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February 15, 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

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Grant Spotlight 

Agriculture in the Classroom 

North Minneapolis has often been classified as a food desert. Many kids are unaware of where their food comes from. This grant would allow an organization and/or school to implement youth education programs around agriculture. Youth would learn about all the work involved before food arrives to the shelves of a grocery store. 

  • Deadline: May 01, 2018 
  • Award Ceiling: $500,000

Streamline Government Data Practices for More Accessible and Transparent Services 

Many residents of North Minneapolis are eligible for multiple types of benefits provided by the State. Therefore it is extremely necessary that the State enhance or modify their existing long term services and supports (LTSS) delivery systems in order to implement innovative approaches to evaluating how the performance of streamlined access impacts multiple payers, multiple populations, healthcare utilization, and the return on investment at the State and Federal levels. The goal is to support states with documenting efficiency and/or cost savings. Funds may be used to develop an integrated data system, evaluate existing data elements, and/or implement a training protocol to support the intervention being tested.

  • Deadline: Estimated June 01, 2018
  • Award Ceiling: $600,000

Culturally Specific Substance Abuse Treatment for Children and Adolescents 

The healthcare system does not always provide culturally specific services for the diverse residents of North Minneapolis. Organizations will be able to use this grant money to identify and reduce differences in access, service use, and outcomes of services among females and racial and ethnic minority populations to address health disparities. SAMHSA recognizes that effective and quality treatment for adolescent and transitional aged youth includes age and developmentally appropriate evidence-based assessments and practices. 

  • Deadline: April 10, 2018
  • Award Ceiling: $541,350 

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.


SBA: Small Business Administration

The overarching mission of the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development (“GC BD”) is to assist small businesses to compete for Federal prime contracts and to secure subcontracting opportunities from large businesses. Within the GCBD -, the Office of Business Development's (BD’s) specific mission is to execute activities authorized under Sections 8(a) and 7(j) of the Small Business Act. Under the former, SBA provides business development assistance to firms that are owned and controlled by economically and socially disadvantaged individuals. Section 7(j) of the Small Business Act authorizes the U.S. Small Business Administration (¬“SBA”) to provide management and technical assistance to eligible individuals and businesses. To be eligible for 7(j) services, a client must be: a socially and economically disadvantaged individual whose firm is a participant in the 8(a) Business Development Program; a business that is eligible to receive 8(a) contracts; or a business which qualifies as small under 13 CFR subpart 121 – Small Business Size Regulations; and that is located in an urban or rural area with a high proportion of unemployed or low-income individuals, or which is owned by such low-income individuals.

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

NSF: National Science Foundation

This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the preK-12 levels. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS and CT to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, professional development (PD) and ongoing support that they need to teach rigorous computer science courses; preK-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS and CT into their teaching; and schools and districts the resources needed to define and evaluate multi-grade pathways in CS and CT.

NASA : National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA’s Office of Education, collaborating closely with the NASA Mission Directorates, and also in cooperation with NASA Headquarters’ Office of Communications and Mission Support Directorate, solicits proposals led by Informal Education Institutions (IEIs) to provide inquiry- or experiential-based educational opportunities with direct alignment with major NASA missions for students and the public. These opportunities shall utilize partnerships with major networks of other IEIs, youth-serving organizations, libraries, and/or K-12 schools along with commercial entities, higher education institutions, and/or other agencies that support Federal STEM education goals. Through this solicitation, which transitions from its precursor (CP4SMPVC), NASA seeks to enhance the ability of IEIs and partners to deliver and participate in NASA-based activities, and to increase the capacity of institutions to utilize NASA resources and to provide students with the opportunity to contribute to NASA’s mission. In particular, this solicitation seeks projects that feature the most current NASA missions, science, engineering, exploration, or technologies in space exploration, space science, or microgravity (or a combination of these topics) to support NASA Engagement outcomes. NASA TEAM II seeks to provide authentic STEM engagement opportunities for students and the public, and/or informal and formal educators serving these audiences that:• Provide STEM engagement activities aligned with NASA mission-driven needs and priorities;• Utilize partnerships and regional and national networks of STEM- and STEM education-related IEIs to maximize reach and impact;• Leverage NASA missions, content, people, and facilities to provide experiential authentic STEM opportunities that encourage innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills; • Better serve groups historically underrepresented and underserved in STEM fields; • Use or develop evidenced-based educational strategies in designing and implementing the project and address state and local needs; and• Provide a measureable impact on learner interest in and positive attitudes towards STEM topics and improve self-perception of the learner’s ability to participate in STEM. For this solicitation, informal education projects shall target STEM engagement and advancement of STEM literacy for youth (particularly those in grades 4-8), families, and informal and formal educators serving those audiences.   

DOC: Department of Commerce

The purpose of this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) is to build capacity for environmental literacy in support of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mission goals through a cooperative agreement with a non-profit organization. In order to further the efforts of the external community that supports NOAA’s environmental literacy-related priorities, NOAA is seeking a partnership with a nonprofit organization with a mission of environmental education and/or conservation to work with NOAA to implement formal and informal education efforts, outreach, and professional development in support of environmental literacy. The successful applicant will be supported through a 5-year cooperative agreement with NOAA and should have significant experience supporting environmental literacy, as well as capacity to convene meetings and workshops, manage small-scale grants, and support program evaluation. Experience facilitating partnerships, developing education and outreach materials, and implementing educator professional development is also preferred. Specific activities will be determined collaboratively with NOAA and will further the efforts of the external community to build environmental literacy through informal and formal education. Projects will support NOAA's mission in the areas of ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences and stewardship as defined by the goals of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan 2015-2035 ( Projects must be implemented within the United States and its territories. Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations. For-profit organizations, individuals, state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States, foreign institutions, foreign organizations and foreign government agencies, and institutions of higher education are not eligible to apply, but may be project partners.

DOS: Department of State

U.S. Mission to Vietnam

The U.S. Mission to Vietnam invites alumni of Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) student and scholar fellowships to submit proposals to the VEF Alumni Small Grants Program. These grants aim to strengthen the VEF Alumni community in Vietnam by creating opportunities for alumni to work together on a shared vision of a brighter future for Vietnam and the U.S. - Vietnam relationship by addressing shared concerns. Alumni teams, which can include alumni of other U.S. Government (USG) sponsored programs, can submit proposals as a group of individuals or under the auspices of a non-profit organization in which alumni are working. Project budgets cannot exceed $20,000. Proposals must be in English. Proposals may be submitted on a rolling basis between February 5 and July 31, 2018 with submission deadlines as follows: March 31, May 31 and July 31. Leaders of winning grant proposals will be contacted approximately two weeks after each deadline.

NEH: National Endowment for the Humanities

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be eligible for this special opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be essential to the project’s research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics being addressed demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Successful projects will likely incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan.

USDA: Department of Agriculture

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

NIFA's Agriculture in the Classroom Program (AITC) serves nearly 5 million students and 60,000 teachers annually through workshops, conferences, field trips, farm tours, and other educational activities. AITC programs include working with state AITC activities engaged in a variety of issues relating to agricultural literacy. Other programs emphasized by the NIFA AITC office include:• Science literacy • Agricultural careers • Nutrition • Pre-service and professional develop opportunities for teachers. The disciplines of agriculture and education have been related for much of our nation's history. When most Americans lived on farms or in small towns, students often did farm chores before and after school. Old schoolbooks have numerous agricultural references. As the farming population began to decline, agricultural emphasis decreased in educational materials as well. A core group of educators and agriculturalists pushed for more youth education about agriculture. They recognized the interlocking role of farming and food and fiber production with environmental quality, which included wildlife habitat, clean water, and the preservation of forests. This group went on to promote the national effort of AITC. Today AITC continues to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society so they will become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences in order to help ensure the existence of a workforce in the United States that's qualified to serve the FANH sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the FANH sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the FANH sciences. 

DOD: Department of Defense

Engineer Research and Development Center

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for various research and development topic areas. The ERDC consists of the Coastal and Hydraulics Lab (CHL), the Geotechnical and Structures Lab (GSL), the Reachback Operations Center (UROC), the Environmental Lab (EL) and the Information Technology Lab (ITL) in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire, the Construction Engineering Research Lab (CERL) in Champaign, Illinois, and the Geospatial Research Laboratory (GRL) in Alexandria, Virginia. The ERDC is responsible for conducting research in the broad fields of hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/ chemical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for installations, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, facilities maintenance, materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage conservation, and ecological processes. For questions regarding proposals to CHL, GSL, EL, ITL, CRREL, and UROC submit your question to the following e-mail address: You may also contact Frank Spears at 601-634-3908 or via email at For questions regarding proposals to CERL and GRL, contact Andrea Thomas at 217-373-6746 or via email at You may contact the technical personnel listed at the end of each topic area for questions concerning the topic areas themselves.


USDA: Department of Agriculture

Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing potential availability of grants and agreements for the purpose of leveraging NRCS resources, addressing local natural resource issues, encouraging collaboration and developing state- and community-level conservation leadership. Proposals will be accepted for projects located in the following states: Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2018 in Minnesota will be: $4.0M Total, $25k Minimum Award, $1.0M Maximum Award, 18 Awards. Proposals are requested from Federally recognized tribal governments, State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and institutions of higher learning for competitive consideration of grant or agreement awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration. This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant

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 for projects carried out in the state of ME. A total of up to $250,000 is available for CIG in FY 2018. All non-Federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of Federal agencies. Projects may be between one and three years in duration. The maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2018 is $75,000.

Forest Service

The Secretary of Agriculture has a congressionally designated advisory council that assists the U.S. Forest Service in establishing the grant categories and recommendations of final proposals for the Forest Service to consider. This is the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council).The Council serves to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the status of the nation’s urban and community forests and related natural resources. The Council seeks to establish sustainable urban and community forests, by encouraging communities of all sizes to manage and protect their natural resources, which, if well managed, improves the public’s health, well-being, economic vitality, and creates resilient ecosystems for present and future generations. Urban and Community Forestry Program Requirements The Council recommends urban and community forestry projects that have national or multi-state application and impact through the U.S. Forest Service’s competitive Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program. A proposal’s content must meet the Urban and Community Forestry program authorities as designated by Congress in the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, (Section 9 PDF, pp. 19-24) State & Private Cooperative Forestry Handbook of Programs and the annual criteria set forth by the Council. A listing of the previously funded projects can be viewed at Urban Forestry South list of past NUCFAC grants 


USDOJ: Department of Justice

National Institute of Justice

NIJ's drugs and crime portfolio supports research on law enforcement efforts to deter, investigate, prosecute, and address illegal drug trafficking, markets, and use. This FY2018 solicitation seeks investigator-initiated proposals to conduct applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for State, local and tribal jurisdictions. The two drug priorities are: 1) opioid-related criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community surveillance; and 2) illegal marijuana markets and drug-related violent crime. Opioid research proposals should address narcotics law enforcement, forensic science, and/or medicolegal death investigations; and opioids include heroin, fentanyl, diverted pharmaceuticals, synthetic drugs, and analogues.

Office on Violence Against Women

The Campus Program encourages a comprehensive coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety, provides services for victims and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. The funding supports activities that develop and strengthen trauma informed victim services and strategies to prevent, investigate, respond and prosecute sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The development of campus-wide coordinated responses involving campus victim service providers, law enforcement/campus safety officers, health providers, housing officials, administrators, student leaders, faith-based leaders, representatives from student organizations, and disciplinary board members is critical. To be effective, campus responses must also link to local off-campus criminal justice agencies and service providers, including local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices, courts, and nonprofit, nongovernmental victim advocacy and victim services organizations. Campuses are encouraged to create or revitalize large-scale efforts that treat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as serious offenses by adopting effective policies and protocols, developing victim services and programs that prioritize victim safety, ensuring offender accountability, and implementing effective prevention approaches. Colleges and universities should demonstrate to every student that these crimes will not be tolerated, that perpetrators will face serious consequences, and that holistic services are available for victims.


HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

The NIEHS Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental health Research (RIVER) program seeks to provide support for the majority of the independent research program for outstanding investigators in the Environmental Health Sciences, giving them intellectual and administrative freedom, as well as sustained support to pursue their research in novel directions in order to achieve greater impacts. The program seeks to identify individuals, regardless of career stage, with a potential for continued innovative and impactful research and combine their existing investigator-initiated research into a single award with a duration of up to eight years and direct costs of $600,000 and potentially up to $750,000 based on current NIEHS funding to be consolidated into the award.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families grant program (Short Title: Youth and Family TREE). The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18), transitional aged youth (ages 16-25), and their families/primary caregivers with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. The population of focus is adolescents and/or transitional aged youth and their families/primary caregivers with SUD and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (hereafter known as “the population of focus”). Based on need and identification of traditionally underserved populations, applicants may choose to provide services to adolescents and their families/primary caregivers, transitional aged youth and their families/primary caregivers, or both populations and their families/primary caregivers. Applicants that select transitional aged youth may choose a subset of this population of focus (e.g., ages 16-18, ages 18-21, ages 21-25). Applicants will be expected to identify and reduce differences in access, service use, and outcomes of services among females and racial and ethnic minority populations to address health disparities. SAMHSA recognizes that effective and quality treatment for adolescent and transitional aged youth includes age and developmentally appropriate evidence-based assessments and practices. In addition, SAMHSA recognizes that family/primary caregiver involvement in the adolescent and transitional aged youth’s treatment is a key factor in effective treatment and recovery programs. The recipient will be expected to provide a coordinated multi-system family centered approach that will enhance and expand comprehensive evidence-based treatment, including early intervention, and recovery support services to the population of focus.

Health Resources and Services Administration

This notice solicits applications for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program, authorized by 42 USC 280h-4. This notice of funding opportunity details the eligibility requirements, review criteria, and awarding factors for organizations seeking a SBHCC award in fiscal year (FY) 2019. FY 2019 SBHCC awards will increase access to mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services in operational school-based health centers (SBHCs), by funding minor alteration/renovation (A/R) projects and/or purchase of moveable equipment, including telehealth equipment. Applicants must demonstrate how their proposal will support the provision of effective, efficient, quality health care, and lead to improvements in access to mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services at the SBHC site(s).

Centers for Disease Control - OPHPR

This award will provide supplemental funds only for recipients previously awarded under CDC-RFA-TP17-1701: Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreements. This supplement will also serve as notification to funded entities that the current period of performance, originally scheduled to end on June 30, 2022, will now end on June 30, 2019. A new Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement will be published to go into effect on July 1, 2019, and will mark the beginning of a new five-year period of performance. Funding for this budget period is provided for both HPP and PHEP programmatic activities. A total of $226,948,000 for HPP and $605,632,500 for PHEP in fiscal year 2018 funds is estimated to be available for this Budget Period 1 Supplement, which begins July 1, 2018, and ends June 30, 2019. The funding amounts shown in the appendices are for planning purposes only and may be revised based on the final fiscal year 2018 budget. This announcement is only for non-research activities supported by ASPR and CDC. If research is proposed, the application will not be considered. For this purpose, research is defined at: 

Administration for Community Living

The No Wrong Door (NWD) System represents a collaborative effort of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), to support state efforts to streamline access to services in the community for all populations in order to promote the collaboration of local service organizations, making service delivery more efficient and person-centered. States have successfully transformed their access systems with focus and support from state governance, public outreach, streamlined eligibility and person-centered counseling. Every state and territory, to some degree, has an access system to home and community based services. However the need for coordinated, NWD Systems continues to grow as the current population in need of long term services and supports (LTSS) are faced with duplicate eligibility and enrollment systems that vary by different populations and funding streams. Individuals, families and caregivers become dependent on public programs, the Federal and State Medicaid budgets continue to grow exponentially and resources become scarce due to duplicative and inefficient processes. Challenges remain that not all access systems are systematically able to track comprehensive data, leading to an inability to track core outcomes and return on investment. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) would specifically fund up to 7 state grantees to support business case development for high performing, streamlined LTSS access systems, or No Wrong Door Systems, in order to demonstrate the value of home and community based services. Grantees will enhance or modify their existing LTSS delivery systems in order to implement innovative approaches to evaluating how the performance of streamlined access impacts multiple payers, multiple populations, healthcare utilization, and the return on investment at the State and Federal levels. The goal is to support states with documenting efficiency and/or cost savings. Funds may be used to develop an integrated data system, evaluate existing data elements, and/or implement a training protocol to support the intervention being tested. 

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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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