City offering grants to fight graffiti

The city of Minneapolis is offering micro grants of up to $10,000 for neighborhood groups and other nonprofit organizations working to combat graffiti. Projects can range from landscaping and street lighting improvements to education programs and surveillance cameras.

Eligible groups must be based in Minneapolis and working on projects within the city. An informational meeting will be held March 5 at 1 p.m. in the City of Lakes building, 309 2nd Ave. S., room 203. Applications are due March 14 and can be found at the city’s website.

Officials have $150,000 worth of grants, which are to be used as “seed money” in helping the city reach its five-year goal of “A Safe Place to Call Home: Guns, Gangs and Graffiti Gone.”