Partnership Engagement Fund

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

About the fund

This program funds community organizations for projects that engage under-represented groups in local decision-making.


  • Your organization must operate only for charitable or educational purposes. For-profits are not eligible to apply.
  • Your organization must partner with a recognized neighborhood organization.
  • Your project should help the City to meet its goal to have "socially connected, healthy and safe" communities.
  • You can apply for funding for new projects or to expand existing programs. You cannot apply for general operations funding or funding to maintain an existing program.
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Interested in applying?

The Partnership Engagement Fund will begin its third year of funding in early January 2023.

Prepare ahead

Start getting ready to apply by taking these steps today.

Become a City vendor

You have two options to receive funding from the Partnership Engagement Fund:

  1. Sign up as a City vendor using eSupplier.
  2. Use your partner neighborhood organization as a fiscal agent.

If you sign up as a City vendor, you will need to meet all of the legal and accounting requirements for a City contract.

Reach out to partners

Reach out to neighborhood organizations you would like to partner with for your project.

Help in other languages

NCR staff members are available to answer questions in Spanish, Somali and Hmong.


Mariano Espinoza
Email Mariano

Af Soomaali

Farhia Budul
Email Farhia


Michael Yang
Email Michael

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.

Last year's documents

A new application form and program guidelines will be available in 2023. You can review last year's documents for reference.

Program guidelines

You can download last year's program guidelines in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong for reference.


You can download last year's application in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong for reference. Please note that the deadline for this form has passed.

Sample documents

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

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