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Mental Health Safety Net Grant Program

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofit and Community Mental Health
Providers to Treat Low-Income, Uninsured Children and Youth

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Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC)

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Deadline Date:

11/25/20 12:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit and community mental health providers that offer reduced-cost or free services to low-income, uninsured children and youth under age 21. A Step 1 application is required prior to submission of the Step 2 proposal. Funding is intended to assist mental health centers and clinics with projects that improve access to underserved patients. Eligible expenses include supplies, salaries, travel, equipment, capital improvements, and contracted services.

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GrantWatch ID#: 148422

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Funds will be awarded each year proportionally among all eligible programs, based on the total number of uninsured patients under the age of 21 served.

Term of Contract:

Estimated grant agreement start date: January 2, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are provider organizations that are either:
- Community Mental Health Centers or Clinics, designated under Minnesota Statute section 254.62; or,
- Nonprofit Community Mental Health Clinics designated as an Essential Community Provider under Minnesota Statute section 62Q.19.

Also, eligible providers must offer free or reduced-cost mental health care to low-income patients under the age of 21 with family incomes below 275 percent of federal poverty guidelines who do not have insurance coverage for mental health services.

Collaboration between agencies is encouraged but not required.

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to:
- Fundraising
- Taxes, except sales tax on goods and services
- Lobbyists, political contributions
- Indirect fees
- Bad debts, late payment fees, finance charges, or contingency funds

Pre-Application Information:

- October 19, 2020 (Step 1) by 12:00 PM
- November 9, 2020: MDH will send Grant Distribution Announcements to all eligible applicants.
- November 25, 2020 (Step 2) by 12:00 PM

All applications for Step 1 of the application must be received by MDH no later than 12:00 p.m. Central Time, on October 19, 2020. All applications must be sent electronically to Randi Callahan and must include all required documents as attachments and named accordingly.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to Randi Callahan, Grant Manager, at

Minnesota Department of Health, ORHPC
85 East 7th Place, Suite 220
St. Paul, MN 55101

Direct questions to Randi Callahan at (651) 201-3860 or at the email address indicated above.

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