The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is accepting proposals for the Early Care and Education Wrap Around Grant Program.
The Early Care and Education Wrap Around Grant program will help fund early care and education wrap-around services for children birth to age eight from underserved populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Allowable uses include (all in the early care range of birth to age eight):
Mental health services and supports;
Social, emotional, and physical health;
Supplemental after-school programs;
Online/distance learning programs;
Training and development to more effectively operate during the pandemic and address the needs of young children birth to age eight;
Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services in early care and education prioritizing the needs of historically underserved groups.
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation anticipates awarding approximately $200,000 in grants with individual requests up to $10,000.
This funding pool will support projects that can be completed in a one-year implementation period of December 15, 2020, to December 15, 2021.
Only one application per organization will be considered;
Proposals must be submitted by an independent 501(c)(3) organization, a unit/agency of government, or a public institution. Schools that provide wrap-around early care and education services and supports and/or are serving as a fiscal agent for these services are eligible;
Projects must be focused on supporting underserved populations;
Applicants must be located in SMIF’s 20-county region and demonstrate benefit to the region;
Projects must be completed within one year of the grant award date.
Ineligible organizations or activities include:
Individuals, businesses, or other for-profit organizations;
Nonprofit organizations other than IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organizations;
General operating expenses;
Capital funding, campaigns or endowments;
Funds for re-granting or loan pools.
SMIF awards grants on a competitive basis;
A final report is due within 60 days following the grant period;
SMIF will make public announcements highlighting the projects.
SMIF Project Budget Worksheet;
IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter (if a nonprofit organization).
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