Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities COVID-19 Related Update

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Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities COVID-19-Related Update

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Minnesota Department of Health

Jan. 6, 2021

Re-opening of COVID-19 Community Engagement Request for Services for American Indian and LGBTQ Focused Applicants Only

Due to the low number of applications received that focus intentionally and primarily on American Indian and LGBTQ communities, the Minnesota Department of Health is reopening the Community Engagement Request for Services (RFS).

Please note that MDH will only accept proposals that have an intentional focus on reaching and engaging LGBTQ and American Indian communities.

Additional details about the RFS can be found below:

Community-based Organizations and Tribes for COVID-19 Outreach and Engagement

This Request for Services will ask vendors to propose a plan for culturally relevant, linguistically appropriate and timely community engagement activities to aid the state in learning about community needs related to COVID-19, connecting communities to existing resources and services, and developing or adapting resources and materials as needed. Activities may include outreach and engagement related to vaccination, testing, case investigation and contact tracing, and mental health and well-being, among other areas.

**We are re-opening this application process in order to receive more applications from LGBTQ and American Indian organizations and/or Tribes. Those who previously submitted an application will still be considered and do not need to take further action.**

  • Funding: This Request for Services is contingent on funding availability. If funding is allocated, MDH plans to make $1.5 million available for multiple contracts.
  • Target Audience of Request for Services: Community-based nonprofit organizations, other community-led organizations, and Tribes; priority will be given to entities that are led/operated/owned by American Indians, and/or LGBTQ people.

MDH will make final selections of contractors based on a competitive review of proposals, while also ensuring that the final cohort of selected contractors covers a range of racial, ethnic, cultural, disability, and LGBTQ communities and geographic areas in Minnesota.

The proposal submission deadline for this re-opening of the funding opportunity will be Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Contracts are expected to start in Feb.

Current contractors of MDH will be eligible to apply. Please note that organizations funded by MDH or DEED through the COVID Community Coordinators initiative for 2021 are not eligible to respond to this Request for Services.

Please visit the Community Engagement Request for Services webpage for more details on how to apply.


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COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, where you come from, your immigration status, or anything else. 

If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of discrimination or bias call Minnesota's Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or submit this online form. The helpline is staffed by investigators from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Translation/interpretation services are available.

If you are the victim of a crime, including a hate crime, or fear for your safety, call 911 immediately.

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