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Minnesota Housing Community Reviewer Application

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 13th at 2 p.m. CT
 
Tuesday, June 28th at 1:00 p.m. Informational Session Recording | Slides
 
 
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency invites members of the community to apply to be community reviewers to help us score and recommend grantees for our 2022 Capacity Building Grant program (“Community Reviewer”). We have created this Community Reviewer opportunity because we are striving to create a grantmaking process that values, listens to, and acts on the input of community. The expertise, ideas, and input of people who have experienced housing challenges are especially important as we seek to select Capacity Building proposals that most closely represent the goals of this grant program.   
 
Who are we looking for?
  • 11 people who live in Minnesota and have experienced housing challenges, as defined by them
  • 5 people who worked on activities funded by the 2019 or 2020 Capacity Building Initiative Grant or 2021 Intermediary Capacity Building Grants
Community Reviewers will be part of a team including state employees who will score, interview, and recommend a list of applicants to be 2022 Capacity Building Program grantees.
 
This is the first time we will contract with community members to serve as Community Reviewers to score applications and participate in the grantee selection process.  Your participation will help us learn and improve to better include community reviewers in our grant selection processes in the future.
 
Responsibilities, Time Commitment and Pay:
 
Community Reviewers will be required to complete all the following activities to receive a one-time payment of $500 after completion of all activities. Please see “Application Timeline and Key Dates” for a list of meeting dates and deadlines referenced here:
  1. Participate in a required Community Reviewer Orientation and Grant Reviewer Training Meeting.
  2. Review and score six to eight applications (estimate about 8 to 10 hours total over a three-week period).
  3. Participate in a 2-to-3-hour time block of grant applicant interviews.
  4. Participate in two selection meetings (one 4-to-5-hour time block to select interview finalists and one 2-to-3-hour time block to identify recommended grantees).
  5. Provide feedback of your experience as a Community Reviewer to Minnesota Housing’s grant program and evaluation staff.
We estimate that it will take about 20 to 23 hours during the months of July through early October to complete the activities identified above.  Please only apply if you can commit to participating in all of the activities. 
Applicants are not eligible to serve as Community Reviewers if their employer plans to apply for the 2022 Capacity Building Grant program.
 
Community Reviewer Application Process and Next Steps  
 
To apply to be a Community Reviewer, complete the short application online by going to this link.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 2p.m. (CT)
 
After the Community Reviewer application deadline, Minnesota Housing will review applications and schedule 15-minute interviews with the top candidates on July 21 st and July 22 nd.
 
About the 2022 Capacity Building Grant program:
 
We seek to fund activities that build the capacity of organizations and communities to address root causes of housing challenges and to create thriving and inclusive communities. Communities most impacted by housing challenges and disparities are experts and key partners in developing solutions to these challenges.
 
Timeline:
 
Community Reviewer Selection Timeline
Date
Activity
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Community Reviewer Application Released
Tuesday, June 28th at 1 p.m.
Call 651-395-7448 and enter meeting code 119311330#
Information Session about the Community Reviewer Role, Application, and Requirements. (Will be posted on  Minnesota Housing’s website).
Wednesday, July 13 th at 2 p.m. CT
Community Reviewer Applications Due
Friday, July 15 th in the afternoon
Notification of Community Reviewer applicant Interview Selection
Thursday, July 21 st:  4p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 22 nd: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
15-minute Interviews with Selected Community Reviewer Applicants
Monday, July 25th
Notification of Community Reviewer Selection
Monday, August 1st  Community Reviewers provide signed contracts and W-9 forms. 
Grant Review Timeline
Wednesday, August 3 rd: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
OR
Thursday, August 4 th: Noon to 1 p.m.
Community Reviewer Orientation Training 
(choose one session)
Monday, August 8 th, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Grant Reviewer Training Meeting and Grantee Applications Assigned
Monday, August 29 th at Noon
Grantee Application Scores Due
Wednesday, August 31st: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 1st: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 7th: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Grantee Interview Finalist Selection Meetings: Community Reviewers will be assigned to only one day. Meeting length depends on number of grantee applications.
(Community Reviewers will be assigned one 4-to-5-hour meeting)
Thursday, September 8 th
Friday, September 9 th
Monday, September 12 th
Tuesday, September 13th
Grantee Finalists Interviews:
(Community Reviewers will choose one 2-to-3 hour time slot)
Tuesday, October 4 th, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Recommended Grantee Selection Meeting
 
NOTE: The timeline is for illustration purposes only and is subject to change at Minnesota Housing’s sole discretion. If there is a revision to the timeline, Minnesota Housing will send an eNews. Updates will also be posted on this webpage.
 

How does Minnesota Housing Award Grant Funds for the 2022 Capacity Building Grant

 
Questions:
 
For questions about the Community Reviewer application send an email to: CommunityDevelopment.MHFA@state.mn.us.
 
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