Minneapolis Connects February Newsletter


March 3, 2020

Comment on recommended Neighborhoods 2020 program guidelines, future programming to focus on racial equity

The public comment period is open for the Neighborhoods 2020 draft program guidelines on neighborhood programming and funding to support the City’s 70 neighborhood organizations in 2021 and beyond. 

The draft program guidelines follow the vision to preserve Minneapolis’ neighborhood organizations and create equitable communities in which all people are valued, communities are engaged and leadership mirrors the diversity of the city.

How to give your input

Public comments are due by 11:59 p.m. on April 17. Leave your comment using one of these methods:

  • Neighborhoods 2020 public comment meetings
    • 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 9 Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.
    • 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 2 Northeast Park and Recreation Center, multipurpose room, 1530 Johnson St. NE
  • Email Neighborhoods2020@minneapolismn.gov.
  • Call 612-673-3737.
  • Text or leave a voicemail.
    • Español: 612-404-2978
    • Hmoob: 612-367-6548
    • Soomaaliga: 612-404-2978
    • English: 612-518-8743
  • Mail
    • Neighborhood and Community Relations
      105 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 425
      Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

Next steps

  • May 4: Final guidelines and public comments presented to the City Council’s Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights and Engagement Committee.
  • May 15: City Council presentation and vote.

Find more information on Neighborhoods 2020 and its process here.

One Minneapolis Fund now accepting applications

Immigrant Women's Network CAPI 2017 (One Minneapolis Fund Recipient)

Cultural and community nonprofit organizations, you're invited to apply for funding for leadership development projects in Minneapolis through the One Minneapolis Fund. Find the Request for Proposals on the City of Minneapolis’ eSupplier Portal under “Contracting Opportunities.”

We recommend that you create your eSupplier account and register your organization as a “bidder” ahead of time to make sure you can submit your proposal by the application deadline, April 3 at 4 p.m.

You can apply for funding in one of these two categories:

  1. Projects seeking up to $15,000 that prepare Minneapolis residents from underrepresented groups to serve on City boards and commissions or on one of Minneapolis’s 70 neighborhood organization boards.
  2. Projects seeking up to $25,000 that connect historically under-engaged residents to the City and engage communities, beyond neighborhood borders, from target audiences.

City-designated neighborhood organizations receiving CPP funding are ineligible to apply directly but may partner with other organizations on eligible projects. Read more...

Orientation and Q&A

Join us for an orientation on the One Minneapolis Fund and eSupplier application system on March 12, from 2-3:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Crown Roller Mill Building at 105 5th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55401. RSVP encouraged but not required through email to aryca.myers@minneapolismn.gov.

Pictured: CAPI USA's One Minneapolis Fund project from 2015, Immigrant Women's Network

Community engagement and census learning labs start March 24

Spring 2019 Effectively Planning for Community Engagement learning lab attendees conversing

Neighborhood organization staff and volunteers, community partners and City staff are invited to join NCR's community engagement team for a series of free learning labs about how to do effective, inclusive community engagement.

During this session, the City of Minneapolis Census 2020 Complete Count project coordinator will also host "Census 2020: What it is and what you can do in your community" on March 24.

Learning labs will run in the mornings in City Hall through May 21.

The material covered in these labs will include:

  • Historical events and how they impact communities today.
  • Cultural considerations for inclusive engagement.
  • Effective modes of communication including media outlets, gatherings, major community events, holidays and festivals.

You can view the learning lab schedule and register here.

Find more information about the Community Connections learning lab series and sign up to get notifications when new classes are announced at Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/learninglabs.

Neighborhood organization job opening

Elliot Park is hiring a part-time community organizer. Apply here by March 4, 2020.

Minneapolis Food Action Plan meeting and input gathering

The City of Minneapolis is developing a Minneapolis Food Action Plan (MFAP). The plan will be aligned with the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and provide a roadmap toward a more equitable, climate resilient, just and sustainable local food system and local food economy.

Share your input in person at Food Council meetings focused on specific MFAP topic areas. We will  provide more opportunities to share input for those unavailable to attend.

Minneapolis Food Action Plan Meeting

  • March 11, 2020 - Topic 6: All topics together with Governance, Finance & Implementation
  • Pearl Park Recreation Center, Multi-purpose Room, 414 E Diamond Lake Rd, Minneapolis
  • RSVP for the upcoming meeting (encouraged, but not required)

Survey: How should the City focus its violence prevention efforts?

Take this survey by March 31 to help guide the City’s violence prevention priorities. It only takes a few minutes to share your thoughts on what forms of violence are most pressing in our community.

If you’d like to use the survey in an alternative format or a different language, email research.health@minneapolismn.gov.

Police Department switches to vouchers instead of tickets for broken turn signals or lights

Car tail light

The Minneapolis Police Department will no longer ticket drivers for broken headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals. Instead they will hand out vouchers to help pay for repairs. 

The Police Department analyzed “equipment violation” data, held multiple conversations with the community and police stakeholders, and participated in the Lights On! program for the past year.

Lights On! Is a Twin Cities metro area program funded through MicroGrants. A broken taillight or turn signal can sometimes mean choosing between a minor auto repair or buying groceries for the family. It can also spark a downward economic spiral that for some yields multiple tickets, confrontations with law enforcement, and even vehicle impoundment. The Lights On! program has the potential to disrupt the downward spiral and build goodwill between police departments and the communities they serve.

Chief Arradondo believes this policy change will increase trust between the Police Department and the communities they serve, allow officers to use their time responding to more serious and pressing traffic enforcement matters, and help with some of the department’s strained resource needs.

Advise the City on the issues you care about.

Why I Serve 2018 boards and commissions, commissioner Jerome Evans quote

Several board and commission positions are open for appointments this spring. In the past, City boards and commissions have brought forward recommendations that resulted in renter protections, wage theft prevention and a ban on a hazardous chemical in dry cleaning. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis help shape key policy decisions, give community-based input into the City’s administration of services and supply valuable insights.

The City seeks applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences representing the demographics of Minneapolis to strengthen the work of the City. Translation and interpreting services are available so all residents can participate.

The following positions are open until filled with application review beginning on the dates in parenthesis:

Potential applicants request more information at 612-673-2216 or OpenAppointments@minneapolismn.gov

#WeAreMpls campaign spotlights community builders

#wearempls collage

The City is promoting profiles of community builders across Minneapolis as part of the #WeAreMpls campaign with the goal of spotlighting people in each of the city’s 87 neighborhoods.

The profile series features people involved in a range of community-building work, including serving on City boards and commissions. They reflect on what they love about Minneapolis and their neighborhoods. The City will highlight profiles each Tuesday for the next several weeks on its social media channels and feature them at minneapolismn.gov/WeAreMpls.

If you have a story to share, live in Minneapolis and are interested in being featured in the campaign, share your photos and stories on social media with the hashtag #WeAreMpls. The City launched the campaign in the fall of 2017 to showcase Minneapolis’ rich diversity and commitment to be a welcoming place for everyone.

Textile Reduce and Reuse Event

Pile of assorted clothing. Text reads: Don't throw them away.

Access great textile reuse, repair, donation, and upcycling resources at this Tangletown Neighborhood Association event on Saturday, March 21 from 12-3 p.m. at Fuller Recreation Center.

The event will feature resource tables from organizations, repair demos and presentations.

Looking for information about the coronavirus disease 2019? Protect yourself and plan ahead

You likely have heard in recent news about the outbreak of a respiratory illness called coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19). As of Feb. 28, there have been no confirmed cases in Minnesota.

The City of Minneapolis Health Department is taking the situation seriously and actively monitoring the situation in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What can Minnesotans do to protect themselves?

The best available guidance for avoiding coronavirus disease 19 is to take the same precautions you take for avoiding colds and flu:

How should I prepare?

  • As always, be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home. Keep enough food, regular prescription drugs and other necessities on hand in case you need to stay home and are not able to easily go out.
  • Make plans to care for sick household members and know what you’d do if school or child care closes.
  • If you’re planning travel, check the CDC website for updated travel advisories.

As a reminder, seasonal flu is circulating in Minnesota. It’s never too late to get your flu shot, which will help protect you and those who are too young to get the shot.


These videos from Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm offer basic information about coronavirus disease 19 and resources for additional information and updates.

Find more information in this list of frequently asked questions on the City’s website, and you can stay up to date by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites often.

Minneapolis Connects is published by the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations department (NCR). If you have stories or community events that should be included in next month's edition, email rebekah.tedrick-moutz@minneapolismn.gov.

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