The City of Edina supports organizations that serve Edina residents. The City provides special funding to organizations that address an immediate, basic human need (i.e., elements required for survival and normal/healthy mental and physical health, such as food, water, shelter, protection from environmental threats and supportive services to assist with activities of daily living) in order to improve resident and community quality of life.
The application for organizations interested in applying for funding begins in the summer of odd numbered years. Requests for Proposals will be available online for organizations to download during this time. The next application process will begin in summer of 2021.
The Human Service Funding is led by a task force which is formed every two years and is made up of current Board and Commission members of the City. The Human Services Task Force provides an informed and community-based recommendation on how the funds are distributed.
The Task Force's role is to solicit and consider proposals from organizations and provide recommendations of a two-year funding distribution amount to be considered for adoption by the City Council. The Task Force creates a Request for Proposal, accepts applications, analyzes and interviews applicants, and ultimately provides a funding recommendation. Because this is a budget distribution, the City Council has the final decision on the funding.