Disability Services innovation grants
People in Minnesota who have disabilities want the same great quality of life that most people in Minnesota enjoy: to work and earn money, live in housing of their choice, choose their care providers, their friends and social activities.
The Disability Services Division launched its innovation grants program in 2016 to support new and innovative ideas to achieve these outcomes effectively and efficiently.
Example of funded projects
This video spotlights the Dakota County Lyft pilot project, a collaboration between Dakota County Human Services and the ride-share company Lyft. The project provides door-to-door rides to and from work for people with disabilities who live in Dakota County. The video features interviews with people who use the service and shows them going to work, the gym and shopping. DSD awarded $100,000 to Dakota County for this project, which kicked off in January 2018. Read more about the project on Dakota County's website.