New NRP plan modification process and resources for neighborhood organizations

City of Minneapolis

Dear neighborhood directors and board chairs,

The NCR neighborhoods team has put together several new developments, resources and grant opportunities to share with you.

If you have any questions about the contents of this email or have updates, suggestions for resources or topics that NCR's neighborhoods team should share with all neighborhood organizations, please contact or call 612-673-2905.

New NRP plan modification process

A significant change to the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) plan modification process is going before the NRP Policy Board on August 20 for approval before going before the City Council on September 27. 

The NRP Policy Board recommended that all plan modifications in excess of $100,000 be presented, discussed and approved by the Policy Board. Previously, the Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) Department director had discretion to approve or refer plan modifications to the Policy Board.

Neighborhoods were first notified of the proposed change and encouraged to send in public comments by July 25, and we received one comment, which was in favor of this change.

All plan modifications (including those that fall under this policy change) must go through a 21-day notification to those affected (neighborhood residents) to ensure that all requirements are met. Please contact your neighborhood support specialist when first discussing a modification. The neighborhood support specialists will assist in planning, identifying engagement practices and assist with presenting to the NRP Policy Board.

If you plan on making major plan modifications to NRP funds, please consider this change, as the process could lead to longer wait times for plan modification approvals. The meeting schedule for the Policy Board is:

Deadlines to submit plan modification documents to NCR

Meeting Location

Date of Policy Board Meeting


September 1, 2019

105 5th Ave. S.
(Crown Roller Building)

September 17, 2019
5-6 p.m.

November 1, 2019

105 5th Ave. S.
(Crown Roller Building)

November 29, 2019
5-6 p.m.

January 1, 2020

105 5th Ave. S.
(Crown Roller Building)

January 21, 2020
5-6 p.m.


New neighborhood specialists hired

We have three exciting staff changes we wanted to share with you.

First, Stacy Sorenson has moved into the role of NRP finance specialist with the City’s Development Finance Division (DFD). She will be working primarily on NRP-funded home improvement and home buyer programs. Stacy is replacing Joe Horan, who retired in July. In this new role, she will be working closely with Bob Cooper and other DFE staff.

Second, Ethrophic Burnett and Aryca Myers are joining our team as neighborhood support specialists. Ethrophic and Aryca both bring many years of experience in organizing, empowering, and engaging residents throughout Minneapolis and beyond. They officially start August 19.

For some neighborhood organizations this will mean changes in the assigned neighborhood support specialist. NCR will be reaching out as soon as possible with these new assignments.

NCR will be sharing more news and updates once Ethropic and Aryca start. Until then, please make sure you congratulate all these folks if you happen to see them.

Census 2020 is canvassing neighborhoods now

Census workers have begun canvassing neighborhoods to count the number of dwellings before census questionnaires are mailed out. Learn how the Census Bureau does this and how to verify a census worker's credentials here.

In 2020, the US census will determine how many congressional representatives Minnesota will have for the next decade, and will impact funding for schools and local communities. Getting an accurate and complete count of all residents is vital.

If you would like more information on how neighborhoods can help ensure a Minneapolis Complete Count, please contact your neighborhood support specialist or Alberder Gillespie, census 2020 coordinator, at

 Sign up here for the latest We Count news for the 2020 census.

Arrange a Q&A session at your neighborhood organization from the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

Michelle Rivero, Director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs for the City of Minneapolis will be reaching out to neighborhood organizations that have a high concentration of immigrants and refugee residents to gauge interest in holding immigration Q&A sessions in safe community spaces about topics including the public charge rule and ICE enforcement actions.

If you would like more information about OIRA or would like to set up a Q&A in your neighborhood, please contact or call 612-673-6103.

Funding opportunities

Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)

CNU invites local organizations and municipalities from the region to apply to participate in our Legacy Projects, neighborhood design workshops led by national experts in the fields of planning, urban design, and architecture. Legacy Projects tap into the expertise of our membership to develop real solutions for locally identified issues, through an intense pro bono neighborhood design workshop.

Legacy Projects leverage over $125,000 in professional design assistance per project and are executed in neighborhoods which have experienced decades of disinvestment, have majority minority populations, or have been overlooked by mainstream planning and investment strategies.

Minneapolis Climate Action & Racial Equity Fund

The Minneapolis Climate Action & Racial Equity Fund offers grants for place-based, community-driven initiatives and projects that result in a demonstrable reduction in local greenhouse gas emissions, align with the goals of the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan, and further the goals of the Minneapolis Strategic Racial Equity Plan. This fund is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation.

Eligible applicant are 501(c)3 nonprofits, schools, churches, neighborhood organizations, business associations or charitable and grassroots organizations with a fiscal agent. Eligible projects include:

  • Place-based and result in demonstrable greenhouse gas emissions reduction
  • Consistent with the goals of the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan and incorporate areas of the Minneapolis Strategic Racial Equity Plan
  • Meaningfully engaging local residents/organizations to increase the sense of ownership of climate solutions and strengthen social connections among individuals and networks

Applications are due on September 16, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.  All projects must take place within the City of Minneapolis with priority given to projects that serve residents within designated Green Zones. Please go to for more information.

More grant opportunities:

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact NCR at or call 612-673-3737. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626. Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.