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Collaborative Safety Strategies Funding

How would you make your community safer? Minneapolis is investing $350,000 in funding for innovative ideas from the community that interrupt patterns of violence or criminal behavior in four key areas:

  • Broadway community, from I-94 to Penn Ave. $50,000
  • Penn Ave. community, from 36th Ave. to Lowry Ave. $50,000
  • Little Earth community, from 26th St. to Franklin around Bloomington $50,000
  • Lake Street community, from 35W to Hiawatha Ave. $200,000

View grant guidelines and frequently asked questions here. 

Map of CSS CorridorsPenn Ave. Broadway Little Earth and Lake St.

Funded Projects

In June 2018, City Council approved the funding of 10 projects that will improve safety in Minneapolis neighborhoods.

On Lake Street:

  • Lake Street Live: Uses visual art, story and movement to create a child centered-experience of belonging on Lake Street around the childcare center, Ayeeyo, and the surrounding blocks. 
  • A Safer Minneapolis, A City for All: Works with the South Minneapolis community to help reduce crime on Lake Street and to engage with check-cashing business owners along Lake Street to make it safer for workers to carry home their cash wages.
  • United Communities Outreach: Works with the community along Lake Street in a collaboration between harm reduction organizations, the MN Health Department, treatment programs, homelessness programs and others in a community-led outreach effort, bringing a sense of family to the community and providing the resources, relationships and contacts necessary for neighbors to become advocates.
  • Adopt-a-Block | South Minneapolis Public Safety Coalition: Creates incentives for outreach, clean up and business patronage along Lake Street. The project will target key hotspots along Lake Street (from 35W to Hiawatha Avenue) and will intentionally engage all members of Lake Street’s diverse community.

In Little Earth:

  • Little Earth Restorative Justice: Works with residents of Little Earth to build the capacity and leadership of the community to provide restorative justice solutions from local residents. Partner agencies are Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership and Little Earth Residents Association.
  • Little Earth Youth Council: Is piloting a youth led community engagement and leadership development program. Partner agencies are Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership (SLRJP), Minneapolis Police Activities League (PAL), Little Earth Residents Association and Little Earth Youth Development Center.
  • Building Strong Men Mentoring Program: In collaboration with the Minneapolis American Indian Center and the MPD Engagement Team, this project will identify a group of Native American boys to participate in a mentorship program along with a group of Native American men from the community, police officers and positive adults. The goal of the mentorship program will be to promote Native American cultural identity and traditions as well as an overall positive healthy lifestyle and healthy choices.

On Broadway:

  • Athleadership 2.0: The Continuum Center and Change Equals Opportunity will implement a leadership training and mentorship program for high school students.
  • The Man Up Club: Engages youth in crisis, from ages 16-24, along the West Broadway corridor in a program that provides mentoring sessions with professional adult role models.

On Penn Avenue:

  • The Penn Community Collaborative: Will host events and programs that will occur during the summer to activate the Penn Avenue corridor, including family movie nights, activities in the Penn Garden, creation of a mural at Lucy Laney Elementary, and others.

How Projects Were Chosen

Residents were invited to sign up to be a part of the proposal review team in their area if they:

  • Lived, worked or owned a business in one of the four key areas.
  • Did not have any financial conflicts of interest with any of the applicants for funding for their area.

Teams met the week of May 22 and submitted funding recommendations to City Council. Final recommendations were sent to City Council for final approval on June 18.

How Collaborative Projects Were Created

Attendance at an ideation session was required from at least one partner listed on each funding application. During ideation sessions, neighborhood residents and attendees from community organizations, nonprofits and small businesses pitched their ideas about how to make their community safer. Attendees then chose partners to collaborate with on their ideas.

Program Timeline 2018

Residents, business owners and organizations in the four key areas were invited to propose ideas to make their community safer.

The award approval and notification dates were shifted to reflect the extension to the application deadline.

Contact Us

Questions? Call 612-673-3737 or email [email protected].

Last updated Aug 23, 2018



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