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Northwest Minnesota Foundation accepting grant applications to end youth homelessness

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is seeking grant applications from those currently working to prevent and end youth homelessness in northwest Minnesota.

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BEMIDJI — The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is seeking grant applications from those currently working to prevent and end youth homelessness in northwest Minnesota.

Applications will be available for 60 days, from March 1 through May 1.

The definition of “ending homelessness” means that systems have been developed and put in place to ensure that any youth (aged 16 to 24) experiencing homelessness is given immediate access to low-barrier crisis housing.

This can be accomplished by developing a system that ensures instances of youth homelessness are rare, brief and non-recurring, a release said.

Up to $550,000 in funding will be available to partnering agencies of the Northwest Continuum of Care, and funding will be managed by the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

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This funding is a one-time, non-renewable opportunity, and the anticipated performance period will begin by Oct. 31, with the option to continue project implementation through June 2024.

Applicants may be a local nonprofit organization (501c3), local government unit, or tribal government agency. Eligible applicants must be current members of the NWCoC. Applicants must also participate in the region’s system of Coordinated Entry to be eligible for funding, the release said.

Funding will be made available to agencies in coordination with the community-planned projects that have been previously established, including the Youth Housing Demonstration Project, which is available through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

More information on the project and how to apply is available on the Northwest Continuum of Care’s website .

All application materials in the submission checklist need to be submitted via Northwest Minnesota Foundation’s Grant Portal by 11:59 p.m. on May 1.

Questions can be directed to Margaret Krueger via email at margaretk@nwmf.org.

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