2012 Request for Proposals
Grants to Community Health Boards
and Tribal Governments
In the fall of 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is solicited applications for grant funding to reduce tobacco use and exposure and prevent obesity in Minnesota, through implementation of specific policy, systems and environmental interventions in four settings: schools, community, worksites and health care.
Application period begins
October 5, 2011
The purpose of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is to convene local community partners to coordinate and implement evidence-based strategies targeted at reducing the percentage of Minnesotans who are obese or overweight and reducing the use of and exposure to tobacco. These health improvement strategies contribute to prevention of the leading causes of chronic disease and containment of health care costs.
Eligible applicants are limited to Minnesota community health boards (CHB) and tribal governments. CHB applicants are eligible for obesity reduction and tobacco funding. Tribal government applicants are eligible for obesity reduction funding only because tobacco prevention and control is funded through the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) American Indian Tobacco Grant Initiative.
The following types of applications will be accepted:
- Single CHB or tribal government. (Note: Multi-county CHBs must submit a single unified work plan.)
- Multiple CHBs or multiple tribal governments working together under a single unified work plan.
- CHB(s) and tribal government(s) working together under a single unified work plan.
There are no financial incentives offered for collaboration during this funding cycle. A multi-grantee initiative, in which multiple grantees work on a single strategy, will not be offered during this funding cycle.
Grant funding will be awarded on a competitive basis for the time period January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 (18 months).
The 2011 Legislature appropriated $15,000,000 for SHIP for the biennium ending June 30, 2013. Funds were appropriated from the Health Care Access Fund and are available until expended. This appropriation is subject to change by future legislative action.
SHIP grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Funded grantees will receive a base amount of $75,000 for the project period. Funding above the base amount will be based on a suggested $4-8 per capita for populations targeted in the application.
MDH anticipates awarding up to 15 grants but reserves the right to change this number based on the quality and number of applications received.
Submit your questions on the Request for Proposals (RFP) by e-mail to
health.SHIP@state.mn.us. Official answers will come from the same e-mail address; individual MDH staff persons are not authorized to respond. MDH will respond to the person who sent the question and will post it on the SHIP website at www.health.state.mn.us/healthreform/ship as a resource for all interested parties.
A conference call to answer applicant questions is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Please register for the call by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, October 11. To register, e-mail health.health.SHIP@state.mn.us; include “Conference Call Registration” in the subject line. MDH will send instructions about the call to registered participants.
Please send questions in advance using the following guidance:
- Email questions to health.SHIP@state.mn.us; use “Conference Call Questions” in the subject line.
- Send them by 4:30 pm on Monday, October 10
- Additional questions will be addressed if time allows
For MDH to anticipate the number of applicants, every applicant is asked to submit a Notice of Intent (see Appendix G for form) by Wednesday, October 19, 2011. Send it one of three ways:
- Email: health.SHIP@state.mn.us; include “Notice of Intent Form” in the subject line.
- Fax: 651-201-5800, Attn: SHIP Notice of Intent
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
To be considered for funding, send MDH one unbound signed original and six unbound copies of the application by 4:30 pm on Friday, November 4, 2011 or have a legible postmark from the United States Postal Service or a legible pick-up or drop-off time from a private carrier with a date and time that precedes 4:30 pm, November 4, 2011. Applications received after the deadline or with a postmark or date stamp after 4:30pm on November 4, 2011 will not be accepted. Applications sent by fax will not be accepted.
Please send an electronic copy of your application as well. Please note that the electronic version is not your official application – the paper copy is. Send it as a flash drive or CD-ROM along with the paper submission.
Send applications to:
- To download PDF documents, open the link, chose “save,” “save as,” or click on the diskette icon on the toolbar, and save the file to your desktop, hard drive or network directory.
- The PDF documents are formatted for printing to a duplex (two-sided) printer. Printing on a one-sided printer will produce some extraneous pages.
- Rich Text Format (RTF) documents can be imported into any word processing software and then edited.
To request a paper copy of the RFP or electronic copies of the application documents, contact Diane Lauren at 651-201-5445 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Technical note: This is a large file. It will take a few minutes to download.
Section 4 – Required Application Documents and Instructions
The instructions for all documents are in Appendix G of the RFP.
1. Notice of Intent Form (to be submitted prior to applications)(RTF:78KB/1 page)
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