What is the Minnesota Microgrant Partnership?

The Minnesota Microgrant Partnership gives grants to Minnesotans with disabilities. Microgrants help people reach goals related to where they work or live or how they engage in their community. Goals should be important to and for the applicant.

Funding comes from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

Applicants must be 18 or older and receive waiver services or personal care assistance. Or applicants could be 16 or older with a level 3 or 4 Individualized Educational Program (IEP).

How much money is available per application?

Microgrant awards range from $100 to $2000. The average request is about $900. The average award is between $700 and $800.

What are some examples of opportunities that will be considered?

The following list includes a few examples of successful grant requests. Applicants often have creative, exciting ideas about how to use funds to reach their goals.

  • Job coaching or training
  • Job related uniforms or tools
  • Application fees and moving expenses when an individual is pursuing independent, accessible or inclusive housing
  • Home furnishings to establish a safe, healthy living space
  • Class registration fees
  • Membership fees
  • Assistive technologies

Are there any opportunities that will not be considered?

Camps, conferences, vacations, out-of-state travel, and replacement furniture are not eligible for funding through the Minnesota Microgrant Partnership. Some out-of-state travel may be considered for residents living near state borders.

What if an applicant needs help completing the application?

Applicants may receive help completing an application from a friend, family member or supporter. The Arc staff may help with application questions if requested.

Who decides if a grant request will be funded?

The Department of Human Services checks for eligibility. We will let applicants know if they request an item or service which is available through their waiver services.

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

How long does it take to find out if a grant is approved?

The award process may take up to 45 days, so grants are not intended for emergency or crisis situations.

How are funds distributed?

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

What happens if a request is not granted?

Applicants may apply again if their proposal is denied.

May I receive more than one grant?

Applicants may only receive one grant per calendar year.

How can an individual apply for a grant?

The fastest way to apply is online. Applications will open on January 1, 2023. If required, request a paper application from microgrants@arcminnesota.org or 952-920-0855. Response times may be longer for a paper application.

Is there an application deadline?

Apply by December 31, 2023. The application may close sooner if all funds run out earlier than anticipated.

Who can answer questions about the Minnesota Microgrant Partnership?

Contact Dawn at 952.920.0855 or microgrants@arcminnesota.org with your unanswered questions.