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

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Schools, Training Providers,
and Agencies for Workforce Development Initiatives

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Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) - Business and Community Development Division and Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Board

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05/26/20 4:30 PM - Deadline for Short Form and Pre-Development applications


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, schools, training providers, and agencies for workforce readiness projects. Applicants requesting support for the planning of a large-scale project should contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for programs that involve training in 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.

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.


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

For more information on grant requirements, priorities, and criteria, see pages 2-4 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 176708

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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.

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:

The deadline for the submission of regular applications is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020. Short Form and Pre-Development applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. No late proposals will be considered.

Only proposals received by the deadlines posted above will be eligible for consideration at the June 15, 2020 MJSP Board meeting. No exceptions will be made in the event of technical issues or delays.

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.

All Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) applying for grant in the state of Minnesota must undergo a financial review prior to a grant award of $25,000 or higher.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information about this RFP, contact:
Brenda Buckles
Minnesota Job Skills Partnership
MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101-1351

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