The City of Minneapolis and the 2020 Census
The U.S. census is a count of all residents in the United States taken every 10 years and is required by the U.S. Constitution. It is used to determine political representation and federal funding distribution for governments, including at the state and local levels. In 2020, it will determine how many congressional representatives Minnesota will have for the next decade. Getting an accurate and complete count of all residents is vital. The Neighborhood & Community Relations Department leads the City of Minneapolis' efforts to ensure a complete count.
- Census outreach opportunities at Tuesday's Complete Count Committee meeting
- Census outreach grant application workshop at Tuesday's Complete Count Committee meeting (10/11/19)
- Presentation tonight on census outreach plans & US Census Bureau activity in neighborhoods (8/20/19)
We Count events
Complete Count Committee
The City is taking steps to ensure that the 2020 census accurately counts Minneapolis's residents through the establishment of a community-led Complete Count Committee to guide the creation of the We Count engagement campaign. Read more and apply for open seats on the committee...
Minneapolis Foundation grant (first come, first served)
The State of Minnesota, in partnership with the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership, Minnesota Council on Foundations, and The Minneapolis Foundation is administering state-funded grants to support Minnesota’s Complete Count Committees, working to achieve a complete and accurate count of Minnesota residents during the 2020 Census.
Tribal, state, and local governments, and/or community organizations may form a Complete Count Committee (CCC) to increase awareness about the census, and encourage their community members to complete the Census form. Committees work best when they include a cross-section of community representatives from government, education, business, religious organizations, media, and other stakeholders.
The grant process is not competitive and is available on a first come, first serve basis for up to 400 Complete Count Committees. The State of Minnesota funds grants of $750 and are available to all Committees that meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Are a non-profit entity (501(c)(3), government entity, school district, college or university) or operate under a fiscal agent.
- Agree to participate in one census outreach training 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 applications. 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. Those funds will help communities support a complete count during the Census Bureau’s Non-Response Follow-up Period, in which Census workers work to count residents who had not yet complete their Census form. The application for those fund can be found here: https://www.minneapolisfoundation.org/census/
If you have not registered as a Complete Count Committee already, please see the instructions here: https://mn.gov/admin/2020-census/involved/ccc/get-started/
For technical questions about the application process, contact Nancy Cerkvenik at [email protected] or 612-672-8665. For questions about your project proposal, contact Catherine Grey [email protected] or 612-672-3876.
There will not be a citizenship question on the 2020 census
On July 2, the Trump administration officially ended their efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed the 2020 Decennial Questionnaire would not include a citizenship question. According to the DOJ, the printer has been instructed to begin printing the questionnaire without including the proposed citizenship question.
This comes after the Supreme Court rejected the Department of Commerce’s argument that the citizenship question was added to enforce and protect voting rights.
Again, a citizenship question will not be included on the 2020 Census Questionnaire.
We will continue our efforts to ensure a complete, accurate and fair count. Our work continues.
- Alberder Gillespie
Census 2020 Map
Last updated Nov 19, 2019