MOORHEAD — Local and community groups may apply for small grants of up to $750 to assist with 2020 U.S. 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.

Grants are available on a first come, first serve basis for up to 400 Complete Count Committees. To be eligible, committees must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Be a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity , government entity, school district, college or university or operate under a fiscal agent.

  • Agree to participate in one census outreach training program provided by the MN State Demographic Center.
  • Agree to participate in the Commit to Be Counted (C2BC) digital organizing campaign managed by the MN State Demographic Center.
  • Agree to use the grant for at least one of the following purposes: 1) Digital organizing; 2) Outreach to residents in high-density housing; or 3) 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 have effectively used the tools provided and which serve historically-undercounted communities. Applications may be made to the Minneapolis Foundation at https://www.minneapolisfoundation.org/census/.

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Local organizations may register Complete Count Committees by submitting a letter to the Chicago office of the US Census Bureau, and copying the Minnesota State Demographers office. Instructions can be found at the Minnesota 2020 Census site: https://mn.gov/admin/2020-census/involved/ccc/get-started/.