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Federal Resources now available to Minnesota Communities

Emergency Solutions Grant COVID-19 Funds, Round 1 (ESG-CV1)


The Minnesota Department of Human Services, through its Economic Assistance and Employment Support Division, Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO or STATE), is seeking proposals from qualified responders to provide emergency shelter services and/or outreach to unsheltered individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the state of Minnesota. The Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks eligible entities (nonprofit organizations and local units of government) to provide emergency shelter and/or unsheltered street outreach services to youth, single adults, and/or families. Recipients of these supplemental allocations of ESG-CV1 funds are to be used to:

• Prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and related economic hardships among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance; and

• Support additional and/or maintain homeless assistance activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, related economic hardships, and persistent barriers to housing.

More Information:

• The term of any resulting contract is anticipated to be for twenty-four months, from October 1, 2020 until September 30, 2022.

• This RFP is only for the first CARES Act ESG Allocation to Minnesota (ESG-CV1). The second CARES Act ESG allocation (ESG-CV2) will be allocated using a separate RFP process in the coming months.

• Because the Department of Human Services is the recipient for ESG allocations for non-entitlement areas (balance of state), funds distributed via this RFP are prioritized for entities providing services in non-entitlement areas (any location other than the entitlement communities of Duluth, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Dakota County, Hennepin County, and St. Louis County- Please check with these communities to access these funds).

Proposals must be submitted electronically to Barb Alt by

4:00 p.m. Central Time

on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

For more information about this RFP, visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services RFP webpage. Questions? Please contact Katelyn Warburton.

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan announced $12 million to combat hunger in Minnesotan amid COVID-19.

This funding will support approximately 300 food shelves

and all seven food banks across Minnesota.

Approximately 300 thousand Minnesotans have visited food shelves each month since the pandemic began, representing approximately a 30 percent increase over typical visits. The $12 million in emergency support for food shelves, food banks, and other emergency food efforts across the state will help meet this unprecedented demand.

Information about food assistance resources is available on the state’s food emergency webpage. Minnesotans can fill out a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application online at


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