The Future of Neighborhood Funding

In the coming years, the City of Minneapolis, through its Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) Department will provide funding of at least $3,000,000 per year for the 72 eligible neighborhood organizations throughout the city. With the sunset of the NRP program that has provided the necessary funds for neighborhood organizations to thrive and fund various initiatives throughout the city, the City of Minneapolis will now assume the financial responsibility to funding neighborhood groups like the Waite Park Community Council.
The new arrangement will require neighborhood organizations to meet new criteria for community engagement. Eligibility and community participation requirements will help to ensure that all neighborhood organizations are fully engaged with their residents and community stakeholders in order to receive funding from the city. Guidelines for these requirements can be found below.
While the operating costs of different neighborhood organizations can vary dramatically, the average level of funding is approximately $41,500.
Eligible neighborhood organizations will be allocated community participation funds according to the following formula:
Neighborhood Size (30%)
Population - 20%
Housing Units - 10%
Under‐represented Groups (40%)
Non‐Homesteaded Housing Units - 10%
Index of Racial/Cultural Diversity - 20%
English as a Second Language (ESL) Students - 10%
Income (10%)          
Median Household Income - 10%
Neighborhood Livability (20%)
Crime Statistics - 10%
Foreclosures - 10%
A complete version of funding allocation formula can be downloaded here:
While the City of Minneapolis has not officially released funding amounts for individual neighborhoods, a chart showing a tentative distribution has been released. View image The minimum level of funding can be between $5000-10,000 with the maximum funding potentially reaching $140,000.In a typical year, operating costs for the Waite Park Community Council come in at approximately $30,000.
The NCEC and NCR will review the guidelines and formula in mid-2011 before organizations prepare their three-year program proposals. Under the draft, the program is built on a three-year funding cycle, with 2011 being a one-year "bridge" so the program can be up and running in January 2011. NCR and NCEC will be receiving written feedback to the draft program guidelines during the 45-day review period, which began August 27th and ends October 11th at 5 p.m. The draft guidelines will be discussed at the Waite Park Community Council (WPCC) Board Meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6th at Waite Park Community Center, 1810 34th Street, and you are encouraged to attend.
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