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The Grants

Grant Recipients announced November 15.

Nonprofits could apply for competitive grants for the following existing and new programs and services at DEED:

  • Capacity Building Grant Program, $320,000 (recipients not yet announced)
    The program, which will be operated by DEED’s Office of Career and Business Opportunity, will help organizations address shortcomings in financial management, governance, human resources, information technology, strategic planning, strategic alliances and accountability. The goal is to make organizations that serve people of color and other groups facing equity barriers more competitive for grants and other state support.
  • Pathways to Prosperity Program, $1 million
    The program helps low-wage and low-skill adults who have multiple barriers to employment obtain credentials and skills that prepare them for jobs in growing fields such as health care and manufacturing.
  • Youth at Work Program, $1 million
    The program provides employment and training services for youth of color, youth with disabilities and at-risk youth.
  • Women in High Wage, High Demand, Nontraditional Jobs Competitive Grant Program, $1.5 million
    The program focuses on closing the gender pay gap and encourage women to enter nontraditional fields such as STEM or construction.
  • Emerging Entrepreneur Fund, $857,000
    The fund will provide loans to businesses owned by people of color, women, veterans and people with disabilities. The fund expands on the former metro-focused Urban Initiative Loan Fund.
  • Southeast Asian Economic Relief Competitive Grant Program, $2 million
    The program will address economic disparities in the Southeast Asian community through workforce recruitment, development, job creation, increased capacity of smaller organizations and outreach.
  • Support Services Competitive Grant Program, $2 million
    The program will focus on low-income communities, young adults from low-income families and communities of color, offering job training, employment preparation, internships, job assistance to fathers, financial literacy, academic and behavioral intervention for low-performing students and youth intervention.
  • Somali Youth Competitive Grant Program, $2 million
    Funding will support organizations and programs that serve Somali youth.
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