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Office of Justice Programs

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Short-Term Coronavirus Relief Fund Grants

Request for Proposals: For Youth/Young Adult Violence Intervention, Crime Victim Services and Community COVID Response


We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

For the current level of funding, all applicants who are awarded funds have been notified.

We received 134 applications requesting over $19 million. 74 applicants were awarded grants.  Organizations awarded funds were announced Dec. 29.


As stated in the RFP, these funds are to address unforeseen financial needs and risks created by the COVID-19 public health emergency.  These funds are not intended to support regular programming, but to support costs for additional programming, enhancements to regular programming, or new programming to prepare for, prevent, or respond to COVID-19.  If an application does not clearly indicate what new or additional needs would be addressed and funded, it will not be recommended for funding.​

The Minnesota Office of Justice Programs is offering this Request for Proposals to provide funding to address unforeseen financial needs and risks created by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

This RFP will support:
  • Youth/young adult services (such as youth employment, out-of-school time activities, youth focused violence prevention/intervention activities, mental health services, community healing activities)
  • Crime victim services (including addressing homelessness and risk of homelessness issues) 
  • ​Community COVID responses.
Funds can cover necessary expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency from September 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020 only; expenses from before September 1, 2020 are not allowable.

See Request for Proposals ​for more details. 

Short-term Coronavirus Relief funds RFP Questions and Answers 

Important Dates: 

August 25, 2020- RFP Open for Applications
September 14, 2020- First Review Session
(Note: Additional review sessions are contingent on funds available)  
September 21, 2020- Second Review Session
September 28, 2020- Third Review Session
October 5, 2020- Fourth Review Session
October 12, 2020- Fifth Review Session
October 19, 2020- Sixth Review Session
October 26, 2020- Seventh Review Session 
November 2, 2020- Eighth Review Session
November 9, 2020- Ninth Review Session
November 16, 2020- RFP CLOSES
November 23, 2020- Final Review Session

Application Resources: