May 19th | COVID-19 Update

  • Next phase of COVID-19 response begins May 18. The next phase of the state’s COVID-19 response: Stay Safe MN begins Monday, May 18. The new orders encourage Minnesotans to stay close to home but allows for gatherings of 10 people or less with physical distancing, masks, hand-washing and other safety measures in place. Retail stores and other main street businesses are allowed to open if they have a physical distancing plan and operate at 50 percent occupancy. Similar guidance is being developed by the Governor’s Office on how to safely re-open bars, restaurants, barbershops, and salons beginning June 1. This will coincide with a significant increase in testing, tracing, and isolating the virus in the state. Learn more about the Stay Safe MN order. 
  • Discounted computer equipment. Century Link is partnering with PCs for People to provide 500 people with $20 desktop computers (including 17-inch monitor, keyboard, mouse, power cords, Windows 10, LibreOffice, antivirus software, 1-year hardware warranty, and free shipping). Interested eligible people can go to https://pcsforpeople.com/centurylink/ to fill out the inquiry form. Supplies are limited and submitting an inquiry form does not guarantee that you will receive a computer.
  • University of Minnesota Extension family resiliency webinars. The University of Minnesota Extension Family Resiliency Educators are offering online Zoom webinars on a variety of topics including “Adjusting to Suddenly Reduced Income” (Tuesday, May 26, 10-11am), “Mental Wellbeing, Resilience, and Self-Care” (Tuesday, June 2, 11am – noon), and “Avoiding COVID-19 Scams” (Tuesday, June 9, 10-11am or 7-8pm). For more information and to find additional online offerings, visit the University of Minnesota Extension events and courses page. Use the ‘advanced search’ feature to explore the subjects ‘Families‘, ‘Home & finances‘ and ‘Food, health and nutrition‘.  
  • Free meal boxes for kids – pick-up schedule impacted by Memorial Day holiday. In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all Minneapolis Public Schools food box pick-up sites will be closed on Monday, May 25.  Families are encouraged to plan ahead and pick up a food box on an alternative day at any of the other 39 pick-up locations.  A simple flyer with translations is attached for you to share with families in your networks. The Free Meals for Kids app accurately indicates that sites are closed on Monday. 
  • Funding opportunities.
    • Minneapolis Health Department – Safe Routes to Healthy Food Request for Applications. Funding will support projects that work toward increasing access to healthy food, increasing safety for individuals or communities when accessing food, and/or projects that are at the intersection of food access and transportation safety (including walking, biking, and transit options). Projects that connect Safe Routes to Healthy Food and community needs related to COVID-19 will also be accepted. Selected projects will be funded at $2,000, $5,000 OR $8,000; the amount of funding for each project will be determined by a Community Leadership Team in partnership with City of Minneapolis staff. Deadline: 12pm Friday, June 5, 2020 via the City’s eSupplier portal. RFA information can be found here. Interested in applying? Join us for a conference call on Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m. CST to ask questions and learn more about the opportunity (Dial in at: 1-877-685-5350 and enter passcode: 6126733557).
  • Mosaic COVID-19 Rapid Response Infrastructure RFP. Mosaic is launching an open RFP to make $1 million of rapid response grants to individual nonprofit grassroots organizations, and networks of them, focused primarily on environmental protection and/or environmental justice to fund tools & technology, training, and related resources needed to transition to effective remote work and communications as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individual nonprofit grassroots organizations can apply for up to $10,000. Networks that support grassroots organizations can apply for between $10,000-$50,000. Rolling deadlines: Round 1: Friday May 22, 2020 by 11:59 pm PST; Round 2: Friday June 12, 2020 by 11:59 pm PST; Round 3: Thursday, July 2, 2020 by 11:59 pm PST.
  • Minnesota Department of Health – Diverse Media Vendors for COVID-19 Communications. On Monday, May 25, 2020, MDH will release a request for services for vendors who can provide culturally relevant, linguistically appropriate, accurate, and timely messages related to COVID-19 to communities of color, American Indian communities and LGBTQ communities in Minnesota. Vendors are encouraged to use methods that are adaptable to quickly changing information and explore alternative methods of communication that are effective while people maintain physical distancing. $750,000 is available for multiple contracts. Priority will be given to media vendors who are owned/led/operated by people of color, American Indians, and/or LGBTQ individuals. MDH will make more information available on May 25, 2020 with the release of the full Requests for Services. Current contractors of MDH will be eligible to apply. Deadline: June 3, 2020.
  • Minnesota Department of Health – Community-based Organizations for COVID-19 Outreach and Engagement. On Monday, May 25, 2020, MDH will release a request for services for vendors who can provide culturally relevant, linguistically appropriate and timely community engagement activities to aid the state in learning about community needs related to COVID-19, connecting communities to existing resources and services, and developing or adapting resources and services as needed. The primary audience(s) for community engagement must include people of color, American Indians and/or LGBTQ Minnesotans. $1,500,000 is available for multiple contracts. Priority will be given to entities that are led/operated/owned by people of color, American Indians, and/or LGBTQ individuals. MDH will make more information available on May 25, 2020 with the release of the full Requests for Services. Current contractors of MDH will be eligible to apply. Deadline: June 3, 2020.

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