Twelve neighborhood groups have been selected to receive funding from the city’s new Community Innovation Fund — a competitive program that supports community projects advancing city goals.
The City Council’s Health, Energy & Environment Committee expressed support for the projects at its July 13 meeting. The 12 projects recommended for funding were selected from a pool of 19 applications.
For the first round of funding, the Community Innovation Fund has $300,000 to allocate for neighborhood projects. The funding comes from the city’s Consolidated Tax Increment Financing District.
The recommended funding for the projects breaks down as follows:
— $16,000 for the Bottineau Neighborhood Association, which is partnering with the Concerned Citizens of Marshall Terrace and the Above the Falls Citizens Advisory Committee on an air quality project. The neighborhood group plans to hire a public health intern to monitor the neighborhood’s air quality.
— $15,000 for the Citizens for a Loring Park Community, which is working with the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association on a landscaping plan to beautify the Hennepin-Lyndale Corridor.
— $20,000 for the Cleveland Neighborhood Association, which plans to work with Juxtaposition Arts and Bully Creative Shop on a new street forum community engagement tool.
— $25,000 for the East Phillips Improvement Coalition’s proposal to work with the Native American Youth Arts Collective on creating an art-based community engagement tool for youth living at Little Earth.
— $15,000 for the Holland Neighborhood Association, which is working with the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership on community engagement and planning for the Great Northern Greenway, a trail corridor linking north and northeast Minneapolis across the river.
— $18,000 for the Longfellow Community Council’s proposal to work with Metro Blooms, the Longfellow Business Association and Project for Pride in Living to develop 40 rain gardens in the neighborhood.
— $30,000 for the Lyndale Neighborhood Association to help with developing the Minneapolis Renters Coalition, a project the association is working on with Corcoran, Powderhorn Park, Central and West Bank neighborhood groups along with Home Line, a nonprofit that provides free legal advice to renters. The coalition will work on a range of issues impacting renters in the city.
— $26,000 for the Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association’s plan to provide startup funding for a Somali language FM radio station.
— $25,000 for the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, which is partnering with the Mercado Central business cooperative on efforts to increase the co-op’s organizational capacity.
— $15,000 for the Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association for engagement efforts on the redevelopment of the Glendale Public Housing development.
— $25,000 for Ventura Village’s proposal for an outdoor patio and picnic area next to the Phillips Community Center.
— $25,000 for the Windom Park Citizens in Action to expand an existing neighborhood tool library.