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Regional Planning Grant to Prevent & End Homelessness

The Regional Planning Grant to Prevent and End Homelessness is designed to support the capacity of Greater Minnesota Continuums of Care (CoCs) and Tribal Nations to prevent and end homelessness while improving the regional homeless response system to help it be more equitable.

The goal of this grant is to focus on ongoing collaborative efforts and develop new initiatives that coordinate strategies among various stakeholders. Enhancing efforts among stakeholders is meant to help regions throughout Minnesota be more effective when advancing goals to prevent and end homelessness.



Eligible applicants include:

  • Federally recognized Tribal Nations (or Tribally designated housing entities) within the state of Minnesota. NOTE: Minnesota Housing will allow up to one applicant (separately or as a part of collaborative application) per Tribe or Tribally designated housing entity to apply.
  • Continuums of Cares (CoC): A nonprofit or for-profit or governmental entity can apply on behalf of a Greater Minnesota CoC. An eligible applicant must have an official designation from the CoC. NOTE: Minnesota Housing will allow up to one applicant per CoC to apply.
These funds are required to be used to support regional planning strategies to prevent and end homelessness. The efforts must be coordinated with HUD CoC grant goals, state homeless programs, and the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness Justice Strategic Plan with a focus on the following five results intended to achieve justice among those who, historically, have been disparately impacted by the housing system:
  1. Homelessness is prevented whenever possible, and services and supports are provided to ensure no one returns to homelessness.
  2. A robust crisis response geared towards housing outcomes supports people staying outside, in emergency shelters, and in community.
  3. People facing homelessness have access to housing options that meet their needs and honors their choice.
  4. Homelessness is treated as a crucial health and public health crisis wherever it occurs.
  5. The state shares power with Indigenous, Black, Brown, Poor, LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and Two-Spirit+) people and people who have faced homelessness to strengthen natural supports within community.

NOTE: These efforts are intended to help make the regional homeless response system more equitable and strengthen resources that will help prevent and end homelessness throughout the state.

Contract Agreements

Contract Agreements

Minnesota Housing will accept the following due diligence items be submitted by Tuesday, June 23, 2023:

  • Signed Grant Contract Agreement (provided by Minnesota Housing).
  • Board Resolution - A signed original, or signed and certified copy specific to the Grant Contract Agreement that designates authorized signatories, authority to enter into a contract and that references the requested and/or awarded amount.
  • Designation letter from CoCs’ and Tribes’ planning entities
  • Certificate of Insurance with Employee Dishonesty/Crime Coverage in the amount of at least one-eighth of the total amount of the funding amount.
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authorization Form - for a new applicant that has been selected, or if the current EFT on file needs updates.
  • Certificate of Good Standing issued by the Minnesota Secretary of State Office within 30 days (a screenshot is also an acceptable form of evidence). This does not apply to any governmental organizations or Tribal Nations.
  • Final approved Work Plan - The selected applicant will be required to complete and submit a work plan on a template provided by Minnesota Housing. The purpose of a work plan is to describe changes to the application as a result of the final award amount and requirements.
  • Final approved Budget - A final budget reflecting the awarded amount and any allocation or amount changes to the lead entity or subgrantees.

Applicants awarded funding must have all due diligence items submitted and approved, and the Grant Contract Agreement fully executed, which includes both the applicant’s and Minnesota Housing’s signatures, before costs can be incurred and reimbursed or grant funds can be expended. Minnesota Housing will not reimburse costs incurred prior to the execution of the Grant Contract Agreement.