• Hannah Kamath

Civic Round-Up: March 2022

Check out resources, public notices, and opportunities to engage in local government and public life.


Opportunities To Engage

  • The City of Minneapolis is preparing the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Program and Notice of Fund Availability updates for the year. The Program’s purpose is to help finance the production, preservation, or stabilization of affordable rental housing projects with 10 or more units in Minneapolis. Read more and find out how to weigh in via public comment here.

  • Thirty-one City boards and commissions have openings for appointments this spring. Apply and stay up to date on vacancies, position descriptions and timelines by visiting the City website.

  • The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is planning a series of upgrades for a new neighborhood park next to the Midtown Greenway bike trail at 2828 11th Ave. S. The MPRB is asking for feedback on concept designs for additional project features, which include a new stage with backdrop, paths, benches and seating. Take the survey here.

  • Funding is available for violence prevention proposals that benefit Minneapolis communities. Residents, organizations and businesses with proposals that target specific forms of violence affecting their communities are encouraged to apply. Grant amounts range from $10,000 - $85,000. To apply, go to the City’s website. If you are not already a City supplier, you will need to first register as a bidder. The deadline to apply is 12 p.m. Monday, April 11.

  • The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy invites applications for a second round of the Creative Response Fund-Community Well-Being grant. Community based artists in Minnesota are invited to gather a team and apply for grants of up to $15,000 per project, 12 projects will be selected in 2022. Applications are due April 13th. Learn more and apply here.

  • The Electrification and Equity Forum takes place on March 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for a conversation about: Barriers to equitable electrification and how they can be addressed and more. Register for the free, virtual event here.


Important Updates

  • Mayor Jacob Frey has announced his new standards for the Minneapolis Police Department’s (MPD) warrant and entry policy. The new policy will prohibit police applying for or using no-knock (unannounced) search warrants within Minneapolis. Learn more about the policy here.

  • The City Council approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. Learn more here.

  • Mayor Jacob Frey presented his recommended executive government structure proposal to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole on March 22. Read more here.

  • Governor Walz has released a new plan for the supplemental budget of $9.25 billion. The plan includes checks of up to $500 for single tax filers earning up to $164,000 and up to $1,000 for those filing jointly making up to $237,470. The plan also includes small business grants and investments in recruiting and retaining frontline workers. Read more here.


Resources

  • The Minnesota Commerce Department encourages households that are struggling with utility bills to apply for the Energy Assistance Program, with up to $2,000 available to eligible households. In addition, as part of the Federal relief funding, there is assistance available for household to pay past due water bills. Households can apply for both programs through the Energy Assistance application. For more information and to find your local service provider, go to the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program webpage.

  • Minnesota has a streamlined application for benefits such as cash, food, emergency housing, and child care assistance. Apply here.

  • Utility assistance is still available through the Energy Assistance Program. Learn more and apply here.

  • Free COVID-19 Testing is available. Walk-in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s free COVID-19 Community Testing Sites, or order a test through the state’s free COVID-19 Test at Home program. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order #4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Order 4 free at home COVID-19 tests to be shipped to your home here.

  • Free COVID-19 Vaccines are available. Use the state’s Vaccine Locator Map to find vaccine providers near you (parents can also visit mn.gov/vaxforkids), check for vaccine appointments at Vaccines.gov, where you can search for appointments by vaccine type (e.g., Pfizer), or walk in to or make an appointment at one of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination sites.


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