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Community-Based Navigation Model for Families of Young Children

Grants to Minnesota Agencies, Tribes, Schools, and
CBOs to Benefit Young Children and Their Families

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Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) - Child Safety and Permanency Division

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09/21/20 4:00 PM


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Grants to Minnesota Tribal Nations, American Indian organizations, schools, counties, and community-based organizations for programs that promote healthy outcomes for young children and their families. Funding is intended to support the development of online navigation systems for pregnant women and families with young children using relationship-based and culturally appropriate practices. Priority is given to organizations that serve pregnant and parenting families experiencing homelessness and pregnant and parenting families with infants and toddlers.

The grant supports the state vision of focusing on children experiencing racial, geographic, and economic inequities, in order for all children in Minnesota to be born healthy and able to thrive within their families and communities.

The STATE will collaborate and coordinate with Tribal Nations and urban American Indian organizations, schools, counties, community partners, communities of color, rural and urban communities to accomplish the following goals:

  • Make it easier for families to get what they need. Develop universal access points for families that provide navigation of programs and systems that are culturally appropriate, relationship-based.
  • Increase access to services. Partner with state agencies to test, evaluate and improve Help Me Connect (a web-based service navigation system) so that the program increases access to culturally appropriate services for black, American Indian, communities of color, and families furthest from opportunity.
  • Grow community engagement and support community-developed solutions. Use a community based, whole family approach so families have what they need to thrive. This will look and feel different in every community.

Two tools will be implemented within the grant period with all grantees. The first, Help Me Connect is a web-based navigator tool designed to help providers connect pregnant and parenting families with services available in their communities. Providers will be able to make referrals and receive follow-up information that a family has been connected to services that support their child’s healthy development and family well-being. The second, Bridge to Benefits, is a web-based tool that helps providers and families assess eligibility for public programs. 

Specifically, Hub grantees will need to:

  1. Use web based technology to pilot/test Help Me Connect (HMC) in conjunction with Bridge to Benefits (B2B);
  2. Train Hub staff on HMC and B2B;
  3. Offer Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Consultation to Hub staff;
  4. Participate in a Community of Practice for Hub partners;
  5. Engage families in partnership;
  6. Develop or strengthen regional outreach and engagement; and
  7. Using information from outreach and engagement efforts, develop meaningful communication strategies for Hubs, providers, and families. 

For additional information about the Scope of Work, see:

This grant program includes two tracks: 1) Track 1 for immediate implementation grants and 2) Track 2 for capacity-building grants:

  1. Track 1: Implementation grants that include all tasks and deliverables described here:
  2. Track 2: Capacity Building grants that will allow grantees to focus on project components including participation in Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Consultation; participation in the Community of Practice; develop outreach and engagement with pregnant and parenting families; organizational readiness; and participate in the evaluation during year one. Capacity Building grant recipients will be expected to use year one to plan for all deliverables and begin implementing direct navigation services with families in year two.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191578

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Number of Grants:

This grant program intends to award up to 15 grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The anticipated minimum award is $150,000 annually and the maximum award is $300,000 annually.

Term of Contract:

The timeframe for the contract period is anticipated to be from fall 2020 until December 31, 2022, approximately two years.

The state has funding authority for this grant through December 31, 2021. Renewal of this opportunity before the end of the grant period is anticipated, but not guaranteed, and is dependent on federal funding approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The State will collaborate and coordinate with Tribal Nations and urban American Indian organizations, schools, counties, community partners, communities of color, and rural and urban communities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Responders’ Conference will be held on August 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time at

The conference will serve as an opportunity for Responders to ask specific questions of STATE staff concerning the project. Attendance at the Responders’ Conference is not mandatory but is recommended.

Responders may attend via conference call (contact STATE contact for this RFP for more information about attending by conference call). Oral answers given at the conference will be nonbinding. 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 on September 21, 2020, by 4:00 p.m. Central Time.

To assist applicants with preparing a description of the target population, applicants can request 30 minutes of technical assistance related to availability and access to quantitative data. Please submit an email request for technical assistance to Tracy Roloff or Lucy Arias. Include a brief description of the request for assistance and what existing quantitative data you have accessed, if any.

A letter of intent is encouraged but not required from organizations intending to apply for grant funding. Letters of intent will be used to assist the STATE in determining how many evaluation members will be needed and will not be scored. The letter of intent should be submitted on August 14, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Letters of intent should be sent to Tracy Roloff and Lucy Arias.

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 via email prior to August 14, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. Address questions to Tracy Roloff and Lucy Arias.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to Tracy Roloff at, and to
Lucy Arias at

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