Neighborhoods 2020

Future Funding for Neighborhood Organizations

Funding for Minneapolis neighborhood organizations like ours expires at the end of this year. The City is considering a plan that changes the funding structure and work of neighborhoods and would drastically reduce the annual funding for Armatage and many other neighborhoods.

We believe there can be a better balance in this funding plan that will increase equity funding while allowing small neighborhoods like ours to keep operating. We hope you take the time to weigh in.

Submit a Public Comment:

Check out the Draft Framework at minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020 and submit a comment by July 15, 2020. 

Please copy and paste the Neighborhoods 2020 and all City Council member/staff email addresses into the “recipient” address line:

Neighborhoods2020@minneapolismn.gov
kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov
cam.gordon@minneapolismn.gov
steve.fletcher@minneapolismn.gov
Ward4GeneralInbox@minneapolismn.gov (Phillippe Cunningham)
Danielle.hans@minneapolismn.gov (Jeremiah Ellison)
maryan.sharif-abdinassir@minneapolismn.gov  (Jeremiah Ellison)
Ryan.SanCartier@minneapolismn.gov  (Abdi Warsame)
Yusra.Arab@minneapolismn.gov  (Abdi Warsame)
lisa.goodman@minneapolismn.gov
andrea.jenkins@minneapolismn.gov
alondra.cano@minneapolismn.gov
dylan.kesti@minneapolismn.gov  (Alondra Cano)
graham.faulkner@minneapolismn.gov  (Alondra Cano)
Lisa.bender@minneapolismn.gov
Jeremy.schroeder@minneapolismn.gov
Andrew.Johnson@minneapolismn.gov
linea.palmisano@minneapolismn.gov

Copy and paste the following subject line and message into your email, edit this letter, or write your own, personal letter:

Subject:

Neighborhoods 2020 Public Comment

Body:

Dear Minneapolis City Council Members,

As an Armatage resident, I support the racial equity goals outlined in the draft Neighborhoods 2020 plan and the emphasis placed on engaging historically underrepresented residents. Directing more funding to areas of the city that need it most is overdue.

However, the proposed program changes will reduce the base funding for Armatage and other small neighborhoods to such a degree that many core services and the ability to work on equity will be in jeopardy. Base funding is what is used by neighborhood organizations to operate – e.g., a small amount of staff time, accounting services, rent (in some cases), and communications such as mailings and digital tools that enable neighborhoods to do critical work.

Though some neighborhoods have reserves to help delay the impact of the proposed program changes, many will need to immediately begin drastically reducing programs and services should this plan pass as drafted. Therefore, I urge the Minneapolis City Council to increase the neighborhood base funding from $10,000/year to $15,000/year. 

Neighborhood organizations work hard to listen to all residents’ needs and make our communities great places to live through advocacy, housing support, annual community-building events, environmental programs, and communications that help keep the neighborhood informed and engaged. With a slightly higher funding level, multiple neighborhoods could work together in order to keep their doors open while still protecting a large level of equity funding for the City’s neighborhood organizations.

COVID-19 has reinforced how critical strong, local communities are. We believe there can be a better balance in this funding plan that will increase equity while allowing small neighborhoods like ours to keep operating.

Thank you for considering this request.

Sincerely,
Your Name
Your Neighborhood or Address