to women entrepreneurs, especially women of color, in both emerging and established businesses because of the unique social and financial disparities they face. This grant is spot-lighted because North Minneapolis has many women of color that could use the support of a Women's Business Center to turn their business ideas into a reality. 

Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for K12 Educators

The Landmarks of American History and Culture program defines landmarks as sites of historic importance and offers workshops for K12 educators to deepen their knowledge of the histories, cultures, and perspectives of the American people. This grant is spot-lighted because North Minneapolis has a rich history present that isn't often highlighted in the school system here. The grant would provide the opportunity to explore and teach these narratives that are critical to understanding American history and government. More information can be found on

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.

EDUCATION & STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

EPA: Environmental Protection Agency

15th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – as part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program – is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, design, and demonstrate solutions to real world challenges. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative technology-based projects that achieve the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity, and protection of the planet – people, prosperity, and the planet. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the needs of people in the United States (U.S.)—e.g., those in small, rural, tribal, and disadvantaged communities. Please see the P3 website for more details about this program. Proposed projects must embody the P3 approach, which is that they have the intention and capability to simultaneously improve the quality of people’s lives, provide economic benefits, and protect the environment.

Eligibility Information: Public and private institutions of higher education (limited to degree-granting institutions of higher education) located in the U.S. (includes eligible institutions of higher education located in U.S. territories and possessions) are eligible to apply to be the recipient of a grant to support teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students. Profit-making firms are not eligible to receive assistance agreements from the EPA under this program. See full announcement for more details.

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NEH: National Endowment for the Humanities

The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators that enhance and strengthen humanities teaching at the K-12 level. The program defines a landmark as a site of historic importance within the United States and its territories that offers educators a unique and compelling opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge of the diverse histories, cultures, traditions, languages, and perspectives of the American people. Projects employ a place-based approach, teaching historic sites through critical interpretation in order to explore central themes in American history and government, as well as in literature, art, music, and related humanities subjects. Each workshop accommodates thirty-six participants (NEH Summer Scholars) and is offered twice during the summer (for a total of seventy-two participants). Workshops may be hosted by institutions such as community colleges, universities, four-year colleges, learned societies, libraries or other repositories, centers for advanced study, cultural organizations, professional associations, and schools or school systems. Host institutions provide facilities and arrange for accommodations for participants, who receive a stipend. NEH expects host institutions to furnish facilities conducive to scholarly engagement with topics and sites.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes grants broaden and deepen understanding of the humanities in supporting professional development programs, specifically designed for a national audience of K-12 educators or college and university faculty. The programs provide one- to four-week opportunities for participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to explore a variety of topics relevant to K-12 or undergraduate education in the humanities. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes • focus on the study and teaching of significant texts and other resources; • provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching; • contribute to the intellectual growth of the of participants; and • build lasting communities of inquiry. An NEH Summer Seminar or Institute may be hosted by a college, university, learned society, center for advanced study, library or other repository, cultural or professional organization, or school or school system. The host site must provide facilities for collegial interaction and scholarship. The program must be held only in the United States and its territories. Seminars and Institutes are designed either for K-12 educators or for college and university faculty. Programs for K-12 educators must involve someone with significant K-12 experience in both project planning and implementation and must respond to K-12 curricular needs. Seminars A Seminar provides an intimate and focused environment in which sixteen participants study a specific humanities topic under the guidance of one or two established scholars. Seminars have few, if any, visiting faculty. They emphasize sustained interaction among the participants and director(s) through discussion of common readings, conversations about teaching, and advising on independent projects. Institutes An Institute allows twenty-five to thirty-six participants to pursue an intensive program of study under a team of scholarly experts, who present a range of perspectives on a humanities topic. Participants and scholars mutually explore connections between scholarship about and the teaching of the topic.

DOI: Department of the Interior

Save America's Treasures grants from the Historic Preservation Fund provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic collections. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind. The grants are administered by the National Park Service (NPS) in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


DHS: Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Grants Programs Directorate is responsible for the implementation and administrations of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The program guidance document provides potential applicants with the details of the requirements, processing, and evaluation of an application for financial assistance for eligible activities.


DOL: Department of Labor

DOL VETS supports local Stand Down (SD) events that assist homeless veterans by providing a wide variety of employment, social, and health services. A homeless veteran is a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), who is “homeless” as that term is defined at 42 U.S.C. 11302(a)-(b), as amended by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-22). Stand Down grant funds must be used to enhance employment and training opportunities or to promote the self-sufficiency of homeless veterans through paid work. Veterans experiencing homelessness do not always have access to basic hygiene supplies necessary to maintain their health and appearance. Lack of shelter limits their ability to prepare for and present themselves at job interviews or be contacted for follow-up. Basic services such as showers, haircuts, attention to health concerns, and other collaborative services provided at SD events can give participants a greater sense of self and an opportunity to improve their chances of securing and maintaining employment. Each year, VETS sets funds aside from the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) budget activity to award SD grants. Stand Down funding is a non-competitive grant awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until available annual funding is exhausted. VETS will continue to accept applications and process when additional funds become available. The maximum amount that can be awarded, per applicant for a geographic area, in a fiscal year (October 1 – September 30) is $7,000 for a one-day event and $10,000 for a multi-day event.


SBA: Small Business Administration

Since its inception in 1953, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has served to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small businesses. While the SBA is best known for its financial support of small businesses through its many lending programs, the Agency also plays a critical role in providing funding to organizations that deliver technical assistance in the form of counseling and training to small business concerns and nascent entrepreneurs in order to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and management improvement. The mission of the WBC Program is to act as the catalyst for providing in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented business services to women entrepreneurs, both nascent and established businesses, a representative number of which are socially and economically disadvantaged. This mission is accomplished through the award of financial assistance to private, 501(c)- certified non-profit organizations to enable them to affect substantial economic impact in their communities, as measured by successful business start-ups, job creation and retention, and increased company revenues. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to provide funding for up to six eligible non-profit organizations (as defined in Section 3.2) to start a new, community-based Women’s Business Center (WBC) in the geographic areas of SBA’s six District offices that do not have a WBC in their respective service area. Eligible applicants must be private, non-profit organizations with 501(c) tax-exempt status from the U.S. Treasury/Internal Revenue Service and must provide services to the population within one of the following states. Applicants proposing to provide services within the District office territories must provide services to the population within the counties listed.


USDA: Department of Agriculture

NIFA supports programs to address critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and extension activities and programs to evaluate both the environmental impacts of organic agriculture and the environmental services provided. The Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) established the National Organic Program (NOP) in 1990. Final rules for implementing this legislation came out in 2000 and nationwide organic standards for certification under a national organic label were first established in 2002. Current market participants report that shortages of organic products constrain the growth of both individual firms and the overall organic sector. NIFA addresses the needs of organic agriculture through both the provision of formula grants to universities and colleges and through competitive funding. The Integrated Organic Program (IOP) is a competitive program that has included the Organic Transitions Program since 2001 and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) from 2009 to 2012.


USDOJ: Department of Justice

National Institute of Corrections

Live Internet broadcasting is training/education between trainers/facilitators at one location and participants as they receive instruction at other locations via technology. NIC uses internet broadcasting economically to reach audiences from federal, state, tribal, and local corrections and criminal justice agencies, as well as partners and vested stakeholders who have a common interest in and/or contact with offender populations. The typical consumer of our broadcast is participating via a laptop, tablet, mobile device, or desktop computer system in their office or a remote location. They may also be participating as a group at a site that is projecting the broadcast via a larger screen in a training room at a facility site. NIC is expanding its use of video into the micro video learning realm with the use of live to tape productions of information dissemination and training, in easily consumable “bites” of learning of 5, 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes or up to 1 hour in length, depending upon the defined performance outcome. Micro video learning as NIC is defining it is learning that is short term, chunked to follow the science of learning and performance into practice, and is easily accessed by the learner when they need it “just in time”.

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Eligible applicants are state, local, and tribal governments with direct involvement with the adult treatment drug court/Tribal Healing to Wellness Court, such as: • State governments; the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply. • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town, and individual adult treatment drug courts. • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations. Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN tribe; any legally established organization of AI/ANs which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body, or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization, and which includes the maximum participation of AI/ANs in all phases of its activities. Consortia of tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval. A single tribe in the consortium must be the legal applicant, the recipient of the award, and the entity legally responsible for satisfying the grant requirements. Eligible adult drug court models include Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)/Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Courts, Co-Occurring Drug and Mental Health Courts, Veterans Treatment Courts, and Municipal Courts using the problem-solving model. Public and private nonprofit organizations, such as SUD treatment providers, have a pivotal supporting role in treatment drug court programs and may be sub-recipients/contractors to the applicant. However, they are not the catalysts for entry into drug courts and are, therefore, restricted from applying. SAMHSA strongly believes that the court is in the best position to administer this program because the court partners with selected treatment providers on the course of treatment for drug court clients.


CPSC: Consumer Product Safety Commission

This announcement solicits applications for the Pool Safely Grant Program, as authorized by Pub. L. No. 110-140, Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB Act), section 1405. The CPSC anticipates awarding up to, but no more than, $1.1 million in FY 2018 through competitive project grant awards to eligible state and local governments that meet the requirements under the VGB Act, for a 2-year project period. This announcement provides potential applicants with the details of requirements for applying, processing, and evaluating applications for financial assistance under the FY 2018 PSGP program.

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is soliciting investigator-initiated research that will help expand and advance our understanding about what works to prevent violence by rigorously evaluating primary prevention strategies, programs, and policies to address specific gaps in the prevention of teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and youth violence. This initiative is intended to support the evaluation of primary prevention strategies, programs or policies that target universal or selected high-risk populations (i.e., populations that have one or more risk factors that place them at heightened risk for perpetration of violence). Funds are available to conduct such studies focused on preventing the perpetration of youth violence and/or teen dating/intimate partner/sexual violence as detailed elsewhere in this announcement.

Health Resources and Services Administration

The purpose of this program is to support eligible entities to meet the cost of traineeships for individuals in Nurse Anesthesia degree programs.  Nurse Anesthetists are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, especially in rural areas, where they are often the sole provider of anesthesia services.  As part of their training, these individuals learn about multi-modal pain management and opioid addition and treatment, which are a key part of helping communities address the opioid crisis.  Grants are awarded to accredited institutions that educate registered nurses to become nurse anesthetists; recipient institutions, in turn, disburse funds to students in the form of traineeship support. The funds for the NAT Program are distributed among all eligible applicant institutions based on a formula. This funding opportunity will help address U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) clinical priority of addressing opioid abuse by providing funds to support Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) training or continuing education related to pain management, opioid abuse prevention and treatment. SRNAs may use traineeship funds during the period for which the traineeship is provided for full or partial costs of the tuition and fees, books/e-books, reasonable living expenses (stipends) and to attend workshops or conferences on topics including, but not limited to, reduced opioid abuse, multi-modal pain management, and recovery.

This notice solicits applications for the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Training Program.  The purpose of the DBP Training Program is to enhance the behavioral, psychosocial, and developmental components of pediatric care by supporting DBP fellowship programs to train health care professionals to use valid and reliable screening and diagnostic tools, in addition to providing evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD).

Administration for Community Living

The Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) forecasts the possible availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funds to make three-year grants to approximately 10 entities to develop capacity, bring to scale, and sustain evidence-based programs that empower older adults and adults with disabilities to better manage their chronic conditions. ACL intends to compete these 10 grants via two options (both with 36-month grant periods): (A) Sustainable Systems Grants: approximately six grants of $500,000 to $900,000 focused on developing integrated, sustainable systems for delivering evidence-based chronic disease self-management education and self-management support programs. (B) Capacity-Building Grants: approximately four grants of $50,000 to $150,000 to build capacity to introduce and deliver evidence-based chronic disease self-management education and self-management support programs within underserved areas and/or populations.

The Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) forecasts the possible availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funds to make three-year grants to approximately 10 entities to develop capacity, bring to scale, and sustain evidence-based falls prevention programs that will help to reduce the number of falls, fear of falling, and/or fall-related injuries in older adults. ACL aims to compete these 10 grants via two options (both with 36-month grant periods): (A) Sustainable Systems Grants: approximately six grants of $400,000 to $600,00 focused on developing integrated, sustainable systems for delivering falls prevention programs; (B) Capacity-Building Grants: approximately four grants of $50,000 to $150,000 to build capacity to introduce and deliver falls prevention programs within underserved areas and/or populations.

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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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"Welcome to North Minneapolis" mural by youth artists from Juxtaposition Arts and TATS CRU