The Minnesota Department of Human Services regularly offers opportunities for grants and requests for proposals (RFPs). Occasionally, the department also asks partners and interested parties to respond to requests for information (RFIs). Receive emails of new grant and RFP opportunities.
Potential respondents should review all document requirements when considering an RFP or RFI opportunity. The details of any required documentation will be provided in the RFP or RFI. Document templates may be linked along with the open grant, RFP or RFI opportunity. The following are example document templates.
State seeks to improve outreach to and efficacy of service delivery to underserved and minority populations. Responders who qualify as targeted organizations are encouraged to demonstrate how they may uniquely improve service delivery to the Target Population. The State will take into consideration a Responder’s qualification as a targeted organization as a factor in evaluating Responder’s ability to provide services to the Target Population.
To qualify as a targeted organization, the Responder must demonstrate that it satisfies any one of the three following categories. Print this webpage and attach it along with corresponding requested documentation to the Responder’s proposal.
1) Targeted organization. The Responder may qualify as a Targeted Organization if the Responder is a Minnesota-based organization and at least 51% owned by women, racial minority/people of color, veterans or people of disability; OR 51% operated and controlled on a day-to-day and long-term basis by staff members who are women, racial minority/people of color, veterans or people of disability.
The Responder must submit the following documents to be considered a Targeted Organization:
Minnesota Corporate Bylaws or governing documents;
Current list of Board of Directors or owners with details on each member’s term, commitment, and background information noting specifically if the member is a woman, racial minority/person of color, veteran or a person of disability;
Executive Director(ED)/President’s current job description, curriculum vita/resume and background information noting specifically if the ED/President is a woman, racial minority/person of color, veteran or a person of disability; and
Current list of Staff with corresponding current job descriptions, resumes/curriculum vitas and background information noting specifically if the staff member is a woman, racial minority/person of color, veteran or a person of disability.
An attestation by the organization that 51% or greater of the ownership or operation of the organization by a woman, racial minority/person of color, veteran or a person of disability is real, substantial and continuing, and not merely pro forma.
2) Targeted organization: Economically disadvantaged small business. The Responder may qualify as proposal Targeted Organization if the Responder is a Minnesota-based business that has less than $1.5 million in annual gross revenue or sales AND is located in an Economically Disadvantaged Area in Minnesota under (a) counties or (b) Indian Reservations/Communities below:
Aitkin; Becker; Big Stone; Cass; Chippewa; Clearwater; Cottonwood
Douglas; Faribault; Fillmore; Grant; Hubbard; Jackson
Kanabec; Kittson; Koochiching; Lac Qui Parle; Lake of the Woods
Lincoln; Mahnomen; Marshall; Meeker; Morrison
Murray; Norman; Otter Tail; Pine; Pipestone
Pope; Red Lake; Redwood; Renville; Rock
Sibley; Swift; Todd; Traverse; Wadena; Watonwan
b) Indian reservations and communities
Bois Forte; Fond Du Lac; Grand Portage; Leech Lake
Lower Sioux; Mille Lacs; Prairie Island; Red Lake
Shakopee; Upper Sioux; White Earth
To be considered a Targeted Organization, the Responder must submit the following documents:
Most recently filed 990 form
Current financial statements (Balance Sheet and Income/Expense Statement) OR most recent Annual Report
Minnesota Corporate Bylaws or governing documents;
501(c)(3) letter or MN State incorporation letter with address of physical location in one of the counties or Indian reservations/communities listed above; certified change of address required if address on 501(c)(3) letter is different; and
Proof of operations in one of the counties/Indian Reservation or Communities listed above: utility bill, leasing agreement, program brochures, etc.
3) Qualified by Minnesota Department of Administration. The Responder may qualify as a Targeted Organization if the Responder is certified as a TG/ED business through the Minnesota Department of Administration, Materials Management Division (MMD): http://www.mmd.admin.state.mn.us/mn02001.htm.
To be considered a Targeted Group or Economically Disadvantaged Small Business by the Minnesota Department of Administration, the organization/business must be listed under MMD’s Directory of Certified TG/ED Vendors: http://www.mmd.admin.state.mn.us/process/search/.
Below is a list of expectations the vendor/grantee will need to meet to have a successful contract. The vendor/grantee will be evaluated on the following items at the close of their contract. This evaluation may affect future contracting opportunities.
Timely submission of payment requests/invoices for appropriate costs, which are consistent with contract budget.
For administrative expenses, the use of either an approved Federal indirect cost rate, an approved negotiated indirect cost rate with the State, or the standard rate of 10%.
Compliance with audit requirements.
Compliance and timeliness with programmatic reporting requirements.
Clear and responsive communication regarding questions, concerns, and changes to work plan or budget.
Specific statement of proposed measurables and deliverables.
Accomplishment of contract objectives, project goals, and deliverables.
Innovation grants support opportunities for people with disabilities in housing, jobs, services and community engagement. The DHS Disability Services Division kicked off the innovation grants program in 2016 to support new and innovative ideas to achieve these outcomes effectively and efficiently.
DHS works with partners statewide to expand the capacity of long-term services and supports to help people age 65 and older stay in their homes and communities of choice. Projects funded through the department's Live Well at Home grants provide a variety of services and supports that allow older Minnesotans to remain in their homes rather than move to nursing homes or other more expensive settings.
DHS issued Whole Family Systems Grants to eight organizations throughout the state to uncover and address the systemic influences related to racial, geographic and economic inequities. Learn about the activities the grants will fund (PDF).