Promise Zone Grants

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August 9, 2018

Minneapolis Promise Zone Workmark

In this edition of Minneapolis Promise Zone Updates:

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

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.


Department of Housing and Urban Development

The purpose of this assistance is to continue investing in the creation and maintenance of a professional and effective housing counseling industry that is able to meaningfully assist consumers by providing them with the information they need to make informed housing choices, and maximizes the impact of Federal funding appropriated for HUD’s Housing Counseling Program. HUD recognizes six (6) Core Topics in which housing counselors need to be competent. These are: 1. Financial Management; 2. Property Maintenance; 3. Homeownership and Tenancy; 4. Fair Housing and other Civil Rights Laws and Requirements 5. Housing Affordability; 6. Avoidance of, and responses to, rental and mortgage delinquency and avoidance of eviction and mortgage default. HUD recognizes that counselors may specialize in specific housing counseling topics, and that generally counselors will need more than general housing counseling training in order to provide high quality services that include general and specialized housing counseling topics. This NOFA provides notice of a grant program that supports the provision of both basic housing counseling training and specialized topics of training to help meet these perceived needs. This financial support will assist housing counseling agencies to increase the use of partnerships with local and state-wide organizations to provide additional place based training on state and local issues. In addition, this support should result in an increased number of training scholarships. Statutory requirements enacted in 2010 state that individual housing counselors participating in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program shall demonstrate, by written examination, that they are competent in providing counseling in each of the core topics. HUD has developed regulations to address the statutory requirements for counselor certification and continues to encourages housing counselors to seek education on these topics following publication of the final rule.


Small Business Administration

The SBDC program is the SBA’s largest matching grant, funding a service delivery network to provide high quality business and economic development assistance to small businesses and nascent entrepreneurs in order to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and management improvement. The SBDCs, in partnership with SBA’s Office of Small Business Development Centers (OSBDC) and SBA District Offices, develop programs and provide business management and other services that enhance the economic development goals and objectives of SBA and their other respective state and local funding partners. The SBDC program is a broad-based system of assistance for the small business community that links the resources of Federal, state, and local governments with those of the educational community and the private sector. Although SBA is responsible for the general management and oversight of the SBDC program, a partnership exists between SBA and the recipient organization to effectuate the delivery of assistance to the small business community.

Department of Defense

Defense Logistics Agency

This funding opportunity is to receive applications for the Step 2 phase of FY19 option award consideration. For more information:

Department of the Interior

National Park Service

The Business Plan Internship (BPI) program engages graduate-level students in projects that provide actionable solutions to specific business planning and operational challenges of park units and/or program offices.


Department of the Interior

National Park Service

Project Goals –

• To provide opportunities described below for 100 urban youth ages 12 to 18 --specifically students residing in under-served and diverse communities of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.-- to explore, learn, and create positive memorable experiences in national parks through hiking, camping, rock climbing, trail work, ecology and geology lessons, water quality testing, sustainability, environmental education, urban agriculture, environmental conservation, etc.

• To connect youth with a better understanding and appreciation for green spaces in both urban and rural settings--including their own backyards; access to outdoor activities to help in overcoming health and mental health challenges, confidence and self-esteem, the role of teamwork, and outdoor exploration opportunities.

• To provide opportunities for students to learn about careers available with the National Park Service and other conservation-related fields/organizations.

B.  Project Objectives –

• Hire an outreach and program intern (coordinator) through a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Program cooperating partner to work closely with City Kids and National Park Service.

• The coordinator will plan weekend outdoor adventure trips for students to national parks in the National Capital Region and Northeast Region. This includes providing or arranging for educational programming and joining students as they engage in educational and recreational activities. 

• Students will engage in interactive visits to national park sites.

• City Kids staff will engage some youth in visits to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park so youth can learn about nature, history and recreational opportunities.

• Sessions will be scheduled to help kids learn about careers available with the National Park Service and other conservation.

National Science Foundation

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly qualified, recent doctoral scientists to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. Fellows may engage in observational, instrumental, theoretical, laboratory or archival data research in any area of astronomy or astrophysics, in combination with a coherent educational plan for the duration of the fellowship. The program supports researchers for a period of up to three years with fellowships that may be taken to eligible host institutions of their choice. The program is intended to recognize early-career investigators of significant potential and to provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in positions of distinction and leadership in the scientific community.

National Science Foundation

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) Program is an inclusive and flexible funding opportunity to support research in the astronomical sciences. The Program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for observational, theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies in astronomy and astrophysics. The Program also considers proposals for projects and tools that enable or enhance astronomical research. Proposals may span multiple disciplines and/or areas of study and may utilize multiple techniques.

National Science Foundation

The Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for development of new technologies and instrumentation for astronomy and astrophysics. The program supports overarching science objectives of the Division of Astronomical Sciences. Development of innovative, potentially transformative technologies are encouraged, even at high technical risk. Supported categories include but are not limited to:advanced technology development or concept feasibility studies and specialized instrumentation to enable new observations that are difficult or impossible to obtain with existing means. Proposals may include hardware and/or software development and/or analysis to enable new types of astronomical observations. The program encourages making products of research available to the public. It also encourages community coordination of technology and instrumentation development efforts via an annual Principal Investigators meeting.


Department of State

Bureau of International Narcotics-Law Enforcement

This project should generate an increase in the number of juvenile offenders referred to and/or completing alterative sentences, reduce recidivism, and facilitate access to justice for particularly vulnerable juvenile populations, including migrants, the disabled, afro-descendent and indigenous populations, and juveniles suffering from addiction, especially in Limón, Pococí, Puntarenas, San Carlos, the Southern Zone near the Panamanian border, and other vulnerable areas, as identified. Project activities should also facilitate the reinsertion of juvenile offenders into their communities by identifying educational and employment options for juvenile offenders, providing tools and strategies to facilitate their engagement with the formal education and employment sectors, and increasing access to drug treatment services. The project should also increase the services available to victims of juvenile offenders, by adapting the restorative justice framework to address the particular needs of this population, and equip a larger population of Poder Judicial staff to apply restorative techniques and provide continuity to the project by training future staff.

Department of the Interior

Fish and Wildlife Service

The Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network is a national, collaborative consortium of federal agencies, tribes, universities, state and local governments, and other partners that provide scientific research, technical assistance, and education on natural and cultural resource issues to federal land management, environmental, and research agencies.

Department of the Interior

National Park Service

Groundwork USA annual Youth Summit and Training will be held September 26-30, 2018 at Grand Canyon National Park. The theme of this year gathering is Building a Better America through Conservation. Sixty youth leaders and youth ambassadors from 20 American cities will gather for the five-day event to deepen their skills, share best practices, and strengthen their connection to American conservation practices.

Department of the Interior

National Park Service

Master Cooperative Agreement Number P15AC00031 was entered into by and between the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, (NPS), and The Student Conservation Association. This is a task agreement P18AC00293.

Project goals include (1) improving the condition of park trails for visitors to promote safety and increase visitor enjoyment, (2) improving resource conditions through mitigation of erosion, and (3) encouraging trail and park stewardship among youth through service learning. Project objectives include (1) the repair or replacement of twelve water bars, (2) the tread resurfacing of one and a half miles of trail, (3) removal of encroaching vegetation along four miles of trail, and (4) the completion of training and mentorship sessions. These goals will be met by employing youth and providing mentorship as they complete:  (1) Installing erosion control measures, such as water bars and stone diversions; (2) Pouring and spreading gravel to improve trail leveling; (3) Trimming encroaching vegetation and removing invasive plant species.

Department of Education

Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)

Purpose of Program: The Open Textbooks Pilot program supports projects at institutions of higher education (IHEs) that create new open textbooks (as defined in this notice) or expand their use of open textbooks while maintaining or improving instruction and student learning outcomes. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects that demonstrate the greatest potential to achieve the highest level of savings for students through sustainable, expanded use of open textbooks in high-enrollment courses (as defined in this notice) or in programs that prepare individuals for in-demand fields.

Department of the Interior

Geological Survey

The US Geological Surveys National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center (NRCASC), is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research to support the project entitled Science to Action Fellowship.

Department of Education

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance (TA), supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

Department of Education

Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)

Purpose of Program: The Pilot Program for Cybersecurity Education Technological Upgrades for Community Colleges is designed to support projects at institutions of higher education (IHEs) that provide technological upgrades for cybersecurity education programs at community colleges.

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

The goal of the program is to support the development of research capability in mobile and wireless health technology (e.g., wearable devices, mobile applications, electronic health records, data analytics). Special emphasis will be given to independent behavioral and social sciences investigators who seek to train in a STEM discipline (e.g., big data analysis, computational modeling, engineering, computer science, and mathematics) or to STEM scientists who which to train in a behavioral and social science discipline.

National Science Foundation

The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization -- societies, institutions, groups and demography -- and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender, race and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both the collection of original data and secondary data analysis and is open tothe full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed. As part of its effort to encourage and support projects that explicitly integrate education and basic research, the Sociology Program provides support to improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects undertaken by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) when the dissertation research is conducted in a scientifically sound manner and it offers strong potential for enhancing more general scientific knowledge. The Sociology Program funds doctoral dissertation research to defray direct costs associated with conducting research, for example, dataset acquisition, additional statistical or methodological training, meeting with scholars associated with original datasets, and fieldwork away from the student's home campus. Projects are evaluated using the two Foundation-wide criteria, intellectual merit and broader impacts. In assessing the intellectual merit of proposed research, four components are key to securing support from the Sociology Program: (1) the issues investigated must be theoretically grounded; (2) the research should be based on empirical observation or be subject to empirical validation or illustration; (3) the research design must be appropriate to the questions asked; and (4) the proposed research must advance understanding of social processes, structures and methods.


Department of Health and Human Services

Health Resources and Services Administration

This notice solicits applications for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP). The purpose of this program is to support community-based services aimed at improving the health status of children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to health services. This program supports the Health Resources and Services’ (HRSA's) goals to improve access to quality health care and services, build healthy communities, and improve health equity. Community-based programs and evidence-based models of care that build on existing community resources will be implemented and evaluated to demonstrate program impact. This program supports collaboration between local pediatric providers and community leaders in an effort to provide quality health care and preventive health services to children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities. HTPCP funding supports projects that provide clinical or public health services, and does not support research projects. HTPCP applications MUST represent either a new initiative (i.e., project that was not previously in existence) within the community or an innovative new component that builds upon an existing community-based program or initiative.

Department of the Interior

Bureau of Reclamation

The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) intends to issue a cooperative agreement to Cal Poly Pomona, Inc. under the authority of Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 15.560 Secure Water Act Research Agreements, Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Public Law 111-11, Sections 9504(b) Research Agreements and 9509 Research Agreement Authority. Total amount of agreement is $65,778.00 with Reclamation providing $65,778.00 in Federal Funds.  The purpose of the project is to research a new and innovative process for Thermal Energy Storage.  (Refer to the Notice of Intent to Award Announcement No.BOR-MP-18-N028 for additional information).

A Determination by the Government not to compete this proposed financial assistance agreement based upon Departmental Manual 505 DM 2, paragraph 2.14 (B)(1)(4) is solely within the discretion of the Government.  This notice of intent is NOT a request for competitive proposals.  Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to Leanne Henderson, Grants Management Specialist, by email at

Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control - NCBDDD

The purpose of this NOFO is to enhance the capacity of surveillance programs to implement a population-based, multiple source surveillance program for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The project will fund sites to participate in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network and will enhance surveillance activities at both prior and newly participating sites through two funding components. Component A is required for all applicants, while applying for Component B funding is optional. Component A funds surveillance of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 4-year-old and 8-year-old children. Component A activities include: adhere to standardized ADDM Network methodology; renew or establish agreements for access to BOTH health and education data sources (electronic and paper records); staff training and continued education; report clean, de-identified data with vital records/census linkages to CDC; submit at least two manuscripts; engage partners and stakeholders in activities aimed at increasing use of ADDM data; and create and implement a strategic plan for performance monitoring and evaluation. Component B funds conducting follow-up at age 16 years of children abstracted for ASD at age 8 years in 2010 and 2012, including collecting data on characteristics, functioning, and educational service delivery (including transition planning). These data will inform public health strategies to improve identification and services for children with ASD.

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications that propose to develop a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of improving minority health and/or reducing health disparities in one or more NIH-defined health disparity population groups. Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, and culturally acceptable.

Department of Education

Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information.

For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on February 12, 2018 (83 FR 6003) and available at

Purpose of Program: The GSEM program provides grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) to increase their capacity to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) by providing training and technical assistance in the development and implementation of high-quality school emergency operations plans (EOPs), as defined in this notice.


Department of Transportation

DOT/Federal Railroad Administration

Transportation Emergency Response Training Training for emergency responders, emergency medical technicians, police/fire personnel, etc. of tank car nomenclature, railroad operations and other related matters useful to mitigate railroad emergencies.

Department of Commerce

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

The 911 Grant Program provides Federal funding to grantees to help 911 call centers nationwide upgrade equipment and operations so that citizens, first responders, and 911 call-takers can use digital, IP-based, broadband-enabled technologies to coordinate emergency responses.

The 911 Grant Program application is a two-step process.

Step 1: Applicants must identify a designated 911 coordination. In addition, applicants must submit the certification in either Appendix A or Appendix B of the NOFO signed by the 911 Coordinator, certifying that the applicant has complied with the required statutory and programmatic conditions in submitting its application, including the statutory non-diversion requirement. Specific information can be found in the NOFO. After receipt of the initial applications, the Agencies will publish preliminary funding allocations for each of the States or Tribal Organizations meeting the certification requirements on

Step 2:  After the Agencies publish the preliminary funding allocations, eligible applicants must submit a complete application packet by the deadline established on

Department of Agriculture

Utilities Programs

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is accepting applications for an additional application window for the Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program (TAT).  For FY 2018, RUS received a budget appropriation of $40 million for the TAT Program.  In response to the application filing period of October 1, 2017, to December 31, 2017, as outlined in 7 CFR 1775, Subpart B, § 1775.10 (a), the Agency received 28 applications that will not use up all of the appropriation.  This Notice will make available the remaining funds under the TAT Program, for either a national water and wastewater infrastructure application assistance and project development program or a national apprenticeship/workforce development program.


National Endowment for the Arts

The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on May 1, 2019, or any time thereafter. Grants generally may cover a period of performance of up to two years, with an exception for projects that include primary data collection as part of the proposed activity. Projects that include primary data collection may request up to three years. Projects that extend beyond one year will be required to submit an annual progress report. A grantee may not receive more than one National Endowment for the Arts grant for the same project during the same period of performance. Grant Program Description In September 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA) Office of Research & Analysis published a five-year research agenda, supported by a system map and measurement model. Titled How Art Works, the report offers a framework for studying research topics critical to a broader public understanding of the arts' value and/or impact for individuals and communities. In December 2016, the NEA’s research office updated its five-year agenda for 2017-2021, which reflects a tighter focus on Arts Participation and Arts/Cultural Assets as essential research topics. Arts Participation, in the new agenda, remains inclusive of various modes of participation and specific arts activities. These modes are: attending arts events; reading literature; creating or performing art; consuming art via electronic media; and learning in the arts. Arts/Cultural Assets denotes artists and arts workers, arts venues and platforms, and arts organizations and industries.

Department of the Interior

National Park Service

The National Park Service's (NPS) African American Civil Rights Grant Program (AACR) will document, interpret, and preserve the sites related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century. The NPS 2008 report, "Civil Rights in America, A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites," will serve as the reference document in determining the appropriateness of proposed projects and properties. AACR Grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and will fund a broad range of preservation projects for historic sites including: architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation to structures. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match. There are separate funding announcements for physical preservation projects and for historical research/documentation projects. This announcement is for historical research/documentation projects.

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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