COVID-19 Health Care Response Grant - Minnesota Dept. of Health

COVID–19 Health Care Response Grant

Updated: June 2, 11:00 a.m.

List of awards

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded $97.6 million in emergency health care grants to about 360 provider organizations across the state for preparing for and responding to the COVID–19 pandemic.

The grants were awarded to assisted living facilities, health care clinics, health centers (FHQCs), hospitals, health systems, pharmacies, transportation services (ambulance services), and tribal health.

About half of the funds went to providers for additional staffing costs, with the next largest share of the funds going for supplies, including for personal protection equipment.

Response funds remain available and reviews of applications are still underway. The application process will remain open until all funds have been spent. We encourage people to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Application process

MDH is working to fund as many requests as possible based on current need as well as evolving statewide and regional priorities.

This grant fundng is being dispersed through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Application forms for COVID–19 Health Care Response Grant

More information for assisted living facilities

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The funds can be spent in the following ways:

Expanded or modified operations

  • The establishment and operation of temporary sites to provide testing services, to provide treatment beds, or to isolate or quarantine affected individuals
  • Temporary conversion of space for another purpose that will revert to its original use
  • Development and implementation of screening and testing procedures
  • Additional emergency transportation of patients
  • Development and temporary information technology and systems costs to support patient triage, screening, and telemedicine activities

Staff

  • staff overtime and hiring additional staff
  • staff training and orientation
  • Expenses related to the isolation or quarantine of staff (these expenses must not include payment of wages for the staff being isolated or quarantined)

Supplies

  • purchasing consumable protective or treatment supplies and equipment to protect or treat staff, visitors, and patients
  • purchasing replacement parts or filters for medical equipment that are necessary for the equipment's operation
  • specialty cleaning supplies for facilities and equipment

Other

  • patient outreach activities
  • other expenses that, in the judgment of the commissioner, cannot reasonably be expected to generate income for the recipient of the funds after the outbreak ends

The following entities are eligible.

  • Ambulance services (licensed under MS 144E)
  • Health care clinics
  • Home health care
  • Hospice
  • Pharmacies
  • Health care facilities and long–term care facilities, including but not limited to:
    • Hospitals
    • Nursing facilities
    • Settings at which assisted living services or health care services are or may be provided
  • Health systems

Yes.

The $50 million COVID–19 Response Grant for Short Term Emergency Funding was meant to provide immediate emergency cash flow relief to health care organizations covering their highest priority needs in the first few weeks of the COVID–19 outbreak.

The remaining $150 million Health Care Response Grant is also intended to cover costs related to planning for, preparing for, or responding to the COVID–19 outbreak. Those who applied for COVID–19 Short Term Emergency Funding may ALSO apply for this grant.

SWIFT is the StateWide Integrated Financial Tool. All entities doing business with the State of Minnesota are required to register and obtain a Vendor ID, also called a Supplier ID. Applications for this grant must include a valid Supplier/Vendor ID and Location Code.

To register as a supplier/vendor with the State of Minnesota, please access the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) supplier/vendor portal website at http://mn.gov/supplier. Click on “Register for Account” then choose “Register as a Supplier” and follow the instructions in the fillable form. Please direct any questions you have to the contacts provided on the MMB website.

If you have questions about obtaining a Vendor/Supplier ID number prior to the submission deadline, please contact: 651.201.8100, Option 1.

If you need to look up your Vendor ID number, please call: 651.296.2600

Vendor Location Codes are associated with your Vendor ID number and are set up in the SWIFT Supplier Portal.

More information is available through Minnesota Management and Budget at https://mn.gov/mmb/accounting/swift/vendor-resources/

A system can submit one application on behalf of the facilities in the system, but must make it clear how the funds are intended to be distributed. This description can be noted in the budget narrative section and in the narrative boxes by each item. The applicant should also include a facility by facility explanation in the box at the end of the application where applicants are asked to describe their priorities if full funding isn't available at this time. Organizations that are part of a larger system should ensure that there is a clear plan for submitting applications across the system, to avoid duplicate applications.

Shared campuses that include both assisted living and nursing homes must submit separate applications for the two facility types.

Grant funds may only be used to serve people in Minnesota. If your organization is not based in Minnesota or has some operations outside of Minnesota, you may still qualify, but we need some additional information from you in the application process.

The COVID–19 Health Care Response Grant can cover costs incurred on or after March 18, for eligible activities that began on or after March 18, 2020.

While there is not a deadline for applying, we anticipate many requests and recommend applying as soon as possible. There will likely not be enough funds to meet all requests, but MDH will work to fund as many requests as possible. MDH may choose to award funds in groups or waves, based on evolving priorities and needs as the outbreak expands. Because of the rapidly changing situation, new critical needs may emerge within the next few days or weeks, and we need to maintain flexibility to accept applications for funding in response to those new needs. That said, we do intend to award funds in as timely a manner as possible, and anticipate that the funds will be awarded over the course of the next several weeks.

If you have additional questions about the grant application, please contact:
COVIDgrantapplication.MDH@state.mn.us

 

For more information


Up–to–date COVID–19 guidance for all Minnesotans can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html) website.

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Updated Tuesday, 02-Jun-2020 12:40:47 CDT