Purpose of grant

This grant is funded by the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  Through this grant, Hennepin County will fund expanded services to assist communities impacted by COVID-19, especially low income and communities of color. Non-profits and community organizations may apply for funds to provide additional or expanded human services to individuals that reside in Hennepin County and are in need of additional supports due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Services must be necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic and funds may only be used for services provided through December 30, 2020 .

Community organizations have seen an increase in demand for services due to the pandemic. This increase in demand has been reflected not only in traditional safety net services such as housing and employment, but also across a larger array of service types such as support for victims of domestic violence, senior citizens, mental health/chemical health patients, youth, and those in need of legal assistance.   Applicants may request the cost of providing the proposed service, which may be provided at a fixed rate or a per-client basis.  All of the applicant’s expenses in providing the service may be included in this cost and be identified as a line item expense in the budget submitted to Hennepin County.

Who is eligible to apply?

Organizations may or may not currently have a contract with Hennepin County Health and Human Services to provide services to county residents.  Organizations and their staff/volunteers must practice COVID 19 physical distancing and masking practices during the delivery of services to limit the spread of the virus.  Organizations must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a recognized community organization, non-profit organization, Mutual Assistance Association, faith-based organization, including social and human services organization.
  • Be able to provide services and/or expand services to targeted populations (individuals put at higher risk of COVID exposure due to employment, rate of infection by race, individuals served in human services i.e. child protection, mental health services, DOCCR, disabilities, housing instability, young parents, etc.) especially low income and communities of color.

Additional Grant Information

  • The maximum grant award amount will be $50,000 per organization.  Award amounts may vary depending on the types of services and/or supports being provided, frequency of the delivery of services, available funding, etc.   Award amounts may be modified dependent on the level of funding available
  • Grantees will be expected to enter into an agreement with Hennepin County governing the expenditure of funds and must agree that all expenditures will be eligible expenditures under the CARES Act.*
  • Eligible expenses must be directly related to the delivery of services or supports as described in the application material.  Strong consideration will be given to those organizations that provide or support services to low income individuals and communities of color.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is an allowable expense under this funding opportunity.
  • Funds must pay for services provided or expenses incurred between the effective date of the agreement and December 30, 2020.  Grant dollars may not be used for the cost of services provided or expenses incurred before or after these dates.   Expenses for 2021 cannot be prepaid using CARES funding. 
  • Grant funds not spent by December 30, 2020 must be returned to the County.
  • All invoices for services or requests for reimbursement must be received by the County by January 31, 2021.
  • Applicants selected to receive grant funds must keep appropriate documentation to support the expenses which have been incurred and cooperate with any county requests for information.
  • A report outlining the details of the project, how CARES dollars were spent, etc. must be submitted by January 31, 2021.
  • In the event grant dollars are spent on ineligible expenses or for a purpose not intended, Grantees will be asked to return those funds directly to Hennepin County.

Grant Application Timeline

Deadline for application: October 31, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

Information session

Frequently asked questions

* The CARES Act provides that payments from the Fund may only be used to cover costs that:

  1. are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);
  2. were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and
  3. incurred during the period that begins with the date of the signed agreement and ends on December 30, 2020.  

See Section 601(d) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the CARES Act

How well positioned is your organization to mitigate disproportionate impacts of COVID-19?

My organization is well positioned to mitigate the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 public health crisis for people of color and low-income communities through the distribution of expanded services or direct support of services in the following areas:  (check all that apply):

My organization does not have experience with the delivery of expanded services in the community but would like to implement this service to my specific community due to the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis for people of color and low income communities through the distribution of expanded services or direct support of services in the following areas: (check all that apply)

What communities will you serve - culturally specific communities, underserved populations, people experiencing homelessness, etc.? (Please state all that apply) Describe qualifications that make you well–suited to serve this population.

Describe the services you will deliver, those you have provided to date and why these expenditures are necessary due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. If this is a new project/initiative or you are expanding support of county/community services, please describe in detail the type of service, unit rate/per person cost/equipment costs for this funding request. Share any measurements or targets that will demonstrate your success.

Please complete the budget template for this grant request. A detailed line item budget is necessary to determine the final award amount. Submit the completed budget template with this completed questionnaire.