City of Minneapolis Now Seeking Proposals for the One Minneapolis Fund

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The One Minneapolis Fund provides grants to community organizations for leadership development programs and community engagement activities.

A total of $182,000 is available from the One Minneapolis Fund in 2016. Community organizations may apply for up to $25,000 in funding for projects. To be eligible for funding from the program, an organization must be a non-governmental, non-profit organization serving residents of Minneapolis. Neighborhoods who receive Community Participation Program funding are not eligible to apply, however, they may partner with a community organization on a project in which the community organization serves as the applicant to the One Minneapolis Fund.

In 2015, nine grants totaling $182,000 were awarded to:

Somali Action Alliance Education Fund – $12,000

Fund the Somali Leaders Project to provide leadership training to prepare for Somali residents to serve on the boards of the Lyndale, Whittier, Phillips West and Seward neighborhood organizations, neighborhoods with large concentrations of Somali residents. The project will offer a leadership summit, training in board operations, post training placement assistance and monthly leadership seminars for training graduates.

CAPI USA –$12,000

The funding would be used to develop the Immigrant Women’s Network, a leadership training initiative for professional immigrant women to become involved with city leadership structures.

YouthCARE –$21,500

Support for the Teen Program at the Little Earth of the United Tribes. Provide training in leadership and civic engagement to youth ages 13 to 18 years old focused on the Safety and Sobriety Program.

Appetite for Change –$19,500

Funding for the community engagement program of Appetite for Change includes several projects all aimed at using food as a tool to build equity and increase civic engaging within the African American community in North Minneapolis. Programs include the Good Food Advocacy Campaign in which Food Ambassadors meet to discuss changes needed in the community and Community Cooks workshops which use cooking classes as an engagement tool.

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha –$19,500

Provide funding for the Workplace Rights Defenders project which focuses on leadership development and community engagement among low-wage workers of color who live and/or work in Minneapolis.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater –$19,500

The project involves leadership training for youth in the Phillips neighborhoods.  The youth leaders will also be trained in interviewing, art creation and neighborhood celebrations to engage residents in Phillips in community affairs.

Little Earth of the United Tribes –$19,500

This project will train block club leaders in organizing and crime prevention techniques and form an organized system of block clubs with Little Earth. The project will also involve hosting safety forums and developing communications, engagement and action plans to enhance safety in the Little Earth complex.

One Family One Community –$19,500

The program would provide training in leadership and serving on boards and commissions for people experiencing housing instability and work to place participants on the boards of neighborhood organizations.

The Neighborhood Hub –$19,500

The project involves training youth in North Minneapolis in community organizing and public participation techniques. Topics to be addressed include health disparities in the community and community-police relations.



Proposals are due by 4:00 PM on April 11, 2015. Any questions on the program should be submitted in writing to  To submit a proposal, visit: