The Family Support Grant Program provides cash grants to families of children, under 21 years of age with a certified disability, residing at home. The goal of the program is to prevent or delay the out-of-home placement of children and promote family health and social well-being by enabling access to family-centered services and supports. Send a question to Social Services.
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Families of children with a disability under age 21, living in the family home, must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
- A screening team from the County must determine the child is at risk of out-of-home placement and is certified disabled.
- Families must have an annual adjusted gross income that is less than $100,008 per year. (The income ceiling is adjusted annually per state bulletins.)
- Currently, people receiving any Medical Assistance waiver, Personal Care Assistance (PCA) or Consumer Support Grant are not eligible for the Family Support Grant Program.
Applying for the grant
Families can contact their County social worker to request an application. Once returned, the application will be reviewed and scored based upon need. Then, the applicant is placed on the Family Support Grant Waiting List based on their rating and needs. You will be contacted by Dakota County staff if you are awarded a grant.
Recipients may receive a maximum of $3,000 in 2015.
There are three options to receive your grant funding.
- Ongoing monthly: This type of grant is for families who have ongoing needs and expenses that occur on a regular basis, such as respite care.
- One-time lump sum: This type of grant is for families who want to apply part or all of an ongoing grant towards the cost of one or more specific high-cost items, such as adaptive devices, special equipment and home modifications. One-time lump sum grants are limited to $3,000 per year.
What grants can be used for
The grant must be spent on services and items that are directly related to caring for the child with a disability. Only expenses that are beyond typical cost of caring for a child of similar age may be covered. Allowable expense categories include:
- Day care
- Educational services
- Medical services
- Respite care
- Specialized clothing
- Specialized dietary needs
- Specialized equipment or modifications
* Family Support Grants may not be used for purchases covered by other funding sources, such as private insurance and Medical Assistance/TEFRA.
Once your family receives the grant
- Families must keep receipts for all expenses for five years.
- Ongoing grants are typically available to a family on an ongoing basis each fiscal year through the annual renewal process, as long as their child remains eligible for the program.
If you choose to complete an application and send by mail, the address is:
Dakota County Social Services
Attn: FSG Coordinator
1 Mendota Rd. W., Suite 300
West St. Paul, MN 55118-9918
Client Driven Support Expenditure Guide
Program Information Sheet (DAK-7098 cover)
Family Support Grant Training
Initial Application Form (DAK-7098)
Budget & Expenditure Forms
Program Income Eligibility (DAK-7946)
Parent Statement of Informed Consent and Compliance (DAK-7945)
Hardship Form (DAK-7949)
Expenditure Report (DAK-7107)
Expenditure Plan for Family Support Grant (DAK-7121)