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A few of the ideas from last year included: anti-overdose and de-escalation training, a mentoring program involving Native American girls and revitalization of a dilapidated park. Proposals must bring together two or more segments of the community, such as public servants, youth, institutions, residents, business owners, nonprofits, etc.

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2018 Cycle Documents

The deadline to submit a proposal for Penn Avenue was extended to May 30, 2018.


Funding Areas and Allocations

  • 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 Outcomes from 2017

In 2017, organizers got together in Little Earth to carry out several projects with Collaborative Safety Strategies funding in the community. You can read their final report here.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The project must interrupt violence or criminal behavior in one of the four key areas outlined above.
  2. The project must be a new work product or new body of work, and not be a duplication of an existing service already being funded through another source.
  3. Projects that received Collaborative Safety Strategies (previously called Collaborative Public Safety Strategies) funding in 2017 may re-apply.
  4. At least one person listed as a partner on the funding application must have attended one of the ideation sessions.
  5. If applying as an individual, you must live, work or own a business in one of the four areas.
  6. Neighborhood or cultural organizations, local businesses, youth-serving agencies, accredited educational institutions, or places of worship may apply if they are located or serve the residents of one of the four corridors.
  7. All applicants must be willing to operate through the fiscal agent that the City has selected for their area.
  8. Applicants who have received past funding from the State of Minnesota or City of Minneapolis must be in good financial standing with the State and City.

Ideation Sessions

You or someone else listed as a partner on your application will need to be present at the ideation session to submit your idea. Anyone with a great idea can attend an ideation session (brainstorming session),  where you may find other partners and get support for your idea. At the ideation session:
  1. The Health Department will give a presentation about best practices in community safety.
  2. Participants share ideas with the group. If you are an applicant, be prepared to:
    • Share what you’re proposing to do.
    • Explain why it makes sense in your area.
    • Start forming the team who will execute the project.

Be prepared to develop your proposal between April 23 and May 11, 2018. City staff will be available to assist groups in writing their proposals after the ideation sessions.

Ideation Session Dates

  • Broadway Area: Wednesday, April 18, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    John B. Davis Center, Davis Café
    1250 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411
  • Penn Ave. Area: Thursday, April 19, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    Lucy Laney Elementary, Cafeteria
    3333 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412
  • Lake Street Area: Thursday, April 19, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Powderhorn Park Recreation Center, Gym
    3400 S 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • Little Earth Area: Friday, April 20, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Little Earth Gymnasium
    2501 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Evaluation Criteria

Reviewers will weigh each proposal’s potential to advance community collaboration, public safety and youth inclusiveness. Review criteria will include eligibility, feasibility, safety, collaborative opportunity, community engagement and impact.

  1. Eligibility: Does this proposal meet the eligibility requirements outlined above?
  2. Feasibility: Do the applicants have the combined human capacity to implement the idea? Is the plan to execute the project clear and thorough? Is the estimation of costs reasonable?
  3. Safety: Does the idea encourage outdoor or public activity? Does it create a more hopeful environment?
  4. Collaborative Opportunity: Does this idea bring together two or more segments of the community? (Public servants, youth, institutions, residents, business owners, nonprofits, etc.)
  5. Community Engagement: Does it build trust among neighbors and other community members in the area? Is the project in line with the community’s stated needs?
  6. Impact: Will the idea result in an immediate, tangible improvement in the area? Will the idea have long term positive effects?

Important Dates

On April 25, the deadline for final proposals was extended to Friday May 11, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. For Penn Avenue, the deadline has been extended to May 30. The funded activities must occur between June 18, 2018 and November 2, 2018. Programs should spend the entire award by December 31, 2018.

Proposal Review Teams

In each community, a proposal review team will be created and will consist of community reviewers, City of Minneapolis staff and experts in the areas of engagement, youth violence prevention and public safety. The proposal review teams will recommend to the City Council projects for funding. The City Council will have the final approval on which projects get funded.
To be on a review team you must live, work or own a business in that community, be available for one of the proposal review times and must not have a conflict of interest with any of the applications that you are reviewing, this includes having submitted a competing proposal. Visit: to sign up to be on a review team.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many projects will be funded?

The number of proposals that receive funding will depend on the number of proposals received, the quality of the proposals and the funding allocation available for the area.

How are funding amounts and corridors determined?

The City Council set this year’s Collaborative Safety Strategies funding and corridors during the adoption of the 2018 City budget. For the individual project proposals, reviewers will make funding decisions based on of the number of proposals they recommend and the amounts requested in each application.

When are the awards decided?

Finalists receiving funding will be announced in June 2018.

Can I request feedback on my proposal if it is denied?

Each proposal will be given equal consideration and scored based on the established criteria. Proposal scores will be emailed to applicants upon request. 

Was your question not covered here?
Email Rebekah or Cheyenne at [email protected] or call 612-673-3737.

Last updated Oct 15, 2018



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