Local and community groups may apply for small grants of up to $750 to assist with 2020 Census outreach efforts.
Tribal, state and local governments, or community organizations that form a “Complete Count Committee” can apply for the grants to increase awareness about the census and to motivate residents in the community to fill out the 2020 Census form.
Funding for the grants passed in the 2019 legislative session, and are administered by the state of Minnesota, in partnership with Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership, the Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Minneapolis Foundation.
Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis for up to 400 Complete Count Committees. To be eligible, committees must meet these eligibility requirements:
Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, government entity, school district, college or university or operate under a fiscal agent.
Agree to participate in one census outreach training provided by the Minnesota State Demographic Center.
Agree to participate in the Commit to Be Counted digital organizing campaign managed by the demographic center.
Agree to use the grant for at least one of the following purposes: Digital organizing; outreach to residents in high-density housing; or efforts to target historically undercounted communities.
Applicants will receive the money within three weeks of submitting their application. More funds will be available after April 15, 2020, for those committees that effectively used the tools provided and served historically undercounted communities. Applications may be made to the Minneapolis Foundation at www.minneapolisfoundation.org/census.
Local organizations may register Complete Count Committees by submitting a letter to the Chicago office of the U.S. Census Bureau and copying the Minnesota demographic center. Instructions can be found at https://mn.gov/admin/2020-census/involved/ccc/get-started/.