Neighborhoods organizations

Information about neighborhood organizations funded by the City of Minneapolis.

Neighborhood organization basics

The City of Minneapolis has 70 recognized neighborhood organizations representing 84 residential neighborhoods.

  • A neighborhood organization may represent 1 or more geographically defined neighborhoods.
  • Each neighborhood organization is an autonomous nonprofit organization and has a volunteer board of directors elected by residents (and sometimes other stakeholders).
  • Some neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis have histories going back more than 50 and even 100 years. Others have been around less than 20 years.
  • Communities represented by neighborhood organizations range from as few as 672 residents (Northeast Park) to more than 20,000 residents (Longfellow Community).
  • Some are highly diverse with multiple languages spoken at home (East Phillips) while others have little racial diversity.
  • All neighborhood organizations received funding through the Community Participation Program and the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.
  • Most neighborhood organizations have at least one part-time staff person, but some may be entirely run by volunteers. Large neighborhood organization may have several full- and part-time staff members.
  • There is a long history of funding programs supporting neighborhood organizations before NRP and CPP, including Model Cities and the Citizen Participation Program.
  • Some neighborhood organizations do additional fundraising and grant-writing, and have significant support from other funders besides the City.

Each recognized neighborhood organization must meet eligibility criteria identified in the Community Participation Program (CPP) Guidelines.

  • Geographically based
  • Represent neighborhood in its entirety
  • Provide for participation of all segments of neighborhood
  • Ensure membership is open to all residents
  • No barriers to resident participation
  • Hold regular open meetings

What neighborhoods do

Organize neighbors and community activities
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Neighborhood Planning and Development
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Deal with complex community issues and conflict
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Changes in City Funding Programs
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Agencies are looking to neighborhood organizations more often for community engagement and input
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Grievances and legal actions
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Risk management, legal services and insurance
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