Good Neighbor Fund

The Good Neighbor Fund was created in 2007 by the University of Minnesota through consultation with representatives from local governments and neighborhood and business associations adjacent to the Twin Cities campus.

Formed with the purpose of enhancing and protecting the beauty, serenity, and security of the community we are part of, the University of Minnesota has awarded more than 
half a million dollars of Good Neighbor Fund grants to community and local government partners.

Grant recipients have used the Good Neighbor Fund to implement projects that range from crime prevention and neighborhood building, to beautification of public spaces and the arts. Recent projects include the preservation of murals in Dinkytown, the cultivation of hanging gardens in the Towerside neighborhood, and the painting of picnic tables and benches with support from local artist Ifrah Mansour in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. See the previous grant recipients.

Good Neighbor Fund grants

The University of Minnesota will make up to $45,000 available in total grant funds for the year 2019 from the Good Neighbor Fund endowment and from a generous contribution of MN United FC Major League Soccer. We encourage 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. 

2019 Grants 

West Bank Safety West Bank Business Association $7,993.00
High Jump Pit for Luxton Park Track & Field Program Prospect Park Neighborhood Association $3,300.00
Sheridan Story Weekend Food Project Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association $3,000.00
Dinkytown Farmers Market 2019 Expansion Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association $1,472.00
The Hanging Gardens of Towerside - Phase 2 Prospect Park Neighborhood Association $5,060.00
Creating the Future of Greater Dinkytown, Phase II Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association $9,000.00
Crime & Safety Awareness & Being Aware of Your Surroundings* Minneapolis Police Department $3,500.00
Van Cleve Park Summer Arts Programming South East Como Improvement Association $3,443.00
SE Como Bike Fest South East Como Improvement Association $752.00
Van Cleve Park Summer Science Programming South East Como Improvement Association $795.00
Cultivating a Caring Community Summer Programming City of Falcon Heights $6,685.00

Eligibility

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:

  • Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association
  • Prospect Park Association
  • Saint Anthony Park Community Council
  • South East Como Improvement Association
  • West Bank Business Association
  • Dinkytown Business Alliance
  • South East Business Association
  • City of Falcon Heights
  • City of Minneapolis
  • City of Saint Paul
  • Hennepin County
  • Ramsey County
  • Minnesota State Fair
  • University of Minnesota Student Neighborhood Liaison Program

Grant Application Process

Representatives from organizations in the campus area communities and MN United will review grant applications and make recommendations for funding. Grant applications are invited once each year, typically due in March. Funding recommendations are presented in April or May. 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 is provided by the University of Minnesota Office of Government and Community Relations.

Questions? 

Please direct questions to gnfund@umn.edu.