mspWellness Micro-Grant Program

To support workplace wellness, we are excited to release mspWellness micro-grants! These micro-grants are designed to be a catalyst for the implementation of programs that increase employee well-being. Micro-grants will be awarded to businesses and organizations who submit proposals that focus on changing workplace policies, systems, and environment to support employee wellness. The changes could be focused on inspiring healthy eating, encouraging active living, supporting new mother, tobacco-free living and/or overall wellbeing.

These micro-grants are funded by the Minnesota Department of Health Statewide Health Improvement Partnership grant (SHIP). They will be administered by the Minneapolis Health Department and awarded by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber. The purpose of the micro-grants is to provide workplaces with funding and technical assistance for health focused activities and programs that benefit the wellness of employees.

 

Business and organizations are eligible to receive a micro-grant if:

  • They are located in Minneapolis and/or have a presence (branch) in Minneapolis.

  • Have minimum of 10 employees and fewer than 100 employees.

To impact communities with the greatest health disparities, priority will be given to the following workplaces:

  • Workplaces with majority of adults over the age of 45. These employees enter an age where are more apparent.

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  • Industries that have historically offered lower wages (and/or may not offer health care benefits) such as hospitality, retail, service, some manufacturing, and care-provider industries.

  • Workplaces that employ a significant number of limited or non-English speaking workers and/or workers who have limited education.

  • Workplaces that employ a population with a high percentage of workers who are experiencing health disparities identified through local or county-specific data.

Eligibility

Application Information:

Micro-grant awards will range from $500-$1,000 per organization. There are a limited number of grants available, so this is a competitive process.

 

Application Deadlines and Award Notification Information:

The deadline to submit a micro-grant application is Friday, March 4 at 4pm CST.  To preview the application click hereThe online application form can be found here.

Award notifications will be made on Tuesday, March 15 and project work will begin on Friday, April 1st. All projects will need to be completed by Friday, September 30, 2022. Organizations unable to complete projects in the established time frame must re-pay the award.

Additional Information:

For an overview of the mspWellness micro grant program as well as a list of eligible expenses and examples of possible projects please click here.

If you have any questions, please email mspwellness@mplschamber.com 

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