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Qualified Grantee to Assist People Granted Certain Forms of Humanitarian Protection to Secure Employment

Grant to a Minnesota Service Agency for Employment
Services for Individuals with Humanitarian Protection Status

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Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) - Economic Assistance and Employment Supports Division - Resettlement Programs Office

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06/21/19 4:00 PM CT Receipt


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Grant to a Twin Cities metropolitan area, Minnesota service agency or consortium of agencies to provide employment assistance to recent immigrants who have been granted humanitarian protection status. This includes human trafficking victims, refugees, Haitian and Cuban entrants, individuals seeking asylum, or those with a special immigrant visa. To support the values of partnership and collaboration, consortium proposals are strongly preferred (i.e., one response should be submitted by the agency that will serve as the fiscal agent on behalf of all partners).

This announcement seeks services within the Twin Cities Metro Area, which includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties.

Each Resettlement Network is comprised of four service components:

1. Family Support Services:
- Family Assisters work with families to resolve immediate needs and connect them to a wide array of community resources.
- Family Coaches provide longer-term support and utilize a Check and Connect model to support progress towards multi-step academic and career/vocational goals for students, youth or adults.
2. Immigration Services help people to apply for work authorization and progress on a path to become U.S. Citizens.
3. Employment Placement Services assist people to secure and maintain employment and job upgrades.
4. Community Orientation Workshops provide education about integration topics encountered during the first 5 years in the U.S., such as employment readiness, how to utilize public transit, financial literacy, navigating the public education system, understanding healthcare in the U.S., buying a home, ways to volunteer and get involved in your new community, and other relevant topics identified by community partners.

Funded providers are required to implement the following service elements as a part of service provision:

1. Family Wellbeing Inventory:
- Standardized tool to identify needs and service connections.
- Completed at the first point of contact within the network and updated every 3-6 months.
2. Network Connections
- Upon completion of the Family Wellbeing Inventory, providers make connections to the appropriate network resources for the needs identified.
3. Centralized Service Documentation:
- Agencies use the Minnesota Refugee Information System (MRIS) to complete Family Wellbeing Inventories and to track service outputs and outcomes. Information in MRIS will help identify service needs, support coordinated service delivery, and measure changes in family wellbeing over time.
4. Mobile Services Offered at Network-identified Service Hubs:
- Specialized services (Immigration, Employment, Community Orientation, and Family Coaches) offered at Hub locations or locations most accessible to the participant

For an overview of the scope of work, see the RFP:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185851

Number of Grants:

One provider or consortium of providers will be selected.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Award Amount: $500,000 per year. This may be increased after one year, based on availability of funds and contract performance.

Term of Contract:

The contract term will be two years, from October 1, 2019 until September 30, 2021, subject to the availability of funds.

Contract may be extended for an additional two years, at discretion of State.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified responders may apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Responders’ Conference will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019, at 2:00 PM Central Time at the Roseville Public Library Community Room, 2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville, MN 55113. The conference will serve as an opportunity for Responders to ask specific questions of State staff concerning the project. There will also be time allotted for participants to network with one another after questions have been answered. Attendance at the Responders’ Conference is not mandatory but is recommended. Responders may attend via conference call (contact the State contact for this RFP for more information about attending by conference call).

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. Central Time on Friday, June 21, 2019.

DHS staff will not be available to help with the actual writing of applications or critiques of drafts, but can answer general questions about the process and requirements. Responders’ questions regarding this RFP must be submitted in writing prior to 4:00 p.m. Central Time on Friday, June 7, 2019.

Questions will be addressed in writing and distributed to all identified prospective Responders no later than one week after the question is submitted. Every attempt will be made to provide answers in a timely manner.

Responders are required to fill out the Disclosure of Funding Form and submit it with their response. The form requires Responders to provide their Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number is the nine-digit number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to uniquely identify business entities. If a Responder does not already have a DUNS number, a number may be obtained from the D&B by telephone (currently 866-705-5711) or the Internet (currently at The Responder must have a DUNS number before their response is submitted.

Contact Information:

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

If E-mailing, address to:
Subject line: “EMPLOYMENT GRANT PROPOSAL, Agency Name”

If delivering, address and deliver to:

Attention: Seble Doble,
MN Department of Human Services
444 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-0951

If mailing, address to:

Attention: Seble Doble,
PO Box 64951
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0951

All questions must be addressed to:

Rachele King with the subject line “PROPOSAL QUESTION -EMPLOYMENT”

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: The Twin Cities Metro Area, which includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties