2018 EHDI Request for Proposals - Minnesota Dept. of Health

2018 Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative Request for Proposals

Images of facesThe Minnesota Department of Health Center for Health Equity released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) on September 6, 2018. The EHDI grant program was established to provide direct investments in organizations focused on improving the health and well-being of American Indians and people of color.

The following RFP includes more information on funding details and application requirements:

2018 EHDI Grants Request for Proposals (PDF)

Funding Decisions

Final funding decisions were made based on community recommendations in April 2019 and applicants were immediately notified. A list of those selected for funding and a message from Director Bruce Thao regarding the funding decisions can be found on the Announcements page.

The following memo summarizes data about the applications received by MDH and the community review process:

EHDI Grant Review Process Summary: Memo to Applicants and Partners


RFP published: September 6, 2018
Notice of Intent due: October 5, 2018 (strongly encouraged, but not required)
Applications due: December 10, 2018
Anticipated notice of award: April 1, 2019
Grant period begins: July 1, 2019


The question and answer period closed on November 28, 2018. To ensure all applicants had access to the same information, questions submitted after November 28 were not be answered nor posted to the website.

Please refer to the RFP Questions and Answers page for a complete list of answers to questions that were submitted.

Notice of Intent Form

Applicants were strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding notice of intent by October 5, 2018 using an online form. The notices of intent to apply help us prepare for the number and types of applications we will receive so that we can plan ahead for the review process. The Center for Health Equity received 164 Notice of Intent forms by October 5, 2018.

List of Notice of Intent Forms Received (PDF)

Application Forms

  1. Application Form (PDF)
  2. Work Plan Template (Word)
  3. Budget Template (Excel)
  4. Due Diligence Review Form (Word)
    *Please note that the attachments indicated in the Due Diligence Review Form were considered acceptable. No other attachments to an application were permitted.

Example Work Plan (PDF)

Information Sessions

Prospective applicants were encouraged to participate in at least one information session or watch a recorded video of the webinar. Questions and answers from the in-person information sessions were posted on our website after each session. Please note that staff were not able to help with the actual writing of applications or critiques of drafts, but answered general questions about the process and requirements.

Date Time Location
Thursday, Sept. 13 10-11 am Watch Recorded Webinar (YouTube)
View Webinar Slides (PDF)
Friday, Sept. 14 2-3:30 pm Government Services Center, 320 W. 2nd St., Duluth, MN 55802
Tuesday, Oct. 2 6-8 pm Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy N., St. Paul, MN 55104
Wednesday, Oct. 24 1-3 pm UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411
Thursday, Oct. 25 6-7:30 pm Bemidji Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601

Skill-Building Sessions

Date and Time Topic Location
Wednesday, Oct. 17,
6-8 pm
Building a Case for Your Project Neighborhood House, 179 Robie St. E., St. Paul, MN 55107
Tuesday, Oct. 30,
2-4 pm
Moving Your Project Upstream (to Levels of Change 2 & 3) UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411

Building a Case for Your Project Slides and Handouts

Building a Case for Your Project Slides (PPTX)
Building a Case for Your Project Worksheet (PDF)
Model/Practice Checklist (PDF)
Matrix of Models/Practices (PDF)

Moving Your Project Upstream Slides and Handouts

Moving Your Project Upstream Slides (PDF)
EHDI Levels of Change Handout (PDF)
Intervention Planning Matrix (PDF) from the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute
Why Worksheet (Word)

Community Review Process

The Center for Health Equity recruited more than 130 volunteers from throughout the state to take part in the community review process. Teams of reviewers met in late February 2019 to discuss each application and offer final scores and recommendations for funding to MDH.

Contact Us

If you have questions, please send an email to health.equity@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5813.

Other Resources

Recorded Webinar Information Session

View Webinar Slides (PDF)
Updated Friday, 28-Jun-2019 11:39:03 CDT