SERVICE Fund

Minnesota foundations are committed to the equitable and broad distribution of public funds to typically under-resourced communities. The Supporting Equitable Recovery via Intermediary Capacity Enhancements (SERVICE) Fund was created by MCF and its members to help provide flexible funding to support intermediaries that are re-granting federal, state, and/or county funds for COVID relief and recovery efforts in Minnesota.

 

Goals of the SERVICE Fund

  • Help set up nonprofit intermediaries to be successful in re-granting unprecedented volumes of public funds to support COVID-19 relief and recovery
  • Support equitable distribution of public funds to promote an equitable recovery
  • Support distribution of public funds to nonprofits, particularly smaller, under-resourced nonprofits and nonprofits that serve BIPOC communities

 

Eligibility

The SERVICE Fund will provide grants to nonprofit intermediaries that are re-granting federal, state, and/or county funds for COVID relief and recovery efforts in Minnesota. Eligible intermediaries must have already been selected as an intermediary to distribute public funds in Minnesota. Eligible intermediaries must be re-granting public funds to other organizations, not solely offering loans. For example, an eligible intermediary would likely already have a contract to serve as an intermediary with a state agency or another Minnesota government entity for COVID-recovery related grant program(s). Given that new programs are being developed during the 2022 legislative session, intermediaries that have been designated as intermediaries in state statute for programs that are signed into law during the 2022 session are also eligible.

Intermediaries that are currently re-granting public funds for COVID relief and recovery efforts or have been selected to do so and haven’t yet started, are eligible to apply. Intermediaries that have concluded their work on these efforts are not eligible to apply.

 

Timing and How to Apply

The application process is currently open and will close on June 10th. Click here to access the online grant application. Click here to download a PDF of the application to preview prior to applying. Applications will only be accepted through the online portal.

Only organizations that have been selected to serve as public intermediaries for COVID relief and recovery purposes by June 10th may apply. Funding decisions will be made before June 30th.
 

Funding Criteria

The following criteria will be considered when reviewing the proposals:

  • Impact of Funding on Intermediary’s Capacity. Requests should aim to support the capacity of the intermediary. Requests that create or enhance capacity that can be utilized by the intermediary into the future will be prioritized.
  • Impact of Funding on Equitable Distribution. Requests should aim to support intermediaries in their efforts to equitably distribute public funds.
  • Intermediary’s Impact on Nonprofits. Special consideration will be given to intermediaries that are distributing public funds to nonprofit organizations, particularly nonprofits that are smaller and under-resourced and nonprofits that serve BIPOC or other historically marginalized communities.

This is a statewide pooled fund. Consideration will be given to the overall distribution of grants from this fund and the geographic reach of the intermediaries receiving grants from this fund.
 

SERVICE Fund Contributors

Thank you to the MCF members who have already contributed over $1.2 million to bring this fund to life!

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
  • Bush Foundation
  • Margaret A. Cargill Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation
  • Morgan Family Foundation
  • Target Foundation
  • The Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation

 

Questions

For questions related to eligibility criteria and funding, please contact Katina Mortensen.
For questions related to the online grant portal, please contact Kristen Cullen.