Notice of Availability of Grant Funds to Implement and Expand Family Spirit

Background

Funding is available to Minnesota’s community health boards and tribal governments interested in implementing or expanding a Family Spirit site. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding is available through an Interagency Agreement between the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services for community health boards and tribal governments to provide Family Spirit services to American Indian communities.

Purpose of the Funding

Community health boards and tribal governments have indicated that administrative costs are a significant barrier to implementing and expanding Family Spirit. The intent of the funding is to support evidence-based home visiting with high risk populations.

I. Initial Implementation of Family Spirit

Community health boards and tribal governments interested in the initial implementation of Family Spirit can apply for up to $21,900 per replication site per year. Funds can be used to support the following expenses.

  1. Travel expenses for Family Spirit training including mileage, lodging and meals – $7,000.00
  2. Professional development related to motivational interviewing, car seat safety, breastfeeding, reflective practice or other approved professional development training costs – $3,000.00
  3. Data system costs including annual fee – $6,500.00
  4. Curriculum packages – $5,400.00

II. Expansion of Family Spirit

Community health boards or tribal governments interested in expanding their Family Spirit program or who have experienced staff turnover can apply for up to $15,600 per site per year. Funds can be used to support the following expenses.

  1. Travel expenses for Family Spirit training including mileage, lodging and meals – $4,000.00
  2. Professional development related to motivational interviewing, car seat safety, breastfeeding, reflective practice or other approved professional development training costs – $3,000.00
  3. Data system adaption costs including annual fee – $5,000.00
  4. Curriculum packages – $3,600.00

Application Process

To apply for implementation or expansion funding, submit a Letter of Intent to Access Grant Funds that includes:

  • Name(s) of the agency(ies)
  • Fiscal agent of site
  • Total dollar amount requested
  • Estimated cost breakdown of allowable expenses (see I. A-D, II. A-D above)

Funding will then be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All applications must be received by June 30, 2014.

Application Deadline/Timeline

These funds are available on a state fiscal year (SFY). To access 2014 funding (7/1/2014-6/30/2015), Letters of Intent must be submitted before June 30, 2014. The application process will be reviewed annually. MDH will notify local health departments and tribal governments each SFY of the continued availability of funds. A new Letter of Intent and grant project agreement is required each SFY.

Grant Agreements

MDH will distribute funding to community health boards and tribal governments through grant project agreements with the community health board or grant agreements with the tribal government. If more than one community health board applies jointly for funding, one community health board must be designated to serve as the fiscal agent for the grant. The information provided in the Letter of Intent will be incorporated as grant duties in the respective agreement.

Reimbursement

Reimbursement is available for actual expenses incurred within the categories listed under Purpose of the Funding. Documentation of actual expenditures is required. Documentation can include: receipts for ground and air travel, receipts for baggage fees, receipts for meals, copies of paid invoices for training materials, etc. Travel reimbursement is based on the Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner's Plan (PDF: 206KB/1 page).

For More Information

For all questions regarding applying for this funding, please contact:

Genie Potosky
Health.FHVGrants@state.mn.us
651-201-5025