Partnership Engagement Fund

How to apply for funding through the Partnership Engagement Fund, application review process and forms.

About the fund

This program is intended to support collaboration and partnerships between community-based organizations (CBOs) and neighborhood organizations to increase diverse public participation through project development and implementation, engaging historically underrepresented residents meaningfully and effectively on policies and programs that impact them and in decision-making with a focus on furthering equity.


The Partnership Engagement Fund is available to community-based organizations that are partnering with recognized neighborhood organizations to further the City’s goal: “The people of Minneapolis will be socially connected, healthy and safe.”

Funding is available for new projects or to expand existing programs. Proposals for general operations funding or funding to maintain an existing program are not eligible. 

Community-based organizations must operate exclusively for charitable or educational purposes. For-profit organizations are not eligible for this funding program.

Funding in 2022

There is $750,000 available in 2022, which will be divided into two categories according to the applicant's organizational budget.

  1. Requests for up to $20,000 from organizations with annual budgets between $0 - $150,000
  2. Requests for up to $50,000 from organizations with annual budgets between $0 - $300,000

We expect to fund about 25 small grants and five large grants depending on the applications received.


  • Feb. 21 – Groups can begin the application process to seek funding
  • March 7 & 9 – Optional information sessions with NCR
  • March 21 – Required initial interest form, email, call or text deadline to indicate intention to apply
  • March 28-30 – Neighborhood partnership events
  • April 11-15 – Optional video interviews
  • April 15 – Full application deadline

Interested in applying?

The deadline to begin the 2022 application process, March 21, has passed.

Sign up to get notified when applications open for 2023.

Neighborhood partnership sessions

If your organization or group submitted your notification of intent to apply for funding by March 21, you are invited to attend these neighborhood partnership events to find neighborhood organization partners for your proposed project. Neighborhood organizations are also encouraged to attend.

Download the calendar event and find the link to join these online meetings:

NCR language specific staff contacts

NCR staff members are available to answer questions in the following languages as needed:

  • Español: Mariano Espinoza –, 612-281-8629
  • Af Soomaali: Farhia Budul –, 612-704-5811
  • Hmoob: Michael Yang –, 612-327-2830

Program guidelines

You can download the program guidelines in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong.


You can download the 2022 application in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong. Please note that the notification of intent to apply was due on March 21. If you did not notify NCR of your intent to apply via email, voicemail, text or through the interest form by March 21, you are not eligible to submit an application in 2022.

Sample documents

You can see examples of past years' project budgets and scopes of services, a contract template and a project budget template here.

Review process

A panel of community members and City staff will review applications and make funding recommendations. The NCR director and City Council will make final funding decisions.

Community reviewers needed

Apply to join the community proposal review panel to review Partnership Engagement Fund project proposals. If you are part of one of the organizations applying for funding, you are not eligible to serve on the proposal review panel.

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