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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Health Boards, and Tribes to
Support Home Visiting Programs Serving Families

Strong Foundations: Evidence-based Home Visiting Grant

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Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

Conf. Date:

04/27/22

LOI Date:

05/11/22

Deadline Date:

06/13/22 5:00 PM CDT Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, community health boards, and tribal nations to strengthen home visiting programs serving families throughout the state. Funding is intended to establish new programs or expand existing programs. The goal of the program is to equip pregnant people, parents, and other caregivers with the knowledge, skills, and tools to achieve a healthy birth and help their children to be physically, socially, and emotionally healthy, safe, and ready to succeed in school.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) seeks proposals from county governments, Tribal Nations, and non-profit organizations to implement and provide evidence-based family home visiting (FHV) services to Minnesota families in need. The goals of the MDH Family Home Visiting program are to:

  • Improve and promote parental and child health.
  • Prevent child abuse and neglect.
  • Reduce crime and intimate partner violence.
  • Increase family economic self-sufficiency.
  • Enhance positive parenting practices.
  • Promote children's development and readiness to participate in school.
  • Connect families to needed community resources and supports.

To provide stability to FHV programs and families, this Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to stabilize and sustain current home visiting programs while supporting start-up implementation of new home visiting programs seeking to address some of Minnesota’s greatest disparities.

This RFP will fund two priority areas:

  1. Sustain and set optimal target caseloads for current evidence-based home visiting programs funded by MDH, and
  2. Provide start-up funding for new programs seeking to implement evidence-based home visiting programs to address health disparities.

Priorities

Health Equity Priorities

It is the policy of the State of Minnesota to ensure fairness, precision, equity, and consistency in competitive grant awards. This includes ensuring diversity and inclusion in grant-making.  This grant will prioritize evidence-based long-term home visiting services to:

  • Communities experiencing high poverty, high child maltreatment rates, and high rates of infants born with low birth weight.
  • Pregnant and parenting teens, including fathers.
  • Black, Indigenous, and families of color living in communities with low access to health care, mental health care, and supportive social opportunities and services.
  • Families experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.
  • Families impacted by incarceration.
  • Pregnant and parenting people, their partners, mothers, fathers, infants, and families experiencing substance abuse.
  • Pregnant and parenting people, their partners, mothers, fathers, infants, and families experiencing increased stressors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Rural areas with limited prenatal, post-natal and pediatric medical services. 

Grant Outcomes - Implementation of evidence-based home visiting programs that:

  1. Provide voluntary home visiting as the primary service delivery strategy.
  2. Target outcomes that include improved parental and child health; prevention of child injuries, child abuse, or maltreatment, and reduction of emergency department visits; improvement in school readiness and achievement; reduction in crime or domestic/intimate partner violence; improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.
  3. Ensure the provision of high-quality home visiting services to eligible families living in atrisk communities by, in part, coordinating with comprehensive statewide early childhood systems to support the needs of those families.

Other Competitive Priorities: https://www.health.state.mn.us/docs/communities/fhv/strongfoundrfp.pdf#page=11 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200559

Number of Grants:

Sustained Home Visiting Estimated Number of Awards 70; New Start-up Home Visiting Estimated Number of Awards 5.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding: Sustained Home Visiting Estimate:
Estimated Amount to Grant $22 million/year
Estimated Award Maximum $1.4 million/year
Estimated Award Minimum $100,000/year

Funding: New Start-up Home Visiting Estimate:
Estimated Amount to Grant $1.5 million/year
Estimated Award Maximum $250,000
Estimated Award Minimum $80,000

Term of Contract:

This RFP is for a five-yearperiod, beginning 1/1/2023 through 12/31/2027. Applicants must submit a budget proposal for the first 12-month budget period of the grant

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include community health boards (CHBs), non-profit organizations, and Tribal Nations. Applicants must be located in and conduct grant activities in the state of Minnesota. Applicants must have state or federal recognition as a formal organization or entity, such as a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Minnesota Tax ID. Organizations or groups that do not have state or federal recognition must apply with a fiscal agent. Applicants that are debarred or suspended by either the State of MN or the Federal Government are not eligible.

The RFP application is divided into two paths for providing family home visiting (FHV) services, henceforth referred to as Path 1: Sustained FHV or Path 2: New Start-up FHV. Applicants may only submit one application to this RFP. Applicants who submit two applications will be disqualified and their applications will not be reviewed.

Path 1: Sustained Family Home Visiting Applicant Criteria: Community Health Board (CHB), non-profit organization, or Tribal Nation currently receiving Evidence-based Home Visiting (EBHV/Strong Foundations), Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), or Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grant funding award(s) (either directly or through a partnership) from MDH to implement an evidence-based home visiting program.

Path 2: New Start-up Family Home Visiting Applicant Criteria: CHB, non-profit organization, or Tribal Nation not currently receiving an Evidence-based Home Visiting (EBHV/Strong Foundations), Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), or Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grant funding award from MDH to implement an evidence-based home visiting program.

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to:
• Fundraising
• Taxes, except sales tax on goods and services
• Lobbyists, political contributions
• Bad debts, late payment fees, finance charges, or contingency funds
• Direct medical, dental or mental health services and expenses for families
• Further information regarding ineligible expenses is available in FHV Financial Guidance

Pre-proposal Conference:

RFP Information Meeting
There will be a virtual WebEx meeting to go over the basics of the application on:
Wednesday April 27, 2022 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Central Time.

Join the application Webinar (https://minnesota.webex.com/minnesota/j.php?RGID=rd7c5f74050b11c1d32ff730f918bd3f1). This meeting will be recorded, and a link posted on Family Home Visiting: Funding and Grants Management (http://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/fhv/grant.html).

Pre-Application Information:

Submission timeline:
- April 18, 2022 RFP Released
- April 27, 2022, 9-10 am CDT Register for Informational Webinar
- May 11, 2022, 5:00 pm CDT Letter of Intent (Required) Deadline
- May 20, 2022, 5:00 pm CDT Question Submission Deadline
- June 13, 2022, 5:00 pm CDT Application Deadline
- August 15, 2022 Anticipated Notification of Funding Decisions

For additional application documents, see the URL for Full Text link below.

Recorded Informational Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n24ENQW8M_U

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=mdcfh

All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted in writing via email to health.homevisiting@state.mn.us.

Community and Family Health Division
Minnesota Department of Health
Family Home Visiting Section
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882

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