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Community Clinic Grant Program

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofit and Governmental Health
Clinics Serving Low-Income and Rural Communities

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

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Deadline Date:

02/27/19 3:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $45,000 to Minnesota nonprofit, governmental, and tribal health clinics serving rural and low-income communities for capacity building activities. Pre-applications must be submitted prior to the application. Funding will support the capacity of qualifying organizations to establish, plan, and operate clinical services for low-income populations.

The goal of the Community Clinic Grant program is to increase access to clinical services for underserved populations. Per state statue, this grant will serve populations experiencing health care access due to low incomes or living in rural areas. Underserved populations may also include, but would not be limited to, subpopulations experiencing known health inequities due to characteristics such as age, race/ethnicity, gender, income, geography, education, sexual orientation, disability, military service and veteran status.

Eligible projects under this program may include:
-Providing specific clinical services to the target population(s).
-Building or renovating clinic space.
-Establishing, updating or improving information, data collection or billing systems, including electronic health records systems.
-Procuring, modernizing or replacing equipment used in the delivery of direct patient care at a clinic.
-Providing improvements for care delivery, such as increased translation and interpretation services.
-Improving the applicant’s ability to provide clinical care to the vulnerable populations they serve.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175722

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) expects to award approximately 10-13 grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Based on the limited funding, the maximum award amount per applicant will be $45,000. Consortium applicants may apply for $45,000 per consortium member.

Term of Contract:

Funding is provided for one year: May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020. It is expected that applicants will be able to complete the proposed project during the grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities include:

- Nonprofit clinics established to provide preventative, medical, dental or mental health services to low–income or rural population groups;
- A government entity operating a clinic which provides preventative, medical, dental or mental health services;
- An Indian Health Services unit or Indian tribal government operating a clinic which provides preventative, medical, dental or mental health services; or,
- A consortium of these entities.

Applicant organizations must also have a policy to ensure no person will be denied services due to inability to pay (e.g. sliding-fee scale).

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

Pre-Application Information:

Due to the limited funding available for this program, the application process includes a pre-application and a final application. The results of the pre-application review will determine which applicants will be invited to submit a final grant application.

- Pre-application Deadline: 3:00 PM, November 15, 2018
- Final Application Deadline: 3:00 PM, February 27, 2019

All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted by email or phone to Deb Jahnke. If MDH determines that questions and answers should be published, all answers will be posted within five business at the Community Clinic Grant Program website. Please submit questions no later than 12:00 p.m. Central Time, on November 8, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Pre-Applications must be submitted in person or by mail to:

Postal address:
Debra Jahnke
Minnesota Department of Health
Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882

Minnesota Department of Health
Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
85 E 7th Place, Suite 220
St. Paul, MN 55101

Debra Jahnke

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USA: Minnesota