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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Schools, and Training Providers for Professional Development Programming

Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) - Partnership and Pathways Programs, Short Form and Pre-Development Grants


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
176708

Funding Source
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Business and Community Development Division and Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Board
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/12/24 4:30 PM CT- Receipt - Deadline for Short Form and Pre-Development applications Save

Grant Description
Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, training providers, and schools to offer professional development programming. Preference will be given to applicants serving minority, economically disadvantaged, or rural populations. Funding is intended for the purpose of designing and implementing training programs that meet current and future employer needs and offer trainees long-term professional growth and economic opportunity.

Program Descriptions:

  • Partnership Program: The purpose of the Partnership Program is to act as a catalyst between business and education in developing cooperative training projects that provide training for new or incumbent workers. Funds are used to develop and deliver training that is specific to business needs.
  • Pathways Program: The purpose of the Pathways Program is to act as a catalyst between business and education in developing cooperative training projects that provide training, new jobs, and career paths for individuals who are at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines or those who are making the transition from public assistance to the workforce.
  • Pre-Development Grants: Pre-Development grants assist in covering costs associated with planning a specific, large-scale Partnership project. A pre-development grant must demonstrate that the project will address education and skills training for high-wage, high-growth, and high-skill occupations, businesses, and industries. In addition, a pre-development grant should demonstrate that the training institution will develop a significant amount of new capacity.

The project must involve training that is an area of employment need. Training must consist primarily of new or customized curriculum that is specific to participating business needs and must be provided by accredited Minnesota training institutions. 

Priorities:

For both the Partnership and Pathways programs, preference will be given to institutions that serve economically disadvantaged people, people of color, or those who are victims of economic dislocation, and to businesses located in rural areas.

Additionally, MJSP strongly encourages and prioritizes proposals that include training related to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. In addition, further preference will be given to Pathways projects that:

  • Provide employment with benefits paid to employees;
  • Provide employment where there are defined career paths for trainees;
  • Pilot the development of an educational pathway that can be used on a continuing basis, which helps people make the transition from public assistance directly to work; and
  • Demonstrate the active participation of Department of Employment and Economic Development CareerForce centers, community-based organizations that serve BIPOC communities, and local human service agencies.

Collaborations between multiple training institutions and/or businesses are welcome. For Pathways grants, collaboration with public, private, or nonprofit entities that provide employment services to low-income individuals and have a demonstrated track record bringing together employers and workers, private and public funding streams, and other stakeholders to implement pathways to career advancement for low-income individuals is encouraged.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
MJSP may provide Partnership and Pathways grants to educational institutions/training providers within the state that are accredited through institutional or specialized accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Eligible Pathways applicants also include workforce development intermediaries partnering with an accredited provider of training. Workforce development intermediaries are defined as public, private, or nonprofit entities that provide employment services to low-income individuals and have a demonstrated track record bringing together employers and workers, private and public funding streams, and other stakeholders to implement pathways to career advancement for low-income individuals. Entities may include, but are not limited to, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, or the administrative entity of a local workforce service area.

All eligible Partnership and Pathways projects must also include the active participation of one or more Minnesota businesses.

A participating business is limited to one active grant in each grant program at any given time, with the exception of businesses that have multiple locations or businesses engaged in projects that involve a consortium of businesses.

Pre-Application Information
Proposals Due:
- Regular Partnership and Pathways grant applications must be received via email by 4:30 p.m., Central Time, on Monday, January 22, 2024.
- Short Form and Pre-Development applications must be received via email by 4:30 p.m., Central Time, on Monday, February 12, 2024.
- Grant Decision Made: March 4, 2024, at the MJSP board meeting.
- Grant Decision Communicated: March 4, 2024, at the MJSP board meeting.

Very few projects qualify for pre-development funds. As such, any potential pre-development grant applications should be discussed with MJSP staff prior to the submission of a proposal.

Partnership grant funds must be matched by contributions from one or more participating businesses on at least a one-to-one ratio. Pathways grant funds must be matched by contributions from one or more participating businesses on at least a one-half-to-one ratio. The match may be in the form of cash or in-kind contributions directly related to the training project. An in-kind contribution is a donation of goods, services, or time.

Alternative Format: Upon request, application materials will be made available in alternative formats.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$8,300,000

Estimated Size of Grant
- The maximum grant award for the Partnership and Pathways programs is $400,000.
- A Short-form application is available for Partnership or Pathways grant requests of up to $50,000.
- The maximum grant award for Pre-Development grants is $50,000.

Contact Information
Email application materials to deed.mjsp@state.mn.us.

Technical assistance is available for interpreting instructions or preparing applications. Contact: Jodie Greising, 651-259-7517, Jodie.greising@state.mn.us.

Individuals with disabilities who need alternative formats can contact DEED at 651-259-7578 for assistance.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
180 E 5th St Suite 1200
Saint Paul, MN 55101

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