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  • Can I submit my progress or final report electronically? Back to top

    Yes. Email your report to Volunteer.Grant.MDOR@state.mn.us by the dates specified in the grant contract.

  • Can grant funds be rolled over from one year to the next?Back to top

    No. Grant funds may only be used in the year in which the grant funds apply.

  • My organization would like to use some of our grant funds for advertising taxpayer services. Do our advertisements need to be approved by the Department of Revenue? Back to top

    Advertisements must be sent to the department for review prior to being printed. You must receive approval from the department before publication of any advertisements. If advertisements are not approved by the department prior to being printed, grant funds for print advertisements will not be reimbursed. Advertising must be reviewed and approved each grant period.

    All advertisements must state, “Service made available through a grant provided by the State of Minnesota.”

    By email: Volunteer.Grant.MDOR@state.mn.us

    By mail:
    Minnesota Revenue
    Mail Station 5410 - Grant
    St. Paul, MN 55146-5410

  • My organization received grant funding and was able to purchase the equipment and accessories detailed in our proposal for less than the award amount. What can I do with the remaining grant funds? Back to top

    You can spend the remaining grant funds on additional items that would fall under any of the four different categories: Equipment and Accessories, Advertising, Salaries, or Other Expenses.

  • Do I need to submit receipts of expenses purchased with grant funds?Back to top

    Yes. The department reimburses grant funds. Organizations must complete a Reimbursement Request Cover Sheet to detail the specific expenses of the reimbursement request. You must include supporting documentation for all expenses (payroll records, itemized receipts, invoices, mileage logs, etc.) that prove expenses are allowable within the guidelines of the grant contract.

    If your organization received over $50,000 in grant funds, the department must conduct a financial reconciliation at least once during the grant period. A financial reconciliation involves reconciling expenses for a given period with supporting documentation, such as purchase orders, invoices, itemized receipts, mileage logs, and payroll records. Expenses must be reasonable, necessary, and documented.

  • Who is the owner of equipment purchased with grant funds?Back to top

    Equipment purchased with grant funds is owned by the 501(c)(3) organization that entered into contract for the funds; however, the equipment must be used to provide volunteer taxpayer assistance services.

  • What happens if the volunteer taxpayer assistance site closes?Back to top

    Please email Volunteer.Grant.MDOR@state.mn.us or call 651-556-3052 or 1-800-818-6871 (toll-free) to terminate your grant contract..
     
    You must continue to provide timely progress and/or final reports for the grant period to be considered for grants in the future.

  • What happens if my organization fails to submit timely progress/final reports?Back to top

    If your organization fails to submit a timely progress report, you will not be reimbursed for remaining grant funds.  Failure to meet this reporting deadline will be noted in your organization’s grant file and will result in the organization being denied grant funds in the next fiscal year.

    If your organization fails to submit a timely final report, your organization will not be reimbursed for remaining grant funds and your organization will not be eligible to receive grant funding for the next fiscal year.