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ReCAST Minneapolis

COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund

The City of Minneapolis is committed to healing and resilience grounded in the evidence of culture and practice. Through the Division of Race and Equity, the City desires to strengthen the capacity of mental and behavioral health providers and community cultural healers to provide services to community residents who may be experiencing increased stress and trauma related to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.  

As a result, we are temporarily making funds available to support these efforts through the COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund. Our goal is to provide short term relief to those who are experiencing crisis and whose ability to receive in person help is either limited or not existent at this time. Providers may apply between $2500 - $7500 to meet these needs. 


Opportunities could include but are not limited to:  


·       Virtual therapy sessions for individuals 

·       Offering your services through crisis hotlines or phone conversations 

·       Instructional videos on what people can do to cope with increased stress and trauma 

Priority population (s) served:  


·       Black, Indigenous, and People of Color  

·       People who either live or work in Minneapolis 

·       Low income and/or low wealth communities 

·       People who live with disabilities 

·       LGBTQ2SIA+ communities 

·       Immigrants (including those who are undocumented) and refugees  

Before applying please read through the Request for Proposals here.


How to Apply 

Interested providers must submit a brief application which includes a description of the service(s) you provide and a detailed budget. These applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis until we exhaust funds related to this work. We have allocated a total of $75,000 and intend to fund at least 10 providers to provide emergency, temporary relief. We are looking for providers who already have an existing, established practice providing services we’ve identified in scope for this funding opportunity. Given the rapid nature of this request, we will give preference to organizations that already have been a contracted vendor with the City of Minneapolis or can demonstrate their capacity to enter into a contract within 3-5 days of proposal acceptance.  All proposed services must begin within one week of contract finalization and end within 90 days of that date or before August 21 2020, whichever comes first. 

Also, note that all selected providers will be expected to administer evaluation forms to those who utilize their services and will also be asked to complete a reporting form detailing the results of their work. Here’s an example of a reporting form. 


Please direct any questions to [email protected].  


If awarded funds, please complete this Supplier Agreement form and submit to Ebony Adedayo 

Program overview & neighborhoods of focus

The ReCAST Minneapolis program is a citywide initiative focusing on the nineteen neighborhoods in North, South and Cedar-Riverside areas. While the qualifying event that enabled the City of Minneapolis to apply for the grant was rooted in North Minneapolis, the need to address community trauma and resiliency is necessary in all areas of Minneapolis. 

North Minneapolis South Minneapolis
Folwell Bryant
Harrison Cedar Riverside
Hawthorne Central
Jordan Corcoran
McKinley East Phillips
Near North Elliot Park
Sumner Glenwood Longfellow
Webber-Camden Midtown Phillips
Willard Hay Phillips West
  Ventura Village



Qualifying event

On November 15, 2015, Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) responded to a call on the City's North Side that resulted in an altercation and the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark by a responding officer. Mr. Clark was a 24-year-old African American male resident of North Minneapolis. A rally called by community members began in the afternoon of November 15 at the shooting scene, and continued into the evening a few blacks away outside MPD's 4th Precinct location. The following day, 100 demonstrators moved across Interstate 94, where they linked arms and blocked traffic lanes for more than two hours. Demonstrators then set up an occupation outside MPD's 4th Precinct. On November 18, police moved to disperse the demonstrators camped inside the vestibule of the 4th Precinct station, which led to a night of remonstration that sometimes turned violent. On November 23, five demonstrators were shot during a confrontation with several men at the encampment outside of the 4th Precinct, in what witnesses described as a racially motivated attack. On November 24, nearly 1,000 people marched to City Hall in solidarity with the protest over Mr. Clark's death. On December 3, MPD and City workers dismantled the occupation encampment in front of the 4th Precinct. The occupation of the 4th Precinct lasted a total of 18 days.

The Jamar Clark incident put Minneapolis into the national conversation about race, policing, and police/community relations. It also elevated ongoing local conversations about racial equity and disparities, and residents’ trust in law enforcement and the judicial system. The shooting, the 18-day occupation of the MPD 4th Precinct, and months of investigation have increased the stress and trauma of residents, who have shared feelings of alienation, hurt, anger, disappointment, and frustration. ​

But the roots of this issue are far deeper than a singular event in time. Structural racism as manifested through policy decisions from officials at all levels of government contribute to the very conditions that produce stress and trauma in within communities of marginalized people. In Minneapolis, the impact of structural racism and the resulting stress and trauma it produced is most evident with Native American people and within our Black community. ​

The impact of this trauma is felt inside the City enterprise as well. First point of contact staff were directly impacted by Jamar Clark’s shooting and the resulting occupation. For staff members who aren’t constituent-facing, but have close connections to these communities, the impact was also severe. These events helped to clarify even further the work we need to be doing as an enterprise to ensure our staff have the resources to treat and prevent trauma, the reality of systemic racism, and as well as to deepen our understanding of how government shows up in marginalized communities so we don’t further traumatize community in the course of doing our jobs.​ 

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 For more information, please contact, [email protected]


Last updated Mar 19, 2020



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