RFP for our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is Now Open

Published on April 6, 2020 | Written by

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund



The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound and growing impact in the State of Minnesota. In order to address the numerous needs brought on by the pandemic and the measures enacted to reduce, slow, and eliminate transmission, Youthprise has established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is focused on addressing the immediate needs of youth focused organizations in Minnesota and the youth they serve. As large scale disasters have a disproportionate negative impact on the most vulnerable and marginalized in our society, funding will be prioritized for organizations whose primary mission is serving indigenous, low-income, and racially-diverse youth. Additional priority will be given to organizations whose senior staff or board leaders consists of people of color.

Initial funding to establish this fund comes from Youthprise and the Minnesota Council on Foundation's Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus. However, as funds are limited and not expected to be sufficient to meet requests, Youthprise is committed to actively raising additional funding to replenish the fund to provide multiple rounds of funding awards.



The purpose of funds are to address immediate needs directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic that threaten continued ongoing organizational operations and programming or address the needs of indigenous, low-income, and racially-diverse youth.

Examples of COVID-19 related immediate needs include 1) salary expenses for staff who would otherwise be furloughed or laid off, 2) administrative expenses impacted by the loss or delay in income such as rent, utilities, or insurance, or 3) expenses related to increased support for youth to provide programming or services during the statewide stay at home period.



Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) youth-focused organizations with $2,000,000 budgets or less located in Minnesota, and non 501(c)(3) organizations with fiscal agents.

There are two eligible groups:

  1. Current or former Youthprise grantees based in the Seven County Metro are that received funding between January 1, 2017, and April 3, 2020.
  2. Organizations or tribal communities based in Greater Minnesota, regardless of past funding history.


Funding Information:

Initially $275,000 is available to award. Ongoing fundraising is occurring and we hope to increase this amount to offer multiple rounds of funding. At this time, we can't guarantee there will be funding beyond the initial $275,000.

Grant award amounts will be $10,000 and we expect to award 27 grants with at least a third awarded to Greater Minnesota organizations. Grants will be made on an ongoing basis while funding remains available.



The initial deadline for grant applications is Friday April 10, 2020 at Noon CDT. Subsequent deadlines will be announced on the Youthprise website pending the availability of funds. The first round grant award announcements will be made on April 14, 2020 and published on the Youthprise website.


How to Apply:

Grant applications are accepted online through the Youthprise grants management system. We encourage you to submit your application early to give you ample time to ask questions or address any technical difficulties you may experience. To apply now, please click on the apply button below.

Apply Here



Questions regarding the application will be accepted by email at maurice@youthprise.org.

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