To help cities plan for healthy communities
We bring a multidisciplinary approach to improving places where people live, work, learn, and play. We work with cities and partners to improve accessibility, quality of life, and health outcomes in Hennepin County.
On this page:
- COVID-19 response toolkits for public spaces and business districts
- Active Living funding and technical assistance for cities
- Related links and materials
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way communities come together to safely use our valued public spaces and support local businesses. To help cities, communities and businesses navigate this new dynamic landscape, Hennepin County is working with partners to collect and share best practices for public spaces and business districts during COVID-19.
COVID-19 response toolkit with winter strategies
This toolkit aims to provide strategies for business owners and city staff to support small businesses, and help keep community members engaged, comfortable and safe throughout COVID-19 during the winter months.
COVID-19 winter strategies toolkit
COVID-19 response toolkit for business districts
This toolkit is designed to commercial districts and help their small businesses navigate and survive COVID-19.
COVID-19 response toolkit for parks, streets, and neighborhoods
This toolkit is crafted to support safe public spaces that foster healthy and active communities during COVID-19.
Other Active Living COVID-19 resources
- View a list of COVID-19 resources (PDF) for Active Living partners.
- View the Active Living Resource Library.
The Active Living program provides funding and technical assistance to cities and government agencies to advance healthy communities, active living, and equity.
Who is eligible for assistance?
Applicants can include cities and government agencies within the Hennepin County Public Health jurisdiction (all cities except Bloomington, Edina, Minneapolis, and Richfield).
Types of projects
Funding and technical assistance are available to help with the following activities:
- Conducting assessments and education related to bike and walkability
- Improving biking, walking, or public spaces through demonstration projects or infrastructure changes
- Developing plans or policies to support physical activity and create healthier communities
- Engaging traditionally underrepresented populations in the design of public spaces and support for physical activity
Application and timeline
- Apply any time before June 30
- Projects can last up to one year but must be completed by October 31
Individual projects can receive up to $15,000.
- Active Living March 2021: Safer to Share the Road
- Active Living Hennepin County Partnership December 2020 meeting
- Active Living brochure (PDF)
- Active Living Partnership Grant information (PDF)
- Active Living Program Checklist (PDF)
- Metro Healthy Comprehensive Plans workgroup (PDF)
- Golden Valley Walk/Bike Connections (PDF)
- Ridgedale Town Green – Minnetonka (PDF)
- East to West Oktoberfest – New Hope (PDF)
- TRANSITion to Spring - Robbinsdale (PDF)