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Minnesota Youth at Work Competitive Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, School Districts, and Agencies
for Workforce Development for At-Risk or Low-Income Youth

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Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) - Office of Youth Development

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Deadline Date:

04/09/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit and community organizations, school districts, government agencies, and community action agencies for workforce development programs for at-risk or low-income youth. Programs that utilize collaboration are strongly encouraged. The purpose of this grant is to target ways in which to employ economically disadvantaged youth OR at-risk youth ages 14-24.

In awarding competitive grants, priority shall be given to programs that:

  • Serve youth from communities of color and indigenous communities who are underrepresented in the workforce;
  • Serve youth with disabilities;
  • Provide youth with information about education and training requirements for careers in high-growth, in-demand occupations (see DEED’s Labor Market Information resources:

Additional allowable activities that may be provided by selected applicants can include:

  • Provide youth with paid private sector work experiences (internships, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeships) and public service employment opportunities.
  • Work-based learning and Career pathways programming focused on in-demand industries such as healthcare and information technology.
  • Support youth in achieving educational goals such as earning academic/service-learning credits, high school diploma, or GED.
  • Support youth with exploring, applying to, and accessing post-secondary education opportunities.
  • Financial literacy, mentoring, skills building activities, and virtual trainings.
  • Career awareness and exploration activities like career aptitude tests, career fairs, industry tours, job shadows, career camps.

Definitions of Target Populations:

Economically disadvantaged youth - An individual who received an income, or is a member of a family that received a total family income, that, in relation to family size, does not exceed the higher of the official poverty level, for an equivalent period; or 70 percent of the lower living standard income level. Youth who are eligible to receive or are receiving free school lunch are considered to be economically disadvantaged.

At-risk youth - The following individuals are considered to be at-risk:

  • A pregnant or parenting youth;
  • A youth with Limited English Proficiency;
  • A potential or actual dropout;
  • A juvenile offender/diversion program youth;
  • A public assistance recipient or a recipient of group home services;
  • A youth with disabilities including learning disabilities;
  • A homeless or runaway youth;
  • A chemically dependent youth or child of drug or alcohol abusers;
  • A youth with basic skills deficiency;
  • A youth with educational attainment one or more levels below grade level appropriate to age; or,
  • A foster child.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194355

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of funding that can be requested by any single applicant for the SFY 2022 Youth at Work Competitive Grants is $850,000 per year. Second year funding for SFY 2023 in the same amount as the SFY 2022 award will be available based on satisfactory performance in the first year.

Term of Contract:

Contract Periods:The intended start date for projects is July 1, 2021. This means that State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2022 funds are for the period from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. For SFY 2023 funds are for the period from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants or “eligible organization” are specifically defined in the law as being either a local government unit (including tribal governments), nonprofit/community-based organization, community action agency, or a public school district.

Under §116L.562, eligible organizations:

1. Must have demonstrated effectiveness in administering youth workforce programs and must leverage non-state or private sector funds.
2. Must be youth-serving organizations with significant capacity and demonstrable youth development experience and outcomes to operate a youth workforce development project.
3. If a program is not operated by a local unit of government or a workforce development board, the grant recipient must coordinate the program with the local workforce development board.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar will be held February 17 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. This webinar will guide interested parties through the RFP and the various required elements of a grant proposal. The webinar is not mandatory and an archived version will be made available.

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Meeting link:
Meeting number (access code): 187 741 2603
Meeting passcode: Youth2021!
To join by phone:

+1-415-655-0003 United States Toll
Access code: 187 741 2603

Questions about the RFP or webinar should be sent to Cory Schmid.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be received via email by no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Technical assistance is available for interpreting instructions or preparing applications. Contact Cory Schmid for assistance.

Each week, DEED staff will post responses to frequently asked questions on DEED’s website by way of the Contract Opportunities page:

Webinar recording from February 17, 2021:

Contact Information:

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

Proposals must be submitted to in a single PDF document.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota

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