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Disability services innovation grants

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is offering a new disability services innovation grants program. These grants promote innovative ideas to improve outcomes for people with disabilities. Funded projects will include new ways to help people with disabilities in Minnesota:

  • Work in rewarding jobs
  • Live where they choose
  • Connect with others in their communities.

DHS is distributing the grants in three parts: the large grants program; the microgrant program; and the small grant program.

DHS has awarded grants in the amount of $1.8 million in the large grant program. More information is available in a news release.

Arc Minnesota was the successful responder to the RFP for the microgrants program, which offers funding directly to people with disabilities to help them achieve their personal goals regarding employment, housing and community integration.

An RFP has just been published for the small grants program. In order to make this grant program more accessible to small and non-traditional entities, DSD worked with the DHS Contracts Division to create a four-page application process and to adjust insurance and other requirements to be commensurate with the size of the organization and the project. Applicants will not have to meet all of the contracting requirements when they apply. If their project is selected, DSD staff will work with applicants to meet requirements before the contract is signed. RFPs are due June 30, 2017.

More information on the small grants program is below.

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