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Grants to help families overcome poverty, address disparities

3/12/2020 12:49:11 PM

Improving access to child care and college in African American communities, enhancing children’s preparedness for school in Latino communities and preventing homelessness in American Indian communities — these are examples of just some of the work community organizations will pursue with grants from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

The department recently issued Whole Family Systems Grants of approximately $250,000 to $400,000 per year to eight organizations; see how the funds will be spent in this listing of Whole Family Systems grantee activities (PDF). The Future Services Institute at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs will also receive $2.4 million in grant funds to uncover and address the systemic influences related to racial, geographic and economic inequities, and to support coordination across the programs and systems that serve children and families. Total funding to be disbursed over five years to all nine grantees will top $17.2 million.

Whole family (sometimes called two-generation) approaches focus on the needs of children and the adults who care for them. Grantee organizations will work with the department to improve access to services for children and families in communities with significant racial, ethnic, economic, health and educational disparities. 

Partnering with the department to better serve families through Whole Family Systems Grants are the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Housing Finance, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Management and Budget, White Earth Nation, Hennepin County, Olmsted County, Ramsey County, Northside Achievement Zone and St. Paul Promise Neighborhood.

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