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One Minneapolis Fund Q & A

The following questions have been received for the 2020 funding period.

Q: How much funding is available?

A: $182,000.

Q: Can organizations partner?

A: Yes, we encourage collaboration.

Q: What is a fiscal agent?

A: A fiscal agent is an organization that acts on behalf of another party performing various financial duties. Generally, for our applicants it means another group with a 501 c 3 status that will be responsible for receiving and administering grant funds and helping in the final report.  

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. NCR staff will begin working with funded organizations on contracts in May/June 2020.

Q: How will funds be spread between the two funding groups?

A: This will depend on the proposals received. In the past, had been split fairly equally between the two funding groups.

Q: What are the contract terms for the One Minneapolis Fund?

More specifically related to payments.

A: Contracts are paid on a reimbursement basis. Contractors must show the work has been completed before funds will be disbursed.

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: No. Only 1 application can be submitted by an organization.

Q: How many organizations will receive funding?

A: This will depend on proposals received. In past years of the program, 10 to 11 organizations have received funding.

Q: How many proposals are typically received each year?

A: Typically, around 30-40.

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: Organizations must be headquartered or located in Minneapolis and do their work in Minneapolis.

Q: We serve K-12 students, the majority of whom identify as indigenous and/or people of color. Are we still eligible/will the younger age group make our project less competitive?

A:  In past years, there have been several funded projects that work with youth.

Q: In the past, priority for this funding was given to smaller organizations with limited budgets. Is that still true?

A: Yes. 75% of the funds will be given to groups with a budget of $500,000 or less.

Q: What does "projects that connect diverse residents to the City and engage communities, beyond neighborhood borders…" mean?

A: We leave it to organizations to interpret their work and expertise to see if it aligns with the purpose of the One Minneapolis Fund. The overarching goal of this fund is to get more diverse voices making and/or influencing decisions made in our City. How that happens is up to each group. For examples of successful projects, please visit the One Minneapolis Fund website at:

Q: How do you define community engagement?

The guiding principle of our department is “When residents are informed, connected to their community and feel represented in City government, they are empowered to influence decisions that impact their lives.” Different people define community engagement differently; for us it means that organizations are interacting with diverse populations in creative, culturally responsive, relatable, and/or appropriate ways that inform, empower, and motivate community members to be active participants in making or influencing decisions that impact their community.

Q: Is this grant specifically for organizations whose primary work is community engagement?

The grant is for any organization that does community engagement work.

Q: What types of projects are you looking for in the COVID-19 Engagement funding group?

Any project or activity that provides critical support to city residents who are the most vulnerable and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This could be direct services, educational campaigns, outreach activities to understand the needs of disproportionately impacted community members, or any other culturally appropriate and/or culturally specific that works to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Organizations are best equipped to engage and understand how to reach and respond to their communities.

Q: Is it okay to still address COVID-19 adaptations even if we are applying in the One Minneapolis Engagement category?

A: Yes, it is a very thoughtful approach.

Q: Are stipends and/or funds for technology allowable expenses?

A: Yes, they are.

Q: We applied for the COVID-19 grant from the Health Department, can we apply for the One Minneapolis Fund?

A: Yes!

Last updated May 20, 2020



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