Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization

Application for Curb Appeal Lottery


Apr 11


CANDO is holding a curb appeal lottery in an attempt to help residential property owners improve and beautify the exteriors of their homes. The lottery will consist of grants matching one third of the project total up to one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars.  The total funding for the lottery will be twenty thousand ($20,000.00) dollars. The idea of this lottery is to help residential property owners go above and beyond the routine maintenance and add beauty and value to their homes and our neighborhood.

To enter, submit project proposals to CANDO; proposals are subject to review for eligibility. Projects that keep within the stated guidelines below will be entered in the lottery style drawing.  CANDO reserves the right to reject any project that is not in keeping with the desired neighborhood aesthetics. The lottery is open to anyone who owns residential property within the Central neighborhood’s borders. (If you rent in Central, please talk with your landlord/property owner about putting together a proposal.)

Proposals must be submitted by May 16, 2011.  Projects that are accepted will be entered into the lottery; the drawing is at the Housing Committee’s meeting on Thurs., May 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sabathani Community Center.  Projects drawn as winners must be completed by Sept. 30, 2011.  One third of the total cost, up to one thousand dollars, will be reimbursed to the home owner from CANDO when the project is finished.  Some projects may require permits from the city of Minneapolis, so please call 311 or go to the City of Minneapolis website to find permit guidelines. If the project requires a permit we will need a copy of the permit with the proposal.

Guidelines & Types of Projects

  1.       Only exterior projects will be considered.
  2.       Painting of wood clapboard siding will be considered.
  3.       No fencing projects will be considered.
  4.       Landscaping, plantings and rain gardens in areas with street visibility,
  5.       Hardscaping for yards areas with street visibility (Walkways, front steps, retaining walls, etc.)
  6.       Exterior lighting (sconces, yard lights or porch lights).
  7.       Boulevard plantings, tree planting. (Tree planting on boulevards requires a permit from the Mpls. forestry department)
  8.       Masonry repairs and tuck-pointing.
  9.       Restoring historically appropriate exterior finishes, details or materials.
  10.   Labor/permit costs will be considered


Example: Jane Doe plans a landscaping project that cost 2,500.00 she submitted a proposal and it was accepted and entered in to the lottery. If her project was drawn as a winner 1/3 ($833.00) of the submitted cost amount will be reimbursed to her, if the project is completed by Sept. 30.


If your project is drawn as a winner at the lottery, make sure you keep all the receipts for the costs of your project.  When the project is done, you will submit the receipts along with a summary showing the total cost of the project, and an ‘After’ photograph, to CANDO at mplscando@gmail.com or to 310 E. 38th Street, Room 304, Mpls., MN  55409.


This is a program for projects completed between May 27 and Sept. 30, 2011.  CANDO will not include in the lottery any costs for work done before May 27 or after Sept. 30, 2011.

Thank you for making the Central neighborhood a more attractive place to live!

Exterior Remodeling and Alterations

When do I need a permit?

A permit is required:

For all work not specifically exempt from the building code. This applies to residents, contractors, and commercial owners.  Even if you are a homeowner, you need a permit to work on your own home.

When work is structural in nature, such as adding or replacing beams, posts, joists, and rafters.

Common exterior projects requiring a permit:

Changes to the house itself

Roofing , Siding , Replacement doors/windows, Retaining walls more than four feet in height

Repair or replacement of brick/stone facades

Any deck, platform, stoop or ramp, regardless of height that provides direct access to the dwelling.

Any deck, platform or ramp not attached to the dwelling that does not provide direct access to the dwelling and that is more than 30” above grade.

Outdoor living and landscaping projects

Garages, New garage or replacement of old

Installation or replacement of doors or windows Driveways/Sheds/greenhouses/utility buildings/screened porches over 120 square feet

Swimming pools 24 inches deep and over 150 square feet in area

Demolition of buildings including garages over 1,000 square feet in floor area

Fences over six feet high

When placing a dumpster or storage unit in the street or public right-of-way

Exterior projects that do NOT require a permit

No permit is needed for:

Painting your house or trim. Installing or replacing gutters. Installing or replacing soffit or fascia.

Digging a new garden or planting trees or bushes

Note: Be sure to check for any underground wires and cables, such as phone or electrical lines or TV cables. Gopher State One Call can assist you in the location of some underground lines and cables.

Boulevard Trees

Requests for a tree planting permit must be made to the Forestry Division which has the authority to deny a permit request if it is in the public’s best interests. Permits must conform to the Master Planting Plan. Permits are free. Only the Director of Forestry can approve deviations from the plan. The Forestry Division determines the location of trees that are to be planted via a permit. Locations that require that a hole be cut in the sidewalk must have an approved Encroachment Permit from the Department of Public Works.


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