Available Funding: Capacity Building Initiative
Minnesota Housing’s Capacity Building Initiative is intended to build organizational capacity to address housing disparities, build power in communities most impacted by housing challenges and disparities, pilot innovative solutions to housing challenges, and support inclusive and equitable communities. We want organizations and communities to use their knowledge and creativity to develop strategies that work for them.
We recognize that historical and institutional racism has disproportionately created housing challenges and disparities for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and recognize the importance of BIPOC communities leading and driving solutions to these challenges. We also recognize that there are other communities most impacted* by housing challenges and housing instabilities who have a critical role to play in addressing the challenges that affect them. Through increasing their capacity we seek to build communities where everyone can thrive.
We have allocated up to $450,000 for this initiative. We will provide up to $40,000 in one-time funding for one-year projects that will help grantees meet project objectives, develop a knowledge base, and the programming to ultimately increase effectiveness and impact in the long term. Successful applications must be able to articulate a vision and plan to sustain the work developed during the project period.
We encourage organizations with smaller capacity to apply and scale their funding request to the needs of their proposed project or partner with an organization to increase their capacity to achieve a larger objective.
*Communities Most Impacted as defined in our Strategic Plan are the people more likely to be impacted by housing instability including: lowest Income (e.g. <= 30% of area median income), People of Color, Indigenous Individuals, LGBTQ+, People Experiencing Homelessness, People with Disabilities, Immigrants, Large Families, Seniors, Children, People Facing Barriers and/or Limited Choices due to: Poor Credit, Limited Savings, Criminal History, Prior Evictions, Transitioning Out of Foster Care, Prison, Other Systems.
Application Materials
  • Application deadline: September 28, 2020 at Noon
  • Finalist interviews: November 9 and 10, 2020
  • Applicants informed of funding decisions: December 18, 2020
Eligible Applicants
  • Tax-exempt nonprofits
  • Tribal governments and tribal corporate entities
  • Local units of government and political subdivisions
  • Collaborations, if lead partner is an eligible applicant
Eligible Uses
Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Pilot projects (e.g., housing models for those with background check challenges; solutions that increase housing stability and access, such as renter protections that is guided by evidence-based research; tenant engagement and advocacy training).
  • Community engagement, education and leadership development to facilitate community-led decision-making to reduce the homeownership disparity gap or meet a housing need. 
  • Partnership development, including a fiscal agent or consultant relationship, to build organizational capacity, leverage resources, relationships and expertise to comprehensively address community housing needs. 
  • Staff development and training to build organizational capacity to meet community needs.
If you have questions or would like to discuss your ideas, please contact Alyssa Wetzel-Moore at Alyssa.Wetzel-Moore@state.mn.us or 651.263.1453 by September 24, 2020.  Please note: there may not be enough time to respond to questions after that date.

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