Minnesota Micro-Grant Partnership Guidelines

The Minnesota Micro-Grant Partnership offers modest grants to persons with disabilities who have financial barriers to their competitive employment, inclusive housing, and community integration goals. Priority is given to proposals that are innovative, creative, and sustainable. The program is administered by The Arc Minnesota and is made possible through an Innovative Solutions Grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

The Arc Minnesota is a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

The Arc Minnesota will award grants from $100-$1,000 to overcome barriers to competitive integrated employment, inclusive housing, or increased community integration.

Eligible Participants

The Minnesota Micro-Grant Partnership awards grants to individuals with disabilities who are residents of the state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Micro-Grant Partnership will consider proposals from individuals, staff of programs on behalf of individuals, family or ally's on behalf of individuals. Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old. One award per approved applicant in a calendar year.

Types of projects eligible

The Minnesota Micro-Grant Partnership awards grants in the following areas:

  • Competitive integrated employment
  • Inclusive housing
  • Increased community integration

Types of projects preferred

Projects that are person-centered, innovative, and sustainable will receive priority. For example, an individual who would prefer to hire their own job coach to move from workshop employment to integrated employment. 

Types of projects NOT eligible

The following projects are not eligible: camps; out-of-state travel; vacations; and conferences.

Application procedure

Applicants will complete and submit a micro-grant proposal through this website. The grant proposal needs to include detailed information about the need for the project, its goals, plan of action, and a budget. The proposal must be accompanied by supportive budget documentation. Should the proposal be approved, an agreement which provides clarification or more information about the project may be requested.

If you would like assistance in completing the on-line application, please contact The Arc MN at 651-604-8070, and we will direct you to the Regional Hub nearest you.

Required Budget Information

Applicant First Name:                                    

Applicant Last Name:                                    

DOB:                     

Mailing Address:                                                                              

Phone:

Email:

 

Brief Project Description:

 

 

Amount

Requested

Item/Service/Fee

Vendor/Payee

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Please note, the more information you provide, the better, as it will help to expedite approved proposals.


 Review process and evaluation criteria

Representatives of The Arc Minnesota and a review panel consisting of community members and self-advocates will review all submissions. We will contact applicants if further information is needed.

The following criteria are used to evaluate applications:

  • Significance—How well are the goals defined and do the goals meet the basic criteria of fulfilling competitive integrated employment, inclusive housing or increased community integration or inclusion?
  • Action plan—How well defined is the plan?  How closely tied is the plan to the stated goal?  Is the plan sustainable? 
  • Likelihood of success—How feasible is the project in terms of time and budget?

If you are funded, we wish you great success! Please note, monies will not be dispersed to the applicant directly. 

If you are not funded, please don’t give up, and try again. We want to work with you.

 

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