The Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) was created to support community recovery needs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Grants are intended to support the recovery and resilience of Minnesota’s nonprofit sector. The MDRF envisions a nonprofits sector that is strong, vibrant, equitable and able to deliver in many ways that strengthen communities, including arts and culture, social services, basic needs, advocacy, education, health and wellbeing, and more.
- The MDRF will provide grants to community intermediaries. Community intermediaries will regrant the funds as general operating support to nonprofit organizations and/or provide technical assistance to nonprofit organizations in Minnesota. Eligible community intermediaries will support multiple nonprofit organizations and have a history and proven capacity to serve in this role.
- Community intermediaries may include, but are not limited to, the following: community foundations, Minnesota Initiative Foundations, tribal nations, collaboratives, coalitions, networks, associations, or technical assistance providers.
- Eligible technical assistance providers will deliver services to nonprofits in areas such as financial management, legal assistance, fundraising, language translation, navigating public programs, and nonprofit management.
- The MDRF allocates grants through community intermediaries because they have a deep understanding of the needs in their communities and the relationships to distribute resources quickly and effectively to a wide range of nonprofit organizations.
- Coronavirus Impact: Requests should aim to support nonprofit organizations that are experiencing needs specifically created by coronavirus.
- Equity: Special consideration will be given to requests that focus on nonprofit organizations serving populations that were already experiencing structural inequities and are currently experiencing disproportionate effects of coronavirus. These may include, but are not limited to, low-income people, those who are black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC), undocumented people, rural communities, LGBTQ, seniors, disabled, and those who are uninsured.
- Nonprofit Community Recovery Focus: This fund is focused on supporting the recovery and resilience of Minnesota’s nonprofit sector. The MDRF envisions a nonprofit sector that is strong, vibrant, equitable and able to deliver in many ways that strengthen communities, during the pandemic and into the future. The MDRF is no longer funding efforts to support small businesses or provide direct relief to individuals and families.
- Unmet Needs: Requests that support nonprofit organizations which lack access to other resources will be prioritized.
For more information, visit https://mcf.org/minnesota-disaster-recovery-fund-coronavirus