COVID Care Project resources now available for those who need help

The City of Minneapolis announces the launch of the Rehab Support Program

The Rehab Support Program, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis and Minnesota Housing, offers the Fix Up Loan program at a fixed interest rate of 2% (2.144% APR based on $30,000 loan).  Maximum loan is $30,000 to 43 select Minneapolis neighborhoods.  The goal of the Rehab Support Program is to encourage households to complete improvements to their homes that will increase the home’s value while addressing health, safety, and housing code violations.

The Rehab Support Program (RSP) offers the following:

Priority for improvements will be the correction of outstanding code orders and any mechanical, structural, and safety hazards. If no required repairs are present, permanent improvements such as, but not limited to, interior finishing/remodeling, energy conservation, accessibility, site work, building envelope, electrical, garage, HVAC, plumbing, and windows will be allowed.

  • Household Income may not exceed $105,600.
  • Must have a credit score of at least 620.
  • Single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes are eligible.
  • Ownership by any form of trust except Community Land Trust and individual home-site lease assignments on tribal trust land and ownership subject to a reverse mortgage are not eligible.
  • Homeowner labor / sweat equity projects are not allowed.

How to Apply

  1. Download and print the Rehab Support Program application from the website or request an application be sent to you .
  2. Complete and sign all forms.
  3. Provide copies of supporting documents as described in the application.
  4. Include a check payable to City of Minneapolis for the credit report.  Cash and credit cards are not accepted.

Send your completed applications to:


FAX:       612-424-8281

Mail:      City of Minneapolis – CPED

Attn:      Owner Occupied Rehab

105 Fifth Avenue South Suite 200

Minneapolis, MN 55401-2534

Questions please call: Owner Occupied Rehab at (612) 673-5174

For more information about this program and other owner-occupied home improvement programs, please visit our web site.

Northeast Park, Beltrami and Logan Park Neighborhoods Seeking Muralist

Stipend – $30,000

Northeast Park Neighborhood Association, along with BNC (Beltrami Neighborhood Council) and LPNA (Logan Park Neighborhood Association) invite experienced public artists/teams to submit qualifications for the design and installation of unique mural or murals at various locations in our neighborhoods, including, but not limited to, railroad bridges, which would be applied to a removable surface. We would like to bring a message of community and racial justice, with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion to this project. The mural/s will engage and revitalize the neighborhood while also making the underpass more pedestrian friendly.

Qualifications or requirements

This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to experienced Minnesota-based public artists/teams. Priority will be given to Minneapolis artists/teams, artists from the BIPOC community, and those who have mural experience. Applicants are welcome from the state of Minnesota and should have an understanding of or experience with murals and public art installations that address racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Applicant must be willing to work through community engagement process for design and implementation.

How to apply

E-mail following materials to:

1-2 page letter describing interest in the project; experience with community engagement; approach to design and research; as well as a statement addressing eligibility criteria.

1 page artist resume. 1 page listing 1-3 references of recently completed projects. If you have multiple team members, please provide brief biographical information on each essential member.

Work Samples: up to 10 images of your recent projects. Image requirements: JPEG format only, 1200 pixels on the longest side, less than 5 MB in size.


Northeast Calendar call for art, due Sept. 10

The call for art is open for the 2021 Northeast Calendar, coordinated by the Northeast Community Development Corporation (NE CDC). Images are sought that represent the 14 Northeast neighborhoods.  The deadline is September 10, 2020.

An image may be representative of a neighborhood simply due to the artist living or working in that neighborhood, or it can be a landmark. All art mediums welcome, represented in digital images.

“We are looking for active, colorful, beautiful and/or funny images that bring cheer and a feeling of togetherness, community,” organizers said in a news release.  “We encourage active images of people: Photographs of people who are readily recognizable should be accompanied by a release from the subjects.”

Thirteen images will be chosen for the months Jan. 2021-Jan. 2022, each for $200, and one for the cover, $400. Images will be juried by independent professionals. The calendar will be designed by graphic artist Leann Johnson.  For submission criteria and procedure, go to

For sponsor/ad info, contact Dawn Williams 612-363-5990.  Call for Art updates at Facebook/Northeast Calendar.

Press info: Margo Ashmore, 612-867-4874

NEPNA Community Meeting on June 11, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

NEPNA letter of support for 950 13th Avenue NE

The Northeast Park Neighborhood Association recently provided a letter of support for the Pastor Properties / Bader Development project located at 950 13th Avenue NE.  A copy of the letter is available via the link below:

Letter of support for 950 13th Avenue NE

Northeast Park Neighborhood Meeting on May 14, via Zoom

The next Northeast Park Neighborhood Association meeting will take place on Thursday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

City of Mpls – COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Neighborhood organizations, cultural organizations, nonprofits, businesses, places of worship and faith organizations are invited to apply for grants of up to $15,000 for COVID-19 response activities to take place between May 15, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Projects can be focused on direct response, support efforts or other byproducts of the pandemic such as food, shelter and health (mental or physical) and safety needs. The intent of the COVID-19 Community Response funds is to support community-led strategies. With that in mind, applicants are encouraged to propose activities that reflect their own expertise, experience, and knowledge and that focus on the specific issues identified within their areas or communities.

To apply, please review the COVID-19 Community Response Fund request for proposals (RFA) for the application and detailed information.

Submit your application by email to by April 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Local, regional, or state government entities are not eligible for funding under this RFA.

For more information about the City of Minneapolis’ COVID-19 response, visit

Northeast Park Neighborhood Association Home Improvement Grant Program Now Available


(NORTHEAST PARK: Home Improvement Program)

Program Flyer – English
Program Flyer – Spanish

Applications available via the Center for Energy and the Environment


Program Overview:    NE Park Neighborhood has NRP dollars available that have been designated to help property owners make necessary repairs and improvements.  The intent of this Grant Program is to encourage investment in the neighborhood by maintaining and improving the housing stock.  Other sources of funds are also available, such as MHFA and CEE, which may be used to supplement this program.

Grant Program

  1. Interest Rate: None
  2. Grant Amount: Minimum of $1,000; Maximum of $3,000
  3. Program Match: There is no matching requirement for households with income less than or equal to 100% HUD AMI, based on household size.  If household income is greater than 100% HUD AMI the recipient must match each grant dollar (1:1).  Income will be verified by a copy of the most recent Federal Tax Return.  If a Tax Return is not required to be filed then income will be determined by verifying the projected income over the next 12 months.
  4. Income Limit: No maximum income limit; however, project acceptance will be weighed on a needs basis for individuals who have projects that are critical for safety and security of their homes.  A copy of the most recent Federal Tax Return will be used to determine if a Program Match is required.  If a Tax Return is not required to be filed then income will be determined by verifying the projected income over the next 12 months.
  5. Grant Term: N/A
  6. Eligible Properties: Owner occupied 1-4 unit properties located within the boundaries of the NE Park Neighborhood.  Individual condominiums, townhomes and properties held in a trust are eligible.
  7. Ineligible Properties: Properties with more than 4 units, co-operatives, manufactured homes, time shares, and properties used for commercial purposes.
  8. Eligible Recipients: Owner occupants of 1-4 unit properties within the NE Park Neighborhood who meet the program guideline criteria.
  9. Ineligible Recipients: Include, but are not limited to: co-borrowers with no ownership interest in the subject property and business entities (Associations, Corporations, Partnerships, LLC, etc.).
  10. Ownership / Occupancy: Property must be owner occupied. (NEPNA will review eligibility at 6 months and a year of home grant program to determine eligibility of non-owner occupied 1-4 unit properties located within the boundaries of the NE Park Neighborhood).
  11. Equity: N/A
  12. Debt- to-Income Ratio: N/A
  13. Underwriting / Credit Requirements: Applicants must be current on all mortgage payments and property taxes.
  14. Multiple Grants per Property/Applicant:  Applicants may receive multiple grants, but the combined amounts are not to exceed the program maximum grant amount.
  15. Eligible Improvements: Most interior and exterior improvements
  16. Ineligible Improvements: Work initiated prior to the loan being approved and closed. No recreation or luxury projects (pools, lawn sprinkler systems, playground equipment, saunas, whirlpools, etc.), furniture, and non-permanent appliances. Generally shrubs, trees and landscaping are ineligible improvements unless there is a safety or structural issue. Funds for working capital, debt service or refinancing existing debts are NOT allowed.  CEE will defer to NEPNA chair whenever eligibility of an improvement project is in question.

Additional details available in the Program Guidelines

Applications available via the Center for Energy and the Environment

Program Flyer – English
Program Flyer – Spanish

MPRB Update 4-2-20: What’s Open; What’s Closed and What’s Cancelled

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announces impacts to parks and programs in response to COVID-19 pandemic

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has initiated many changes to park operations and programming in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is planning many more in the coming months.

The MPRB continues to base decisions on data, guidelines and orders from Gov. Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health. This can be a challenge as circumstances change often and quickly, but it’s clear that social distancing will be part of life in Minnesota for many months to come.

Based on the Governor’s forecast and concern for the health and safety of park visitors and employees, the MPRB is bracing for a future that drastically changes services and programs this spring and summer. All plans are designed to ensure social distancing, prevent congregating and protect the health of the public and employees.

Visit for up-to-date information and FAQs. Receive timely email updates by visiting, entering your email and selecting the “COVID-19” topic in the “News Updates” section.

What is open?

Parks and Trails

All parks and trails remain open. The MPRB urges park users to follow park use guidelines:

  • Do not visit parks or trails if you feel sick. This includes fever, body aches, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose and sore throat.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from other park users not part of your household.
  • Wash your hands immediately before and after visiting a park.
  • Walk to local parks. Do not drive across the city or metro to visit popular park attractions.
  • Do not hang out at the park all day. Visit to walk, bike or roll, then return home.
  • No group activities with people from outside your household.


Playgrounds remain open. Minnesota Department of Health guidelines do not recommend the closure of outdoor facilities, including playgrounds. However, playground users and caregivers bringing children to playgrounds should be aware that playground equipment is not sanitized and are urged to follow the guidelines above.


Sections of Lake Harriet Parkway, Lake Nokomis Parkway, Main Street SE and West River Parkway have been closed to motor vehicle traffic and opened to pedestrians to allow more room for social distancing.

Soon sections of Cedar Lake Parkway, Lake of the Isles Parkway and more of West River Parkway will also be closed to motor vehicle traffic. Please visit the MPRB Road Closures page for full details.

Athletic Fields and Courts

Athletic fields and courts remain open, with restrictions:

  • No team or contact sports. People may shoot baskets or kick or toss a ball around, but no pickup games.
  • Basketball rims currently remain open.
  • Volleyball and soccer nets will not be installed this summer. Soccer nets already in place will be removed.
  • Athletic fields will be not striped or marked.
  • Tennis court nets will be installed because tennis allows for social distancing.

Golf Courses

Golf courses are preparing to open once allowed by Gov. Walz. Until then, please stay off greens and fairways so staff may work.

Dog Parks

All off-leash dog parks remain open. Permits are still required and available for purchase online at

What is closed?

All Program Buildings

Program buildings remain closed to the public until further notice. This includes:

  • All Recreation Centers
  • MPRB Headquarters
  • Parade and Northeast Ice Arenas
  • Kroening Interpretive Center
  • Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Visitor Shelter

Public facilities will not be reopened unless social distancing can be assured and staff can operate and clean the facility.

Beaches and Pools

Outdoor aquatic facilities will not open this summer. This includes:

  • Beaches
  • Wading pools
  • Waterparks
  • Webber Natural Swimming Pool

The level of public congregation that takes place at aquatic facilities and the level of staff required to operate these facilities will make it impossible to open and manage these facilities safely this summer.

Restrooms and Drinking Fountains

The proximity of people’s mouths and noses to drinking fountains while they are in use creates an unacceptable level of risk for spreading COVID-19, so drinking fountains will remain closed.

At this point, the MPRB cannot guarantee the high level and frequency of disinfection needed to keep COVID-19 from spreading at public restrooms, so restroom buildings will also remain closed.

Portable toilets will remain in parks and continue to be serviced by an outside vendor. More portable toilets will be added to typical summer numbers and may be redistributed based on need. If park users see a toilet that needs servicing, please call the vendor directly at the number listed on the structure.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary is closed. The garden’s narrow paths and boardwalks, fencing and single main entrance make social distancing among visitors and staff too difficult.

What is Cancelled?

All MPRB events are cancelled or postponed through August 31

All events at Minneapolis parks are cancelled through August 31, 2020. MPRB staff will work with event partners to determine if an event can be moved to later in the year, but it’s anticipated that the majority of all MPRB spring and summer events will be cancelled, consistent with what is happening throughout the country.

All summer programs and team sports that do not allow social distancing are cancelled

Spring and summer sports leagues are cancelled, along with classes and programs unless they can be done virtually or adjusted for social distancing. Details about future virtual and modified programs will be announced and listed online once determined.

Hiring seasonal and temporary recreation employees is on hold

Most summer positions typically hired for programming and recreation services will not be hired, including the Team Teenworks program. Hiring for certified summer seasonal employees required for critical service work will continue, including mobile equipment operators, parkkeepers, gardeners.

New Park Ambassador Program

The MPRB Recreation Services Division is rolling out an ambassador and outdoor supervision program on April 11, or as soon as Governor’s Stay at Home Order is lifted. Recreation staff will be placed in neighborhood and regional parks to encourage social distancing and discourage social congregation