Upcoming Grant Opportunity: Expanded Food Access for Minnesota Children and Families

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) was funded $10 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to develop a grant process for Minnesota nonprofits (including faith-based organizations), educational institutions (e.g., early care, K-12 school districts, higher education), tribal nations and local governmental units to provide meals to children, youth, adults without families and families experiencing increased food insecurity as a result of COVID-19.

These funds will supplement existing funds in order to enhance the grantee’s capacity to meet the increased demand for meals. Projects may address needs on a statewide, regional or local level. Grant award amounts will vary depending upon the size and quantity of grant applications received. Eligible expenditures include food purchases, transportation costs, supplies for meal distribution, supplies to follow public health guidelines, and salaries of staff managing food operation activities. The CRF cannot be used to fill behind lost revenues or pay for expenditures that will be reimbursed under another federal program.

The CARES Act specifies that payments under the CRF must meet the following conditions:

1. Expenditures must be a necessary result of the COVID-19 public health emergency;

2. Costs must not be accounted for in the current biennial budget; and

3. Funds must be expended (not merely encumbered) by December 30, 2020.

More information on this upcoming grant opportunity will be released in the coming weeks. Details will be shared on the MDE website when the Request for Proposals is available.

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