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2017 One Minneapolis Fund Pre-proposal Conference Question and Answers

Q: How much funding is available?
A: $182,000.

Q: Is there a matching requirement?
A: No there is not.

Q: Can organizations partner?
A: Yes, we encourage collaboration.

Q: When will organizations find out if they were selected?
A: The City Council will make a final decision on organizations that will receive funding on June 16, 2017. NCR staff will begin working with funded organizations on contracts in July 2017.

Q: How will funds be spread between the two funding groups?
A: This will depend on the proposals received. In the past, the funding was pretty evenly split between the two funding groups.

Q: How is the $25,000 designated for City initiated programs awarded?
A: The One Minneapolis Fund Committee of the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission will be working on drafting guidelines to allocate that portion of the One Minneapolis Fund.

Q: What are the contract terms for the One Minneapolis Fund? More specifically related to payments.
A: Contracts are paid on a reimbursement basis.

Q: Are funds given to the organization or to the vendors they use?
A: The funds are reimbursed to the organization contracted with. If your organization partners with other organizations, the main organization will pay partner organizations for their work. Documentation of costs need to be provided.

Q: Can one organization apply to both funding groups?
A: Yes.

Q: How many organizations will receive funding?
A: In past years of the program, 10 to 11 organizations have received funding.

Q: Is the designated $25,000 a part of the $182,000 in total available funding?
A: Yes.

Q: Can organizations who do community engagement that is not directly related to the City of Minneapolis receive funding?
A: Yes.

Q: Is there a way to get information on previously funded programs?
A: Yes, a list of all previously funded programs and the annual reports for the 2013 and 2014 grant cycles can be found on our website.

Q: Are art related projects qualified?
A: Yes, as long as they are related to leadership development and/or community engagement.

Q: Can awarded funds be used on things like travel expenses?
A: Yes, if the travel is a component of the program.

Q: Does the City have desired outcomes of funded programs? Are there specific issues they want to address?
A: The City would like to see funded programs result in developing leaders to serve on City boards and Commissions as well as become more civically connected to the City.

Q: How many proposals are typically received each year?
A: Typically around 40.

Q: Does asking for less than the max amount improve your chances of being funded?
A: We typically don’t see that. However, it would allow for the consideration of funding more proposals.

Q: How are the proposals scored?
A: There is a scoring matrix that is used by the One Minneapolis Fund Committee.

Q: Do you prioritize organizations with limited capacity or is that just who typically applies?
A: Typically, smaller organizations have been given preference in the past.

Q: Is organization size based on revenue?
A: Yes.

Q: Does the organization need to have headquarters in Minneapolis? Or is it ok as long as the work is done in Minneapolis?
A: Yes, organizations must be headquartered in Minneapolis and do their work in Minneapolis. 

Q: Is the 500 word limit for each section or each question?
A: The word limit is for each question.

Last updated Apr 17, 2017



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