Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus

Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for Coronavirus

Background and Overview

In March 2020, the Minnesota Council on Foundations and Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation convened to discuss the impact of a potential coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the state of Minnesota. The outcome of the discussion led to the inception of the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for coronavirus, created to support community needs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Funds have been primarily raised through philanthropic entities. To date, $11 million has been raised for this fund. 

Current and future grant rounds are intended to support 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 our communities, including arts and culture, social services, basic needs, advocacy, education, health and wellbeing, and more, during the pandemic and into the future.

About the Minnesota Council on Foundations and Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation Partnership

MCF hosts, convenes and facilitates strategic decision-making guided by the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for coronavirus’ Advisory Committee. Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation has partnered with MCF to collect and hold fund contributions in the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for coronavirus—until the time of distribution. 

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation is the largest community foundation in Minnesota. Established in 1940, the Foundation now stewards $1.6 billion in charitable assets to benefit communities across the state. Each year, the Foundation and its donors make over 8,500 grants to agents and agencies of change in the nonprofit sector. 

Eligibility

The MDRF will provide grants to community intermediaries. Community intermediaries will re-grant 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. Note: Only community intermediaries that support nonprofits will be considered -- applications that propose re-granting dollars to individuals or small businesses will be deemed ineligible.

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.

MDRF Advisory Committee

The MDRF Advisory Committee will provide recommendations to fund community intermediaries, while Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation holds the final granting authority decision. 

Advisory Committee Representatives

  • Blandin Foundation
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
  • Bush Foundation
  • Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
  • F.R. Bigelow Foundation
  • Headwaters Foundation for Justice
  • Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
  • Medtronic Foundation
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Minnesota Council on Foundations (Facilitators)
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • Office of Governor Tim Walz
  • Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation (Facilitators)           
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Willmar Area Community Foundation/CommunityGiving
  • Youthprise

Quick Facts About the Fund

  • 100% of fund contributions will be distributed to community intermediaries for disaster recovery efforts in the state of Minnesota
  • Any remaining MDRF funds will be dedicated to recovery efforts for future disasters in Minnesota, after coronavirus needs are met
  • No fees will be taken by the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation or the Minnesota Council on Foundations for this work
  • Funds will go directly to community intermediaries, such as community foundations, Minnesota Initiative Foundations, tribal nations, collaboratives, coalitions, networks, associations, or technical assistance providers, as directed by the MDRF Advisory Committee and determined by Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation.

Understand How the Fund Works


 

Application Process

Proposals will be considered approximately monthly. The next deadline for proposal consideration is May 22nd at 5:00 p.m. Proposals submitted before that time will be considered on June 2nd and notified by June 5th. The application portal will re-open for proposals again on June 5th. Applications submitted by July 10th at noon will be considered for funding on July 21st and notified by July 24th.

The online application portal is now available. You can preview it by downloading this PDF.

Questions about the application process can be emailed to coronavirusfund@mcf.org

Learn More

Philanthropic entities interested in contributing to the MDRF for coronavirus

Contact Susie Brown, MCF President at 612.335.3557. 

Individuals can contribute directly to the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund here
 

MDRF Advisory Committee Questions

Contact Katina Mortensen, Director of Public Policy at 612.335.3597. 
 

MDRF Media or Press-Related Questions

Contact Erin Jordan, Manager of Marketing and Communications at 612.465.0716.
 

Funder Resources 

Visit MCF's Coronavirus Resources page for more tools available for grantmakers
 

Funders of the MDRF

Our thanks to these funders:

  • Aroha Philanthropies
  • Associated Bank
  • Bentson Foundation
  • Best Buy
  • Better Way Foundation
  • Blandin Foundation
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
  • Boston Scientific Foundation
  • Bush Foundation
  • Cargill Foundation
  • Carlson Family Foundation
  • Charlson Foundation
  • Catholic Community Foundation
  • Edward & Markell C Brooks Fund from The Minneapolis Foundation
  • F. R. Bigelow Foundation
  • George Family Foundation
  • GHR Foundation
  • Hardenbergh Foundation
  • Hawkins, Inc.
  • Hugh J. Andersen Foundation
  • Isora Foundation
  • John Larsen Foundation
  • Land O'Lakes Foundation
  • Lulu Foundation
  • Mardag Foundation
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Medtronic Foundation
  • Minnesota Bank and Trust
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Northwest Area Foundation
  • Pohlad Family Foundation
  • Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
  • Schulze Family Foundation
  • Securian Foundation
  • Stiles Foundation
  • Sundance Family Foundation
  • Target Foundation
  • TCF Bank Foundation
  • The Margaret A. Cargill Fund at the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
  • The Otto Bremer Trust
  • The Van Lengerich Family Foundation
  • Thielen Foundation
  • Thrivent Foundation
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Western Bank
  • Winnebago Industries Foundation
  • Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
  • Woodbury Community Foundation

Round 1 Grants

Eleven community intermediaries were granted $2 million from the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for coronavirus. Below is the list of grantees and amounts granted for March 27, 2020:

Coalition of Asian American Leaders ($200,000)
Populations served: Asian Minnesotan nonprofits (statewide)

CommunityGiving ($150,000)
Populations served: Nonprofits serving vulnerable populations (Central MN)

Heading Home MN Funders Collaborative ($350,000)
Populations served: Nonprofit homeless service providers (statewide)

Initiative Foundation ($50,000)
Populations served: Nonprofits providing basic needs for vulnerable populations (Central MN)

Northland Foundation ($600,000)*
Populations served: Childcare providers offering services to essential workers (Greater MN)

*Minnesota Initiative Foundations application submitted on behalf of the Northland Foundation, West Central Initiative, Initiative Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, and Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Northwest Minnesota Foundation ($50,000)
Populations served: Nonprofits and small businesses with short-term needs (Northwest MN)

PFund ($100,000)
Populations served: LGBTQIA individuals and families, nonprofits and small businesses (statewide)

Southwest Initiative Foundation ($50,000)
Populations served: Nonprofits providing basic needs for vulnerable populations (Southwest MN)

Springboard for the Arts ($50,000)
Populations served: Artists, with specific focus on black, indigenous and people of color; LGBTQIA; and disability community (statewide)

Think Small ($200,000)
Populations served: Licensed family childcare providers (Twin Cities)

Youthprise ($200,000)
Populations served: Nonprofits supporting youth nutrition and distance learning, with specific focus on black and indigenous people of color (statewide)

Round 2 Grants

Fourteen community intermediaries were granted $2.1 million in this round. Below is the list of grantees for April 3, 2020:

CAPI USA ($150,000)
Populations served: Support for immigrant-led nonprofits and individuals with disabilities. Provides technical assistance and support for those with limited English proficiency (Statewide)

CLUES ($400,000)
Populations served: Support for Latino families and organizations who need financial support for basic needs (Statewide)

Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation ($50,000)
Populations served: Nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable populations in emergency and basic needs (Northeast Minnesota)

Headwaters Foundation for Justice ($50,000)
Populations served: Small nonprofits with a specific focus on assisting black and indigenous people of color, LGBTQ and low-income individuals (Statewide)

Hunger Solutions Minnesota ($250,000)
Populations served: Support for nonprofit food shelves and hunger relief (Statewide)

Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) ($200,000)
Populations served: Grants for Latinx and undocumented small business owners (Statewide)

Lower Sioux Indian Community ($200,000)
Populations served: Direct financial relief for tribal members (Redwood County)

Northland Foundation ($50,000)
Populations served: Support for small businesses considered critical to the community (Northeast Minnesota)

Northside Funders Group ($150,000)
Populations served: Grants for BIPOC-led small businesses in North Minneapolis (Minneapolis)

Propel Nonprofits and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Minnesota Chapter ($200,000)
Populations served: Support for mosques/centers to serve as a community spaces and service centers (Statewide)

Rochester Area Foundation ($50,000)
Populations served: Nonprofits impacted by coronavirus (Rochester/Olmsted County)

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation ($50,000)
Populations served: Support for nonprofits that focus on essential needs (Southern Minnesota)

The Arc Minnesota, Inc. ($50,000)
Populations served: Support for individuals and families with children with disabilities (Statewide)

Violence Free Minnesota (and partners) ($250,000)
Populations served: Financial assistance for victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence (Statewide)

Round 3 Grants

Twenty-two place-based community foundations were awarded a total of $820,000 to support their local communities on April 21, 2020:

  • Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region
  • CommunityGiving
  • Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
  • Eagan Foundation
  • Eden Prairie Community Foundation
  • Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation
  • Golden Valley Community Foundation
  • Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation
  • Initiative Foundation
  • Luverne Area Community Foundation
  • Mankato Area Foundation
  • Northfield Shares
  • Northland Foundation
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • Richfield Community Foundation
  • Rochester Area Foundation
  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • St. Croix Valley Community Foundation
  • West Central Initiative
  • Winona Community Foundation
  • Woodbury Community Foundation

In addition, $1.2 million was awarded to the following intermediaries:

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa ($50,000)
Populations served: Tribal members and their families (North East Metro)

Headwaters Foundation for Justice ($50,000)
Populations served: Small nonprofits with a specific focus on assisting black and indigenous people of color, LGBTQ and low-income individuals (Statewide)

Hmong American Partnership ($100,000)
Populations served: Support for communities of color and immigrant-owned small businesses (Twin Cities)

International Institute of Minnesota ($50,000)
Populations served: Financial assistance and case management for individuals and families (Twin Cities)

Minneapolis Jewish Federation ($50,000)
Populations served: Support for Jewish individuals and families and nonprofit organizations in crisis (Twin Cities)

Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging ($100,000)
Populations served: Nonprofits and small businesses serving older adults and individuals with disabilities (South West MN)

MN Immigrant Family Fund/Navigate ($250,000)
Populations served: Individuals and families (Statewide)

Nexus Community Partners ($100,000)
Populations served: Black and Indigenous People of Color who own cooperatives and small businesses
(Twin Cities)

Northside Achievement Zone ($50,000)
Populations served: Financial and basic needs support for individuals and families (North Minneapolis)

OutFront ($50,000)
Populations served: Support for individuals and families (Twin Cities)

St. Paul Jewish Federation ($50,000)
Populations served: Support for Jewish agencies and programs (St. Paul Metro)

The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota ($100,000)
Populations served: Individuals and families (focus on undocumented) through parishes and Catholic schools (St. Paul Metro)

Tiwahe Foundation ($100,000)
Populations served: American Indian individuals (Twin Cities)

Tubman ($30,000)
Populations served: Direct financial relief for individuals and families (Twin Cities)

White Earth Reservation Housing Authority ($100,000)
Populations served: Support for tribal members and their families (North West MN)