Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) - Business and Community Development Division and Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Board
09/18/17 4:30 PM Regular Applications; 10/10/2017 4:30 PM Short-Form Applications
Grants to Minnesota educational institutions, workforce training providers, nonprofits, and public agencies to train new and existing workers of partnering businesses. Applicants requesting support for the planning of a large-scale project should contact program staff prior to applying. This program acts as a catalyst between educational institutions and business to meet current and future employer needs and offer trainees long-term professional growth and economic opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
Pathways funds may only be used to train individuals who are making a transition from public assistance to work or individuals at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
Pre-development grants 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 application should demonstrate that the training institution will develop a significant amount of new capacity.
GrantWatch ID#: 176708
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.
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.
Approximately $7.2 million is available for distribution for the remainder of FY 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). In order to provide for multiple funding cycles, the board may authorize less than the available funds at any board meeting.
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.
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.
The deadline for the submission of regular applications is 4:30 PM on Monday, September 18, 2017. Short Form applications must be submitted by 4:30 PM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
Funding decisions will be made at the October 30, 2017 MJSP board meeting.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Department of Employment and Economic Development
Business and Community Development Division
Minnesota Job Skills Partnership
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101-1351