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Good Neighbor Fund

The University of Minnesota Good Neighbor Fund's purpose is to promote the beauty, stability, vitality, and security of the communities adjacent to the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus. 

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2017 University of Minnesota Good Neighbor Fund Grant Recipients 

Eleven grant applications received funding in 2017.
  • Piano in the Park, sponsored by the City of Falcon Heights
  • Preserving the Dinkytown Murals, sponsored by Dinkytown Business Alliance
  • 6th Ave. SE Greenway Guardian, sponsored by Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association
  • Hanging Gardens of Towerside, sponsored by Prospect Park Association
  • Rack 'Em Up, Sponsored by Prospect Park Association
  • Spreading the Word with SE Seniors, sponsored by Prospect Park Association
  • SECIA Utility Box Project: Flowers are the Opposite of Graffiti, sponsored by Southeast Como Improvement Association
  • Placemaking, Beautification, Bike Parking in St. Anthony, sponsored by St. Anthony Park Community Council
  • Bluff Street Park, sponsored by U of M Neighborhood Liaison Program, Office of Off-Campus Living
  • 2017 West Bank Crash Course, sponsored by the West Bank Business Association
  • Brian Coyle, Our Backyard Garden, sponsored by the West Bank Business Association

What's new for the 2017 University of Minnesota Good Neighbor Fund?

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. 

Invitation to apply for grants from the University of Minnesota Good Neighbor Fund is now closed.

Funds Available
The University of Minnesota announced the availability of up to $61,000 in total grant funds for the year 2017 from the University of Minnesota Good Neighbor Fund endowment and from a generous contribution of MN United FC Major League soccer. Total for all grants from the U of M Good Neighbor Fund endowment will be a minimum of $35,500 and from the MN United FC an additional cash contribution of approximately $25,500.  We encouraged applications for projects that reflect the long-term purpose of the U of M Good Neighbor Fund, which is to promote the beauty, stability, vitality, and security of the communities adjacent to the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. Please see the Request for Applications for details.  Deadline to submit grant applications was Friday, February 17, 2017.

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. 

University of Minnesota Good Neighbor Fund, MN United FC Soccer Ticket Distribution

MN United FC Soccer has donated a significant number of tickets to the University of Minnesota Good Neighbor Fund, to be made available to youth affiliated with organizations in the campus-area communities to attend MN United home soccer games.  Applications for an allocation of tickets are due on Friday, February 10, 2017. For more information on ticket guidelines and eligibility go to Ticket Donation Program Guidelines and Application Form. 

Other questions?

Please direct questions to gnfund@umn.edu.

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