Current Grant Opportunities

Inclusive and Equitable Communities Grant

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with Region Nine Development Commission (RNDC) and SE MN Together, is currently accepting applications for its Inclusive and Equitable Communities Grant program. Nonprofit organizations, units of government, or public institutions in SMIF’s 20-county region are eligible to apply. Requests of up to $20,000 will be considered. The deadline to apply is Oct. 26.

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Workforce Housing Development Grant Program

Minnesota Housing is now accepting applications for this competitive funding program, which targets small to mid-size cities in Greater Minnesota with rental workforce housing needs. Anticipated funding of approximately $1.5 million will be available to build market-rate residential rental properties in communities with proven job growth and demand for workforce rental housing. Communities are required to secure matching funds that match one dollar for every two dollars in funding offered through the program. The deadline to apply is 12 p.m. on Dec. 17.

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State Fire Marshal Gear Washer/Dryer Grant Program

The State Fire Marshal is accepting applications for its Gear Washer/Dryer Grant Program. Mechanical turnout gear washers/extractors and dryers have been introduced as an effective and efficient means by which firefighters can best clean their soiled turnout gear and greatly reduce their exposure to combustion byproducts that cause cancer. This grant program provides funds to fire departments to buy such a gear washer/extractor and/or dryer. The deadline to apply is Oct. 20.

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COVID-19 Response Grants for Election Administrators

The Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), a nonpartisan organization that provides technical assistance to election administrators across the country, is now accepting applications for COVID-19 Response Grants. The grant program is intended to support municipalities with a demonstrated need in the administration of safe elections during the pandemic. Minimum grants will be $5,000 and can be used for a variety of purposes for administering 2020 elections, including opening new polling sites, defraying the costs of early voting locations, providing personal protective equipment for poll workers, and more. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1.

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Coronavirus Relief Fund Grants for Youth and Young Adult Services

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs is accepting applications for grant funding to youth and young adult services to address financial needs and risks created by COVID-19. Local units of government, not-for-profit agencies, regional governance bodies, and tribal governments are eligible to apply.

Eligible youth and young adult services include:

  • Youth employment.
  • Out-of-school activities.
  • Youth-focused violence prevention or intervention.
  • Mental health services.
  • Community healing activities.
  • Crime victim services, including addressing homelessness and community COVID-19 responses.

Estimated award amounts will be $50,000 – $500,000. Funds can cover necessary expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency from Sept. 1, 2020, through Dec. 30, 2020 only. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 16 or as long as funds remain available.

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Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry Safety Grant Program

The Safety Grant Program awards funds up to $10,000 to qualifying employers for projects designed to reduce the risk of injury and illness to their workers. Applications are accepted continuously and reviewed every two months.
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