The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is making available up to $749,100 for projects to help the region establish or enhance systems, infrastructure and capacity to prevent and end youth homelessness between May 1, 2020 and Oct. 31, 2021.

Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with others in their area and think about how they can involve their community. For more information, visit www.nwmf.org/programs/homelessness.

Types of projects eligible for grants include:

  • Outreach and identification – To end youth homelessness, a reliable count of homeless youth and young adults is necessary as well as a greater understanding of their needs.

  • Prevention – To end youth homelessness in the region, it will be important to prevent youth from becoming homeless in the first place whenever possible.

  • Diversion and short-term housing – It is important to increase the variety of short-term or emergency housing options for youth to end youth homelessness. Not every option is right for every youth.

  • Rapid re-housing and longer-term housing – Implementing a rapid re-housing program can be challenging. Supporting all core components is important to the success of youth housing projects.

  • Innovative solutions – Creativity is highly encouraged. A well-designed system to end youth homelessness will require innovation beyond traditional methods.

Two informational sessions are scheduled for interested applicants to learn more and ask questions about this opportunity. For dates and locations, visit www.nwmf.org/events.

Deadline to apply is March 15. To learn more and to view all of the eligibility requirements, please visit www.nwmf.org and click on "Open Grant Rounds".

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public charitable nonprofit community foundation serving 12 northwestern Minnesota counties. Learn more at www.nwmf.org.