The Minnesota Microgrant Partnership offers small amounts of money to persons with disabilities to achieve their goals around competitive, integrated employment; accessible, inclusive housing; and community integration. The program is administered by The Arc Minnesota and is funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Minnesota residents with disabilities, age 18 and older, who are receiving waivered services or transition-age youth who have a Level 3 or 4 Individual Education Plan (IEP), are encouraged to apply for funding.
Microgrant awards range from $100 to $1000. Requests above $1,000 may be considered. The maximum award allowed is $2,000.
The following list includes only a few examples of opportunities eligible for funding. We expect applicants will have other creative, exciting ideas about how to use funds to overcome financial barriers to their person-centered goals around competitive, integrated employment; inclusive housing; and community integration goals.
In most cases, camps, conferences, vacations, and out-of-state travel, are not eligible for funding through the Minnesota Microgrant Partnership. Some out-of-state travel may be considered for residents living near state borders.
Applicants may receive help with the application from a friend, family member or supporter. The Arc regional offices serve as local contacts to assist with application completion.
A review panel, including self-advocates, will review applications to make decisions on which applications receive funding. The Department of Human Services also reviews requests for more than $500 and may recommend other opportunities to achieve applicant goals.
The award process may take up to 60 days, therefore grants are not intended for emergency or crisis situations.
Awards that are granted will be paid directly to third party entities such as vendors or landlords. Funds will not be distributed directly to individual grant recipients.
Applicants are encouraged to re-apply if their request is not funded.
Applicants may receive one grant per calendar year.
We expect to accept applications through early May 2021. The application may close if all funds are disbursed earlier than anticipated. The application may remain open longer in the event of additional funding.
Contact Wendy Gerlach or Susan Sochacki at 952.920.0855 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.