Disability services innovation grants
The Minnesota Department of Human Services offers disability services innovation grants. These grants promote innovative ideas to improve outcomes for people with disabilities. Funded projects include new ways to help people with disabilities in Minnesota:
- Achieve integrated, competitive employment
- Live in the most integrated setting
- Connect with others in their communities
During state fiscal year 2018, approximately $2 million will be available. Applications are now closed for this round of grants. DHS anticipates it will award contracts to four to 10 qualified responders. The maximum award will be $500,000.
DHS is distributing the innovation grants in three parts:
- The large grants program
- The microgrant program
- The small grant program
In 2017, DHS awarded a total of $1.8 million in grants in the large grant program. More information is available in a news release.
The Arc Minnesota was the successful responder in 2017 to the RFP for the microgrants program, which offers funding directly to people with disabilities to help them achieve their personal goals in employment, housing and community integration. More information is on The Arc Minnesota website.
The small innovations grants program awards between $2,000 and $50,000 per year to people and organizations that work or plan to work with Minnesotans with disabilities. DHS created a shorter application and easier process based on the size of organizations and projects. As of early 2018, DHS is awarding the first round of grants.