Cloth mask/coverings. Starting Tuesday, May 26, people in Minneapolis will be required to wear cloth face masks or coverings when they are in an indoor place of public accommodation (e.g. grocery stores, hotels, retail businesses, the skyway system, and government buildings). While wearing a cloth mask is not a substitute for safe physical distancing or proper handwashing, it can help reduce the risk of community spread especially by people who are asymptomatic or are not yet showing signs of the virus that causes COVID-19. More information on the Mayor’s announcement and the #MaskUpMPLS campaign is available on the City’s website. Resources to share include a COVID-19 mask do’s and don’ts video and a DIY face coverings video from the U.S. Surgeon General.
Vehicle Gatherings/Parades Guidance: This guidance provides parameters for organizing a vehicle parade or parking lot gathering (e.g., car parade, parking lot ceremony) outside the home.
Hygiene and handwashing stations. Please see attached “Updated Restroom and Handwash Locations” flyer. Changes include: Hennepin County’s South Minneapolis Regional Hub closed its indoor bathrooms at the end of April due to low user numbers; two more hygiene station sites came on line at The Mall area in Uptown (behind Walker Library) and at the Sabo encampment at 28th Ave S. and Hiawatha.
Minneapolis meal sites for people experiencing food insecurity. Please see attached “Minneapolis Meal Sites” flyer for a compilation of locations offering meals to anyone who needs this type of reliability for food security. Community partners provided input on locations, including Loaves and Fishes and MN Central Kitchen.
University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development resources. Staff and Extension educators across Minnesota continue to develop accessible and relevant educational materials and programming to support families and communities during these challenging times. Check out their Family News feed for resources such as a Two week menu kit which takes the guesswork out of purchasing food during the pandemic and includes fun videos to accompany the recipes (in English and Spanish), and the At home with EFNEP service where SNAP eligible individuals can sign-up for a 15 minute call with an experienced health and nutrition educator (Spanish and English available).
Reminder: Minneapolis Health Department –Safe Routes to Healthy Foods projects. RFA information can be found here. Deadline: 12pm Friday, June 5, 2020 via the City’s eSupplier portal.
Reminder: Minnesota Department of Health – Diverse Media Vendors for COVID-19 Communications and Community-based Organizations for COVID-19 Outreach and Engagement. More information will be made available on Monday, May 25 at their website. Deadline: June 3, 2020.
Mobility Hubs partnership and funding opportunities. Paid community ambassador partnerships and mini grants between $500 – $2,000 for projects to promote neighborhood resiliency, engagement, and vitality at 30+ mobility hubs throughout Minneapolis. A mobility hub is a place where people can connect to multiple modes of transportation to make their trips as safe, convenient, and reliable as possible. Please see attached “Mobility Hub mini grants” flyer for additional information on mobility hub locations, partnership opportunities, and application instructions. Deadline: June 5, 2020.
Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC). Grants up to $20,000 to organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19 and who are engaged in humanities programming, storytelling, literature, language, cultural preservation and education, community dialogue, and place-based learning experiences. MHC is seeking to prioritize funding to applicants who face systemic barriers to institutional funding streams and who serve one or more of the following: people with disabilities, communities of color, indigenous communities, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQ, and veterans. While applications from all non-profit organizations will be accepted, non-profit organizations with smaller budgets under $500,000 will be prioritized. The grant application is simple and straightforward. Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and all applicants will receive a funding status update within 10 days.