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Medica Foundation Grant - Early Childhood Health

Grants to North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Nonprofits and Agencies to Benefit Children and Families

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Medica Foundation

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Deadline Date:

08/27/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin nonprofit organizations and public agencies for programs that benefit children and families in eligible locations. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support organizations located in and serving families in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the following counties in western Wisconsin: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Polk, Sawyer, St. Croix, and Washburn.

The Foundation seeks proposals for new or expanding early intervention programs that focus on developing healthy families to foster optimal growth and development of young children. Programs should embrace the needs of the whole-child/whole-family and may incorporate the health and wellbeing components of the two-generation approach that is central to supporting children and parents simultaneously.

Eligible programs include those that:

  • Improve access to prenatal and postpartum care
  • Address preventive health and dental care
  • Enhance parenting skills
  • Support developmental, social, and emotional health
  • Address the needs of children experiencing homelessness, trauma, or toxic stress

Programming focuses on children birth through age twelve and may involve parents, caregivers, health care providers, schools, shelters, early childhood programs, and the overall community. Organizations exhibiting trauma-sensitive practices and using a strengths-based approach to care are preferred.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180522

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grants may be awarded up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

One-year program. The grant period begins and funding is released: November 2021 - January 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To request a grant, your organization must be a 501(c)(3) charitable organization or a public/governmental agency located in and providing services in the Medica Foundation service area. A public agency is an organization established and primarily funded by a unit of government. Examples could include a public school, public health department, or state governmental agency.

Note: Non-health related education and lifestyle programs, including physical activity and nutrition, are ineligible.

If your organization received a Behavioral Health or Early Childhood Health grant last year or if your organization has a current strategic grant, your organization is not eligible to apply for any of these programs this year.

For a list of areas that are ineligible for funding, see

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for Early Childhood Health initial applications is April 30, 2021. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on the day of the deadline. Technical assistance will only be available until noon on the deadline date.

The Medica Foundation has a two-step, online application process. The process starts by submitting an Initial Application along with any required forms. Initial applications are not letters of intent or concept papers and are fairly detailed. Applications are only accepted during specific times each year.

- Initial applications accepted: February 1 – April 30, 2021
- Invitations Extended to Finalist Applicants: Late July
- Full Proposals Due: August 27, 2021
- Grant Award Announcement: Mid October 2021

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

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Direct questions to Gina DiMaggio at

P.O. Box 9310
Mail Route CW104
Minneapolis, MN 55440-9310

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota;   North Dakota;   South Dakota;   Wisconsin: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Polk, Sawyer, St. Croix, and Washburn Counties

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