This form is organized by each section of the Neighborhoods 2020 document, which was written and published by the City's Neighborhoods & Community Relations department (NCR). You can find the document in 4 languages at
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Please note this form is for residents of the Stevens Square-Loring Heights area only, the following are the neighborhood's boundaries: 1-94 to the north, 35-W to the east, Franklin Avenue to the south, and Lyndale Avenue to the west. If you are a resident of another community, please contact your neighborhood organization and/or the City directly with your feedback.
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Recommendations include that awards are segmented: + 50% "Base Funding" for organizational needs like staff, rent, and access tools like food or interpretation; + 25% available for "Impact Funding" to increase engagement activities, awarded annually based on intended outcomes; + 25% available for "Discretionary Funding" for one-time projects that could be potentially self-sustaining in the future and are unique to the neighborhood, such as outreach staff, planning, farmer's markets, community gardens, housing/business development, and traffic/infrastructure projects.
Community organization funding will go to organizations to develop and prepare leaders to serve on boards, and to produce projects that engage targeted diverse audiences beyond neighborhood borders.
Financial and Legal Accountability - Undergoing NCR-approved audit, cooperation with any investigations of financial/legal issues, should use an approved accounting/financial software program.
Expectations to Perform - Adhere to a set of minimum standards completed during the contract period, reporting contract deliverables annually.
Bylaws - Minimum standard set of requirements for organizational bylaws.
Meetings and Participation - Required to have an annual meeting with board of director elections and quarterly membership meetings. Standardizing process for nominating and electing board candidates. Proposing a Neighborhood Election Day.
Board Membership & Leadership Development - No more than 25% of the board membership to serve more than 6 years. Require board officer term limits. Allow ex-officio (non-voting) board members (optional).
Diversity/Representation - Annual reporting on board diversity, and requirements to create "Diversity Action Plan" if demographics of board differ significantly from neighborhood demographics. Organizations not completing a plan and meeting diversity standards in 18 months may have funded reduced or terminated.
Outreach - Organizations are required to develop a robust engagement outreach plan including direct resident contact.
NCR also recommends keeping a separate NRP policy board, and that improvements will be made to align NRP with the vision and goals of Neighborhoods 2020. NRP (the Neighborhood Revitalization Program) was a program begun in 1991 providing significant funding (millions of dollars) to distressed neighborhoods to revitalize their communities.