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Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (NPI)

2015 NPI Program Guidelines
The Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (NPI) makes technical assistance and small grants of up to $10,000 available to community-based, neighborhood or other place-based organizations located in communities of color and low-income communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. NPI supports community-based partnerships that lead to increased engagement, power and influence of community members affected by racial, social and economic disparities.

The goals of the program are to support place-based community organizing and community building partnerships that creates impact in the following areas: 

  1. People and Places - Builds the leadership and power of low income communities, communities of color, immigrant communities, seniors, people with disabilities, youth, renters or other historically excluded communities in a neighborhood or specific geographic area. Addresses a local community issue, need or opportunity.
  2. Organizations - Supports the capacity of community-based, neighborhood or other place-based organizations to more effectively and equitably engage and involve the diversity of their community into the leadership of their organization. Makes neighborhood or other place-based organizations more representative of the communities in which they work.
  3. Collaborations - Builds strong networks and relationships within and/or among diverse cultural or geographic communities.
  4. Systems - Expands the influence of community members on neighborhood systems, practices, initiatives and policies that lead to greater racial, social and economic equity.

The NPI program is particularly interested in supporting organizations that are led by community members and engage the voices, skills and talents reflective of the diversity of their community.

Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to successful applicants for a grant period of April through December 2015.

Technical Assistance
One of the unique aspects of the NPI program is the provision of technical assistance to grantees. Examples of technical assistance available include:

  • Helping to apply for a NPI grant.
  • Connecting organizations and leaders with others doing similar work.
  • Providing community organizing training and other technical support for your project.
  • Supporting projects with other CURA resources such community based research and GIS mapping.

Funding Criteria
We select grantees for the NPI Program based on the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must have 501(c)(3) status or be fiscally sponsored by another tax-exempt organization.
  2. Applicant must be place-based, serving a specific geography.
  3. Project must have a clearly defined constituency and accountability to them.
  4. Project is collaborative.
  5. Proposal shows how community members are involved in planning, leading and implementing the project.
  6. Proposal has identified clear outcomes or results and a specific work plan to achieve them.


  1. Letters of Interest are due on January 15, 2015.
  2. Organizations will be notified by January 30, 2015 about the opportunity to submit a full proposal.
  3. Final decisions will be made by the end of March 2015.

For any questions please contact CURA staff.  

Once your application is completed, please submit to curanpi@umn.edu

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