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

COVID–19 Health Care Response Grant

Updated: February 23, 1:00 p.m.


About the COVID–19 Health Care Response Grant

The $150 million COVID–19 Health Care Response Grant accepted applications from April through August. Close to $140 million has been awarded thus far to assisted living facilities, health care clinics, health centers (FHQCs), hospitals, health systems, pharmacies, transportation services (ambulance services), and tribal health. $10 million of the $150 COVID–19 Health Care Response Grant is being funded through the Federal Coronavirus Relief fund.

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Grant funding tool

Download the COVID–19 Funding Tool (Excel)

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Grant eligible and ineligible expenses

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Grant reporting guidance

  1. COVID–19 Response Funding Financial Report Guidance, Updated August 2020 (PDF)

  2. COVID–19 Response Funding Program Report Guidance, Updated August 2020 (PDF)

  3. Please use this Expense Summary Template, December 2020 (Excel) in submitting expenses and documentation or use a similar summary page when submitting your expenses.

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List of awards

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded the following in health care response grants to provider organizations across the state preparing for and responding to the COVID–19 pandemic:

Grants have been awarded to assisted living facilities, health care clinics, health centers (FHQCs), hospitals, health systems, pharmacies, transportation services (ambulance services), and tribal health.

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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 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)


  • 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


  • 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

View or download the COVID–19 Response Funding Grant: Eligible and ineligible expenses (eligibility specific to assisted living HWS & AHC) Updated November 10, 2020 (PDF)

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


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 was 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 were also able to 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 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

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.

The COVID–19 Health Care Response Grant accepted applications and awarded COVID–19 funding from April through August. The application portal is now closed.

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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) ( website.

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Updated Friday, 05-Aug-2022 15:22:26 CDT