This is a competitive grant process, and partnering with an existing organization may make your application stronger. However, this is not a requirement for all of the grant programs, and we encourage new organizations to apply.
The Minnesota Youth at Work Competitive Grant Programs include a "partnership chart" that identifies key partners in the application. Also, in the case of the Youth grant, Article 12, Section 9, Subd. 3(d) of Chapter 189 states, "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." The Pathways to Prosperity program also identifies key partnerships between service providers, adult basic education, training providers, and employers. With these exceptions, collaborations are not required but may strengthen your application.