About the Community First-Public Safety (CFPS) City Council Fund


The City Council is issuing a request for proposals from existing community-based organizations in historically under-resourced areas of the city and/or areas disproportionately impacted by domestic or gun violence to complement the City’s Community-First Public Safety Initiatives. Plans may include direct support, prevention, intervention, outreach, and referral services. Applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of city staff and leaders from the existing community-first public safety initiative partners funded by the City of St. Paul, who will make recommendations to the City Council for funding. Final proposals will be approved and adopted by the City Council.

For an application overview, please review Program Description & Application Questions.


It is the goal of the City Council to have strong partnerships with community organizations and individuals that will align their strategies to reduce and prevent domestic and gun violence in our communities. Domestic violence and gun violence especially affect communities that have also experienced historical disinvestment. It is important for the Council to continue making strategic investments in these areas with community partners who have effective experience in reaching out to historically marginalized neighborhoods.

Successful proposals will demonstrate plans to do at least 3 of the tasks below:

  • Reach out and engage community youth between the ages of 13-25 years old related to reducing gun violence
  • Engage and connect residents to services and support that will disrupt and prevent gun and/or domestic violence
  • Lead with restorative justice practices where applicable and possible
  • Focuses on promoting positive self-esteem, healthy relationships, emotional intelligence and building positive emotion management practices 
  • Address community healing and trauma response needs stemming from the public health and psychological impacts of residents and neighborhoods deeply and negatively impacted by gun violence and interpersonal violence

Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Does the organization have previous experience or history of work in impacted St. Paul communities?
  2. Does the organization have an infrastructure ready to execute the proposal from April 2022 through December 2022, including a fiscal sponsor organization (i.e. neighborhood district council or other non-profit) if necessary?
  3. Does the CFPS/CPP grant enhance the organization's mission?
  4. Does the organization have a history of being accountable to its funders and partners?
  5. Does the organization’s proposal complement the City’s Community-First Public Safety initiatives? 

Eligibility: In order to receive city funds, applicants must have/acknowledge all of the following:

  • Read and review the CFPS/CPP Program Description and Application Questions
  • Must be a 501(c)(3) Organization or obtain a fiscal sponsor
  • Neighborhood district councils: Community organizations that are not district councils will be given very strong priority consideration in this year’s process to ensure that city funds are being awarded to a broad range of community partners above and beyond the city’s existing engagement system. District Councils may still serve as a fiscal sponsor to an applicant organization in this process.
  • Liability insurance meeting City Requirements
  • One dedicated staff member or individual serving as point of contact for the grant and all required compliance and communication efforts 
  • Understand the CFPS/CPP grant is a reimbursement program
  • Have a current status as a city contractor (or a fiscal sponsor with status as a City contractor) through www.stpaulbids.com. Organizations can complete this step after applying but it will be required. 
  • If awarded, organization rep must attend Orientation in April and participate in a report-back presentation to the council at the end of the year. 

In an effort to support grassroots groups and individuals leading community-first public safety work in St. Paul who may not have required organizational infrastructure, the City Council will work with applicants to help them find an organizational sponsor and/or answer eligibility questions as able. Please reach out to Doua Yang at Doua.Yang@ci.stpaul.mn.us immediately with eligibility questions or needs.  

Funding Amounts:

  • The desired grant contract request will be $20,000.
  • Organizations must have a signed contract with the City before the work may begin for reimbursement.


  • Application opens: Monday, February 14
  • Application closes: Sunday, February 27 at 11:59PM CT

Apply online here. If you have questions about the application, please contact Doua Yang at doua.yang@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-266-8641.

Last Edited: February 15, 2022