University’s Good Neighbor Fund awards announced

Kia Farhang

The University of Minnesota announced Friday it will contribute $48,000 to eight neighborhood projects this year.

The money comes from the Good Neighbor Fund, which has awarded more than $250,000 to community projects since its inception in 2007, according to a news release.

This year’s projects include a graffiti clean-up campaign on the West Bank and the planting of trees along Cleveland Avenue, which leads into the St. Paul campus.

In total, neighborhood groups submitted 16 applications for funding, according to the fund’s website.

Three of the five members of the fund's management committee must vote in favor of a project in order to approve it, according to the fund's operations plan.