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Minnesota Microgrant Partnership Guidelines


The Minnesota Microgrant 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 funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  Applications accepted until APRIL 16, 2021.  Application portal will be closed permanently at 11:59pm, April 16, 2021. 

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

Eligible Participants

The Minnesota Microgrant Partnership awards grants to individuals with disabilities who are residents of the state of Minnesota and are receiving waivered services or who have an Individual Education Plan Level 3 or 4. The Minnesota Microgrant Partnership will consider proposals from individuals, staff of programs on behalf of individuals, family or ally's on behalf of individuals. Applicants receiving waivered services must be a minimum of 18 years old. Applicants with an IEP must be a minimum of 16 years old. One award per approved applicant in a calendar year.

Types of projects eligible

The Minnesota Microgrant Partnership awards grants in the following areas:

  • Competitive integrated employment
  • Accessible or 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, or rent, past due bills, living expenses. The microgrant cannot fund replacement furniture. 

Application procedure 

Applicants will complete and submit a microgrant 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 online application, please contact The Arc Minnesota at 952.920.0855, and we may direct you to the Regional office nearest you.

Required Budget Information:

Amount Requested, Item/Service/Fee, Vendor/Payee, Item/Service/Fee 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, accessible 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?

Each recipient must agree to share their story as well as participate in a follow up survey.  

If you are funded, we wish you great success! Please note, monies will not be disbursed to the applicant directly.  Applicants can receive a maximum of 3 microgrants, one per calendar year. A recipient will not be awarded funding for a request that has previously been funded.

If you are not funded, please don’t give up! Please try again, we want to work with you.


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