It will provide funding for city members to assess government grant programs and local needs for city projects.
The League of Minnesota Cities’ newly launched Grant Navigator will provide funding for city members to assess government grant programs and local needs for city projects. While there are various grant opportunities for projects, many cities find the grant search and application process overwhelming or lack the staff to research, prepare, and submit a successful application.
Cities that are awarded Grant Navigator funding are encouraged to work with industry partners to identify the types of grants that align with a community project, as well as get support through the grant application process. Grant Navigator funding will be capped at $5,000 per city and awards will be issued directly to the city for vendor payment.
Application process and review
To apply for Grant Navigator funding, applicants must have a project for review, identify a project review team, and have support with a resolution from the city council. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by an internal grant review committee consisting of League employees.
During the review process the committee will assess project readiness, review application materials, ensure background and team are in place, and follow up with applicants if necessary. Applicants will be notified of the application outcome within one to two months.