RMSFF COVID-19 Relief

We are thinking a lot about all of you these days and exploring and planning ways in which we might be of help to you during these very challenging times.

Board of Trustees Action

At the first of two spring meetings and beginning more than a month before they were planned, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Board of Trustees approved $16 million in COVID-19 crisis assistance and support funds. They accelerated $8 million in new and continuing grant awards to over 200 nonprofits in the Foundation’s portfolio located in Florida and Minnesota, with added flexibility in the midst of COVID-19 to shift appropriate program grants to operating funds in order to sustain vital operations.

The Foundation has provided through mid-May $16 million in COVID-19 crisis assistance and support funds, accelerated $8 million in new and continuing grant awards to over 200 nonprofits in the Foundation’s portfolio located in Florida and Minnesota; and added flexibility in the midst of COVID-19 by allowing appropriate program grants to be shifted to general operating funds. Emergency grants were provided to expand M Health Fairview COVID-19 care and surge capacity, to support nonprofits in FL and MN managing vital issues like food insecurity, housing, and other basic needs, and included a contribution to the Minnesota Disaster Relief Fund and a $5 million matching grant to the Best Buy Employee Hardship Relief Fund.

Our overarching goal is to be flexible with published timelines and to be available to work with our grantees to modify objectives, if necessary, in your outcomes reports. In that spirit, see the links below for changes effective immediately.

What Shelter in Place Means for RMSFF Minnesota & Florida Offices

The Governor of MN has extended the Stay Home order to May 18th. The Governor of FL announced partial reopening. Both Foundation offices in Minnesota & Florida continue to be open for the processing of grant payments, considered an essential service. While Florida staff have returned to the office to do their work under certain guidelines, most of Minnesota staff continue to work remotely. Processing for grant payments as well as LOI and Application review will continue uninterrupted.

Please bookmark and return to this landing page and watch your email for updates. Please also feel free to reach out to your program officer or any of us on staff with questions or concerns.

We wish you all health, hope, and increased patience as we work through these times together.