Community Dispute Resolution Program Grant Announcement
BMS announces opening of Grant Applications for the 2014 Community Dispute Resolution Grant
Program. Applications will be accepted beginning July 5, 2013, ending at close of business on
July 24, 2013. Grant awards announcements will take place by August 9, 2013.
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 85 (Chapter 85) has assigned BMS the duty to make grants to
“Non-Profit Community Mediation entities.” Article 5 of the law provides the following:
Sec. 33. [179.91] GRANTS.
Subdivision 1. Authority. The commissioner of mediation services shall to the
extent funds are appropriated for this purpose, make grants to private nonprofit
community mediation entities certified by the state court administrator under
chapter 494 that assist in resolution of disputes. The commissioner shall establish
a grant review committee to assist in the review of grant applications and the allocation
of grants under this section.
Subd. 2. Eligibility. To be eligible for a grant under this section, a nonprofit
organization must meet the requirements of section 494.05, subdivision 1,
clauses (1), (2), (4), and (5).
Subd. 3. Conditions and exclusions. A nonprofit entity receiving a grant must
agree to comply with guidelines adopted by the state court administrator under section
494.015, subdivision 1. Sections 16B.97 and 16B.98 and policies adopted under those
sections apply to grants under this section. The exclusions in section 494.03 apply to
grants under this section.
Subd. 4. Reporting. Grantees must report data required under chapter 494 to
evaluate quality and outcomes.
Chapter 85, Article 1, Section 7, appropriates $160,000 in 2014 and $160,000 in 2015
for the purpose of community mediation grants. The Law requires that “The commissioner
shall establish a grant review committee to assist in the review of grant applications
and the allocation of grants under this section.” Bridget Gernander of the State Court
Administrators Office and Aimee Gourlay of Hamline University has generously agreed
to serve as the grant review committee.
If you have questions contact:
Mariah Levison - 651-539-1409
1380 Energy Lane, Suite 2
St. Paul, MN 55108
FY14 Grant Application - PDF
FY14 Grant Application - Word