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Qualified Grantee to Provide Community Orientation Workshops to People Granted Certain Forms of Humanitarian Protection

Grant to a Minnesota Agency or Consortium to Provide Workshops in the
Twin Cities Metro Area 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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Deadline Date:

06/21/19 4:00 PM CT


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Grant to a Minnesota agency or consortium to provide workshops for individuals who have been granted humanitarian protection status and are currently residing in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Funding is intended to provide orientation services to individuals during their first five years in the United States. Examples of types of humanitarian protection status include refugee, asylum, victim of trafficking, Cuban/Haitian entrants, and special immigrant visa. Consortium proposals are strongly preferred.

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.

This funding announcement seeks Responders to provide Community Orientation Workshops to persons with an eligible status as part of the Metro Resettlement Network. Individuals may be referred to workshops by any funded provider within the Metro Resettlement Network or may access services directly. The Family Wellbeing Inventory assesses household needs associated with financial, civic and social, educational, and physical & emotional wellbeing. Learning topics within these wellbeing domains are identified through the inventory. Community Orientation workshops will provide important information for participants as they deepen knowledge about life in Minnesota, the systems they will interact with and the resources available to them.

To ensure high quality workshops, a successful Responder must demonstrate the following:

- Knowledge of established curriculum resources geared toward eligible populations.
- Knowledge of effective teaching approaches and learning principles for English language learners, adult learners, low literacy and oral culture learners and learners going through resettlement and cultural adjustment processes.
- Ability to adapt and implement curriculum to fit a variety of audiences, including differing languages, cultures, and literacy levels.
- Ability to develop “stackable” workshop curriculum to support deeper knowledge-building and community integration over time including: first steps for newer arrivals; next steps for participants ready to build on basic knowledge or deepen understanding; targeted learning for particular needs, such as parents of young children, seniors, women, etc.
- Ability to coordinate within Metro Resettlement Network on content and key messages to be incorporated into curriculum.
- Ability to coordinate with relevant community partners and experts to ensure correct content and meaningful connections between participants and community partners/resources.

For a list of the eleven workshop categories, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 185852

Number of Grants:

One grantee will be selected.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Award Amount: $200,000 per year.

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:

The State will fund one provider or consortium of providers. The funded partners will operate as a collaborative network, with one agency assuming role as fiscal agent.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Responders’ Conference will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 10:30 AM 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). Oral answers given at the conference will be non-binding. Written responses to questions asked at the conference will be sent to all identified prospective Responders after the conference.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. Central Time on 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.

Contact Information:

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

If emailing the proposal (preferred), email to: with the subject line: “ORIENTATION WORKSHOPS Grant Proposal, RESPONDER NAME.”

If delivering, address and deliver to:

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 at: with the subject line “PROPOSAL QUESTION – ORIENTATION WORKSHOPS”.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Twin Cities Metro Area

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