Category Archives: News

Kare 11 (January 29,2020)

Hennepin County deputies to hand out repair vouchers, not tickets. View Story

Star Tribune (February 3, 2020)

 New policy is a tool, not a ticket, for Minneapolis police After trying a vouchers approach to minor traffic violations, city rolls out a change. Read More..

WCCO (January 29, 2020)

Some drivers who are pulled over for a broken light in Hennepin County won’t be issued a ticket. They will instead get a different piece of paper. Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies will now issue vouchers to get those busted headlights, taillights and signals fixed.Read More…    

5 KSTP News (January 29,2020)

The next time a Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputy pulls you over, you could get a voucher instead of a citation. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday it was joining the Lights On! program. It gives drivers free coupons to repair broken headlights, taillights, brake lights or turn signals rather than penalizing them with a traffic ticket, “some […]

FOX 9 (January 30, 2020)

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday it will no longer be issuing fix-it tickets for broken headlights, taillights, brake lights or turn signals. Instead, deputies will be handing out vouchers to have these issues fixed at a participating auto service provider.Read More…

StarTribune Features MicroGrants’ Partner Agency PPL

On July 8, 2019, the StarTribune featured MicroGrants’ Partner Agency Project for Pride in Living (PPL). The story was about PPL’s expansion into the Franklin Theater, which was previously vacant. PPL will use the space to train participants for living-wage jobs. The story includes quotes from PPL’s CEO, Paul Williams, and PPL Vice President May […]

Success Story from MicroGrants in Southwest Florida

As reported in the June newsletter, MicroGrants Board Member Chuck Garrity operates a chapter of MicroGrants in Southwest Florida. This chapter has nine Partner Agencies that serve a wide variety of people with varying needs. St. Matthew’s House is one of those Partner Agencies. It offers a variety of services, combatting homelessness, hunger, addiction, and […]

Minnesota Police Chief Magazine Featured Lights On!

The fall 2018 issue of the Minnesota Police Chief magazine featured Lights On! What follows are excerpts from the three-page article. “It happens dozens of times a day, all over the state. Officers pull over a driver for having a taillight out. Maybe it’s a headlight. While it might not seem like a big deal […]

Donate a Car for a Transportation Grant

You can now donate a car to MicroGrants for our transportation grant program. Car donations can be taken to any Bobby and Steve’s Auto World location. Bobby and Steve’s will assess its value and determine if repairs are necessary. This new program will help meet the increased demand for transportation grants. Like most of us, […]

StarTribune Features MicroGrants’ Partner Agency MEDA

On November 4, 2018, the StarTribune featured MicroGrants’ partner agency MEDA in an article about MEDA’s work helping minority-owned businesses. MEDA provides business loans that are often much larger than a grant from MicroGrants, but the two organizations work in tandem so that grants from MicroGrants can fill in gaps left by loans. You can […]