Crime dropped in an area of Minneapolis after the East Franklin Avenue Community Safety Center was established under a collaboration among public agencies and the American Indian Neighborhood Development Corporation. The Indian group won a $30,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards to promote its anticrime program.
Crime dropped nearly 17 percent in the year after the center opened and several businesses moved into the area, described as the “largest, poorest, and most diverse neighborhood in Minneapolis.” The program is an example of what can be done with six to eight grants ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 that are awarded each year. Winners last year were from Kalamazoo, Mi., Buffalo, Rochester, Sacramento, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Applications for this year’s grants must be in by 5 p.m. this coming Friday, Feb. 25. For more information, visit www.lisc.org/csi.