Small Grants Available for Diverse Nonprofits and City/County Governments in East Metro
MAVA is excited to issue a Request for Proposal for East Metro cities, counties or culturally specific organizations to propose innovative projects that will increase engagement from diverse and immigrant communities in local government volunteer initiatives or programs.
MAVA will award up to three mini-grants of $2,500 each to fund specific projects aimed at increasing diverse and immigrant civic community engagement in the East Metro. The goal of offering these grants is to provide an incentive to move forward in building culturally-inclusive civic community engagement programs, and document lessons learned to share with cities, counties and nonprofit organizations throughout the state.
Cities and counties must be located in Dakota, Ramsey or Washington County to apply. Culturally specific organizations must have a service geography that includes the East Metro area of the Twin Cities, but office location may be outside this area.
Applications are due Friday, March 31.
Staff from selected entities will make up a cohort group to share challenges, opportunities and successes between May and November of 2017. This initiative is funded by a grant from the St. Paul Foundation.
View or download the full RFP and application here: Inclusive Civic Volunteerism RFP.
Questions? Please contact Lisa Joyslin, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAVA Initiative on City Volunteer Engagement
The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) was awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant to convene conversations with partners, cities, volunteer managers, volunteers, and citizens interested in building new strategies to engage a diverse citizenry in community problems.
MAVA conducts extensive research on a variety of initiatives in the field of volunteer engagement. If you are a MAVA member, most of the reports and studies are available to you at no charge. If you are not a member, there is a cost to download these studies and reports. Please consider MAVA membership.
Resources for Cities on Volunteer Engagement from MAVA
Value of Volunteers for Cities
Value and Benefits of City Volunteers - Click Here
Tips for Starting or Building a Volunteer Program
MAVA Tool Kit for Starting or Strengthening a City Volunteer Program - Click Here
Advice from Cities on Starting or Expanding a Volunteer Program - Click Here
List of City Volunteer Positions - Click Here
MAVA Tips Sheet for Starting or Building a Volunteer Program - Click Here
Why Hire a Volunteer Manager - Click Here
Strategies Recommended by Cities for Success with Volunteers - Click Here
Cities Contact List
Cities Willing to Share Ideas - Click Here
Volunteer Management Tools and Resources Shared by Cities
Annual Report - Four Cities - Click Here
Annual Report - Plymouth - Click Here
Plan for Developing Volunteer Program - Roseville - Click Here
Plan for Structure of Volunteer Program - Warren - Click Here
Survey of Residents about Volunteering - Dassel - Click Here
What Volunteers Want - Dassel - Click Here
Recruitment Flyer for Upcoming Events - Roseville - Click Here
Recruitment Flyer for Playground Building - Roseville - Click Here
Volunteer Brochure - Roseville -
Volunteer Position Description – City Volunteer - Warren - Click Here
Volunteer Position Descriptions – Eight Positions - Click Here
Interview Questions - Plymouth - Click Here
Volunteer Application Form - Warren - Click Here
Volunteer Application Form - Four Cities - Click Here
Volunteer Application Form - Mounds View - Click Here
Volunteer Training Plan - Carlsbad CA - Click Here
Volunteer Time Sheet - Four Cities - Click Here
Volunteer Handbooks, Policies and Support
Volunteer Handbook - Four Cities - Click Here
Volunteer Handbook - Carlsbad CA - Click Here
Volunteer Policies - Sample - Click Here
Supervisor Handbooks, Training and Suppor
Volunteer Supervisor Handbook - Sample - Click Here
Volunteer Supervisor Handbook - Four Cities - Click Here
Tips for Supervisors - Carlsbad CA - Click Here
Q & A for Supervisors - Carlsbad CA - Click Here
Engage a Volunteer Consultant - Carlsbad CA - Click Here
Volunteer Supervisor Training - Carlsbad CA - Click Here
Volunteer Request Form - Plymouth - Click Here
Recognition Flyer - Roseville - Click Here
Resources for Engaging Culturally Diverse Volunteers
Tip Sheet - Involving Volunteers from Diverse Communities, from the Volunteer Perspective - Click Here
Interviews with Volunteers from Immigrant Communities Regarding Volunteering for a City - Click Here
Examples from Cities - Involving Culturally Diverse Volunteers - Click Here
Tips from Cities on Involving Culturally Diverse Volunteers - Click Here
Research Report City Involvement of Culturally Diverse Volunteer Full Report - Click Here
Police Department Volunteer Program - Resources Shared by the City of Moorhead
Police Volunteer Brochure - Click Here
Volunteer Application - Click Here
Volunteer Program Policy - Click Here
Personal Inventory - Click Here
Moorhead Police Department Training Manual
Volunteer Letter - Click Here
Volunteer Agreement - Click Here
New Volunteer Checklist - Click Here
Purpose and Philosophy - Click Here
Basic Expectations - Click Here
Organizational Structure - Click Here
Information Pages - Click Here
Conflict Management - Click Here
Radio Usage and 10 Codes - Click Here
Residence Checks - Click Here
Residence Checklist Form - Click Here
Traffic Control - Click Here
Uniform Policy - Click Here
Thank you for sharing resources to the cities of: Apple Valley, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Dassel, Edina, Inver Grove Heights, Moorhead, Mounds View, Rosemount, Roseville, Rothsay, St. Louis Park, Warren and West St. Paul and the Minneapolis Park Board.
MAVA Surveys on City Volunteer Engagement
City Volunteer Engagement Survey Report - Click Here
Report on Interviews with City Volunteers - Click Here
Articles and Web Resources
“Cities Using Volunteers,” League of Minnesota Cities study - Click Here
"Tips for Cities on How to Start or Strengthen a Volunteer Program" - Click Here
"Willing to Lend a Hand? Volunteering for Local Governments Report from a 2014 Pilot Survey of Four Minnesota Cities," by Roger Rose, University of Minnesota Morris - Click Here
See our Event Calendar
for additional training including MAVA’s “Volunteer Impact Leadership Training Series.” This two-day training series on best practices of volunteer engagement provides the essentials for running a volunteer program.
For more information contact: email@example.com
or (651) 255-0469.