Achieve Your Goals

You may be eligible for a microgrant if you are an individual with a certified disability living in Minnesota. The Microgrant Program is made possible through funding from The Minnesota Department of Human Services to assist individuals with projects/goals related to housing or employment, up to $2,000. Applications will be accepted from individuals or their staff, family, friends, or supporters. Only one microgrant per year may be awarded to an individual.

 

Thank you for your interest in the Microgrant Program. The application portal will reopen at 8am on August 1.

 

We are no longer able to accept bed requests. Please connect with these organizations for bed help:

• Bridging.org
• MyVeryOwnBed.org
• Beds4Vets.org
• Freecycle.org
• ShpBeds.org
• AHopeToDream.com

 

What is your employment or housing goal?

Do you have a goal to get a job in the community? Would you like to live as independently as possible, maybe even in your own home or apartment?

  • Could a job coach, training, or a uniform help you reach your employment goal?
  • Would a rental deposit or home furnishings help you achieve your ideal housing situation?

When you apply, tell us how $100-$2,000 could help you reach your goals. Microgrant money may not be used for monthly rent, bills, vacations, gift cards, online mattresses, or cars. Other exceptions may apply—please read the guidelines on the application for more information.

 

How do I apply?

Click one of the application links above (beginning April 15, 2024) or call us at 952.234.3883 if you need help or want a paper application mailed to you.

 

When will I know if my application has been approved?

This program is popular so the review and grant award process may take 45-60 days. Because of this timeframe, the program is not intended for emergency situations. Additionally, we do not have enough funding to award every application.

A volunteer panel reviews each application. They make recommendations to ask for more information, and approve, or deny applications.

Microgrant staff makes all purchases and cannot reimburse for items already purchased.

We look forward to your proposal. Please contact us with questions at Microgrants@ArcMinnesota.org or 952.234.3883. Good luck!

 

Microgrant Success Stories

Joshua Armstrong, DJ and Microgrand recipient Sunshine Suzy, business owner and Microgrant recipient Andrew, microgrant recipient
Joshua was already a DJ but he needed a laptop to expand his music selection and gain a broader clientele. Suzy is standing in her bright yellow commercial kitchen with her line of “Sunshine Suzy” corn snacks made possible by a Microgrant. Andrew needed reliable transportation for his job at McDonald’s so he applied for a new bike and helmet.

How Do I Get More Information?

For more information, call The Arc at 952.920.0855 or toll-free at 833.450.1494, or submit your question to Ask An Advocate.