African American Family Leadership and Engagement Grant - Minnesota Department of Health

Request for Proposals: African American Family Leadership and Engagement Grant

The Minnesota Department of Health is expanding its efforts to authentically engage with families in our Minnesota Integrated Care for Early Childhood Initiative (MN-ICECI). MDH is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to develop and implement an African American Family Leadership and Engagement Program aimed at elevating authentic family and parent leadership within the MN-ICECI and across the early childhood system in the state. The program will focus on:

  • Facilitating leadership development opportunities for African American families.
  • Developing and implementing approaches for incorporating family voice into the MN-ICECI and other early childhood initiatives in the state.


A total of $263,000 is available to fund one awarded application for the grant period of April 1, 2022, through July 31, 2026. The grant funding will be prorated based on the following schedule:

  • April 1, 2022 – July 31, 2022: $46,200
  • August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023: $54,200
  • August 1, 2023 – July 31, 2024: $54,200
  • August 1, 2024 – July 31, 2025: $54,200
  • August 1, 2025 – July 31, 2026: $54,200

Eligible Applicants

Community-based not-for-profit or for-profit organizations who serve African American families. Preference is given to organizations who are owned or led by African American persons.

Submission Information

Information and instructions for submission are included in the Request for Proposals (RFP) document below:

Request for Proposals for African American Family Leadership and Engagement Program (Word)

All applications must be received by MDH no later than 4:30 pm CST on February 15, 2022.

Applications must be submitted via email to: Sarah Dunne, MN-ICECI Project Director at

Questions and Answers

Questions on this RFP can be submitted by email to Sarah Dunne at Responses to questions will be posted in a Questions and Answers document below. All questions must be received no later than Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

Updated Tuesday, 15-Feb-2022 10:07:26 CST