Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2016 Minnesota Festival Support
The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for the fiscal year 2016 Minnesota Festival Support grant. Proposed projects must take place between Nov. 1, 2015, and Oct. 31, 2016. The deadline to submit applications for the FY 2016 Minnesota Festival Support grant program is 4:30 p.m. on May 22.
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Capacity Building Initiative Funding
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency is now offering the Capacity Building Initiative, a new resource to help communities across Minnesota where a lack of organizational capacity creates the risk that geographic areas and constituencies will be underserved. This funding is for development activities and housing-related services. One-time proposals are being accepted for projects that help fill in gaps in Minnesota Housing’s statewide network of developers and service providers. Successful applications must demonstrate a long-term strategy to sustain developed capacity. A total of $200,000 has been allocated for this initiative, and cities are eligible to apply for the funds. If you are interested in applying for Capacity Building funding, complete and submit an online Letter of Inquiry form by Feb. 9.
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Funding and Technical Assistance for Veteran Housing Needs Assessment
Technical assistance and funding is available through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency for communities to conduct veteran housing needs assessments. The Minnesota Legislature’s 2014 supplemental budget bill included a $250,000 appropriation to Minnesota Housing and the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs for this purpose. Cities are eligible and encouraged to apply. Funding of up to $10,000 per community is available to implement this assessment process. The deadline to apply is Jan. 28.
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s Reading Oasis Room Grants
In an effort to promote early childhood literacy, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is sponsoring community Reading Oasis rooms focused on children birth to age 8 to enhance school readiness for young children. The Reading Oasis room will be a community gathering place, filled with 1,200 books provided from Scholastic, kid-friendly furniture, and a listening station and library. SMIF will provide a $2,500 match to up to four communities per year through this application process. Applications should reflect collaboration among organizations, and the Reading Oasis room should be accessible to all children from birth to age 8. Eligible communities must be located within SMIF’s 20-county area. The deadline to apply is Feb. 12.
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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) division has announced the availability of hazard mitigation grant funding to help protect your community against natural disasters. Building a tornado safe room, buying repetitively flooded properties, or burying power lines are just a few of the ways the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) can help you reduce the risk of natural hazards.
Minnesota has had a major disaster every nine-and-a-half months over the last eight years. Presidential disaster declarations provide HMGP funds to communities statewide. Many communities have successfully used these funds.
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