MN United FC, the Twin Cities' Major League Soccer team, is preparing to build a new stadium in Saint Paul. Until their new home is ready, MN United will play their 2017 season at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. As part of the space use agreement with the University, MN United will make a cash contribution to the 2017 Good Neighbor Fund endowment's allotment as well as a donation of a significant number of tickets to be made available to youth in the campus area communities, through the Good Neighbor Fund.
Who can apply?
Eligible applicants must be member organizations of the University of Minnesota Stadium Area Advisory Group, and must be duly organized and incorporated and have systems in place to ensure financial accountability. Member organizations of the Stadium Area Advisory Group are:
- the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association,
- the Prospect Park Association,
- the Saint Anthony Park Community Council,
- the South East Como Improvement Association,
- the West Bank Community Coalition,
- the West Bank Business Association,
- the Dinkytown Business Alliance,
- the South East Business Association,
- the Stadium Village Commercial Association,
- the City of Falcon Heights,
- the City of Minneapolis,
- the City of Saint Paul,
- Hennepin County,
- Ramsey County,
- the Minnesota State Fair,
- the University of Minnesota Student Neighborhood Liaison Progra
The Grant Application Review Process
A five-member Fund Management Committee made up of representatives from organizations in the campus area communities review grant applications and make recommendations for funding. In 2017, the MN United FC will appoint a sixth member to the Committee.
Grant applications are invited once each year, typically due in January or February. Funding recommendations from the Fund Management Committee are presented in April. Grant agreements are finalized on or around July 1 of each year. Unless by special arrangement, grant activities are expected to be completed within one year. Staffing for the Good Neighbor Fund and the Management Committee is provided by the University of Minnesota Office of Government and Community Relations.
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