City of Minneapolis working on continuing neighborhood organizations funding |

City of Minneapolis working on continuing neighborhood organizations funding

Updated: October 15, 2019 06:53 PM

All 70 neighborhood organizations within the City of Minneapolis are independent non-profits. And all of the association's budgets are partially dependent on money from the city to operate. The problem is the source that's been supplying funds to organizations is ending in 2020.

"How do we get to a place where every neighborhood organization has a strong association because it has a diverse funding source," Tabitha Montgomery said.

Montgomery is the executive director of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association. She says city funds are one-third of her $350,000 budget. Montgomery said the money has allowed her organization over the years to put on events like the Powderhorn Park Art Fair to Powderhorn 360.

"Photojournalism approach to how community members capture the heart of the community in pictures," she said.

The city has a program that's called the Community Participation Program. $3 million annually has been released to Minneapolis neighborhood organizations. State law says it has to be decertified and expires at the end of next year. Council Member Cam Gordon says the city has been looking into how they're going to keep the funding coming.

"When the taxing district gets decertified we would have a choice to make. Do we reduce our property taxes in general because we have more money coming in or do we just take that money in and just keep it to support what we're already doing?" he said.

Gordon says the city's neighborhood associations have guaranteed funding through 2020. The city is currently working on the next generation of neighborhood programming.

Montgomery says the bigger issues associations have are figuring out how to find alternative funding to not be so dependent on the city.

"Clearly we all know that you need so many more resources to function," she said.

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