Contract Opportunities

ContractDEED solicitation announcements of competitive grant and professional/technical (PT) services contract opportunities are posted here.

Note: one-time PT solicitations are on the Department of Administration (DOA) website and/or in the State Register and may not be covered here. Other state grant opportunities may be located on DOA's Office of Grants Management webpage.


Postings include all outgoing grants and open-ended PT services. Each solicitation includes a brief description of work and a link to its Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Application (RFA).

  • Border-to-Border Broadband Development

    Here is the Notice of Contract and a link to the Request for Application (RFA), for this solicitation. Deadline: 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, 2014. 

    Notice of Contract
    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Office of Broadband Development, is requesting applications for grant funding to deploy broadband infrastructure and expand access of broadband service to unserved and underserved areas of Minnesota.

    Request for Application
    -- Download the RFA.

    Application Deadline
    The deadline for submission of applications is 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, 2014. No late proposals will be considered.

    One original and two paper copies, and one electronic copy in MS Word format on a USB drive, must be submitted to:

    Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    Office of Broadband Development
    1st National Bank Building
    332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
    St. Paul, MN 55101

    For questions, call 651/259-7610 or email

    This request does not obligate the State of Minnesota to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.


    Questions and Answers

    See the RFA Questions/Answers attachment for questions received by the program since the RFA-release, along with the program's answers.

    Prior to the RFA-release, Broadband Grant FAQs were developed to provide information about the program; those FAQs may be helpful too.

  • Export Development Funding

    Here is the Notice of Contract, and a link to the Request for Proposal (RFP), for this solicitation. Proposals will be accepted beginning immediately and will be evaluated on a rolling monthly basis until all funds are committed for the program year ending June 30, 2014.

    Notice of Contract
    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has received a State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to increase the number of small businesses exporting and the value of exports from small businesses in Minnesota. DEED's Trade Office is soliciting applications for funding for eligible small businesses to participate in export development activities.

    Approximately $260,000 is available for export-development activities.

    Request for Proposal
    Download the RFP.

    Application Deadline
    Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis in monthly rounds until all funds are committed. Submissions for the rounds are due by:

    -- Tuesday, October 15, 2013
    -- Friday, November 15, 2013
    -- Monday, December 16, 2013
    -- Wednesday, January 15, 2014
    -- Monday, February 17, 2014
    -- Monday, March 17, 2014
    -- Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    -- Thursday, May 15, 2014

    Proposals must be submitted electronically. Submit electronic copy to:
    STEP Program Director
    Minnesota Trade Office
    For more information, call 651-259-7036.
    This request does not obligate DEED to provide funding or to fund the full estimated dollar amount. DEED may withdraw this opportunity at any time if such action is in the interest of the State of Minnesota.
  • PT - Disability Determination Services

    Here is the Notice of Contract, and a link to the Request for Proposal (RFP)—also called a Request for Application—for this professional/technical (PT) services solicitation. This is an ongoing solicitation process.

    Notice of Contract
    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Disability Determination Services (DDS) Office, is requesting proposals from qualified applicants to work as medical contractors reviewing the disability claims of Minnesotans who have applied for Social Security Disability benefits.

    Applicants will be selected according to qualifications as stated in the application and as determined by DDS need for consultants by specialty.

    Request for Proposal
    Download the RFP: [PDF RFP] or [Word RFP].

    Application Deadline
    This is an ongoing solicitation process, with no deadline. Responses must be in writing; fax or emailed proposals will not be considered.

    Send responses to:

    Milla Kokotovich
    Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    Disability Determination Services
    121 East 7th Place
    St Paul, MN 55101

    For questions, call 1-800-657-3575 or 651-259-7781; fax 651-259-7884; or email or

    This request does not obligate the state to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The state reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

Major Awards

These are some of the more-recent major grants awarded by DEED.

  • Minnesota FastTRAC RFP Awards

    See The FastTRAC Grants webpage for grant awards.

  • Adult Workforce Dev. Competitive Grant Prog. Awards - SFY 2014-2015


    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is committed to increasing skills development and employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed Minnesotans, with a special emphasis on providing resources to populations and communities with barriers to employment.

    During the 2012 session, legislators authorized $3,283,000 each year from the General and Workforce Development funds for DEED to implement an adult workforce development competitive grant program.

    DEED developed and targeted the grant program to serve job seekers who have barriers to employment and populations with identified employment disparities; minority population ethnic groups; veterans; older workers; Minnesotans in transition to work from public assistance; and workers with disabilities, including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Providers will focus on employment assistance activities such as job training, job placement and job readiness skills development.

    Total Funding Available and Awarded: $6,237,700 to support 24 organizations in serving 3,041 individuals
    Total Amount Requested: $20,326,004
    from 37 organizations seeking to serve 9,609 individuals

    Demographic breakdown of full proposals:


    Note: Number of proposals will not total 37 as most proposals sought to serve multiple populations.
    “Other” refers to a target population not listed in the RFP, e.g. ex-offenders.

    Summary of Funding Requested and Awarded: Of the 37 proposals received, 24 were selected to receive funding.

    • Range of funding requests: $143,520 - $800,000, with an average of $558,986.05;
    • Range of funding awards: $100,000 - $400,000, with an average of $259,904.17.


    • Release of the request for proposals: Monday, July 1, 2013
    • 45 statements of intent received: Friday, July 12, 2013, 4 p.m.
    • Bidder’s webinar: Thursday, July 18, 2013
    • 37 full proposals received: Friday, August 2, 2013, 4 p.m.
    • Review and selection period: Monday, August 5 – Monday, August 26, 2013
    • Notification to applicants: Friday, September 6, 2013[*]
    • DEED staff and grant recipients will establish contracts effective ASAP, no later than October 1.

    Synopsis of Evaluation Process:
    The evaluation team consisted of a dozen agency program experts representing six different units across the agency: Adult Services, Dislocated Worker/Trade Adjustment Assistance, Office of Innovation, Rehabilitation Services, Veterans’ Employment and Program Monitoring.

    Proposals received a reading and were scored by at least five members of this team, using the criteria established in the Request for Proposals. High and low scores for each proposal were removed and final score calculation was based on the average of remaining review team scores.

    Funding level analysis:

    • To ensure effective funding levels for a two-year period, no project could receive more than $400,000, and no project could receive less than $100,000;
    • Regions represented by fewer proposals received special consideration to ensure broad geographic impact;
    • While all target populations represent groups with barriers to employment, the evaluation team worked to distribute funding to address multiple populations; and
    • Most projects were scalable; the evaluation team recommended funding levels based on that capacity.

    The results of this system are:

    1. Twenty-four proposals identified for funding to serve at least 3,041 individuals who have barriers to employment;
    2. Emphasis on selected target populations outlined on page 1;
    3. Statewide impact, with the chosen proposals representing geographic diversity; and
    4. Increased leveraging of funding from other sources

    Next steps:

    Grantee organizations are required to attend an orientation and training to be held in early October.

    For more information, please contact Anthony Alongi ( ) or Annie Welch ( ).

    [*] Delayed from originally planned date of Friday, August 30, due to large number of high-quality proposals and rigorous process.




    Download this chart in Excel format.

  • Adult Workforce Development Grant Awards - SFY 2013

    Proposals Recommended for Funding


    Target Population to Serve

    Area to Serve

    Previous Pass-through Funding

    Requested Funding

    Recommended Funding

    Lifetrack Resources

    Refugees and Immigrants; individuals who identify with minority groups

    Twin Cities Metropolitan area and Southern Minnesota




    Minnesota Employment Center (MEC), Rise Inc.

    Individuals who are deaf, deaf blind, or hard of hearing

    19 county direct service area including the Twin Cities, Central MN, and northeaster, MN (Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Duluth metro areas. All of Minnesota supported via distance service technologies).





    ALL Target Populations

    Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Duluth, and St. Cloud




    Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council

    ALL Target Populations

    Southwest Minnesota (WSA 6)




    Twin Cities RISE!

    Low-income Adults

    Twin Cities Metropolitan Area




    Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services

    Older workers, targeting veterans and individuals who identify with minority groups

    Central Minnesota (WSA 5)




    Goodwill/Easter Seals

    ALL Target Populations

    Seven county metro area focusing on Dakota and Ramsey County communities




    Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency

    Individuals returning to work from public assistance, women; also anticipate working with a number of other targeted groups; individuals living with disabilities, veterans and individuals who identify with minority ethnic/race groups

    Lake County (NE Minnesota)




    International Institute of Minnesota

    Refugees and Immigrants

    St. Paul and Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs




    American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center

    ALL Target Populations

    Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

    Part of $1,375,000 for all OICs



    Project for Pride in Living, Inc.

    Racial and ethnic minorities, individuals living with disabilities, low income individuals moving into the workforce out of public support programs, and veterans

    Twin Cities Metropolitan Area




    SOAR Careers

    Unemployed/underemployed adults, adults living below the poverty level, individuals living with disabilities, mental health diagnoses, and individuals who identify with minority ethnic and race groups.

    Duluth and the surrounding metro area




    Total Funding Requested and Awarded:



    These grants are from the Minnesota Adult Workforce Development Grant Pilot Program, authorized by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2011 legislative session. Grant funds area available July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

    The request for proposal placed an emphasis on legislatively mandated populations:

    · Individuals living with disabilities

    · Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing; and

    · Individuals who are returning to work after receiving public assistance

    as well as suitable considerations for

    · Veterans

    · Older workers

    · Populations identifying with minority groups

    The rigorous evaluation of proposals was done by a multidisciplinary team of experts from throughout DEED. View a synopsis of the evaluation process .

    By the Numbers
    Total funding available and awarded was $2,598,250. The total amount requested was $12,592,233.

    · 55 letters of intent were submitted on or before February 9, 2012.

    · 45 full proposals were submitted on or before March 2, 2012

    Geographic Breakdown of Full Proposals

    · Three proposals to serve residents throughout all of Minnesota

    · Four proposals to serve residents within a part of the Twin Cities and a separate, additional part of Minnesota

    · Seventeen proposals to serve residents of Greater Minnesota

    · Twenty-one proposals to serve residents in some combination of counties within or directly surrounding the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan area.

    Demographic Breakdown of Full Proposals


    Summary of Funding Requested and Awarded
    Of the 45 proposals received, 12 were selected to receive funding.


    Profiles of Grant Recipients

    Lifetrack Resources in St. Paul and southeast Minnesota: $300,000
    Lifetrack Resources, working in partnership as a CAREER collaborative with Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) in Rochester, MN and Vietnamese Social Services (VSS) in St. Paul, will provide individualized employment services to 550 refugees, immigrants, and asylees with legal work authorization through the CAREER program.

    Contact: Diane Heldt, 651-265-2339.

    Minnesota Employment Center for Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing (MEC)
    Statewide Initiative: $300,000
    MEC, in partnership with Rise, Inc., will continue to provide job placement and post-employment retention services for adults who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing in the Twin Cities, central Minnesota, and northeastern Minnesota, with greater Minnesota supported via distance service technologies. MEC specializes in support of deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing job seekers and incumbent workers who have multiple disabilities and communication barriers to competitive employment.

    Contact: Don Lavin, 763-783-2815

    RESOURCE in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, St. Cloud, and Duluth: $300,000
    Pathways to Advancement is a business-driven initiative to train and place low-income adults with barriers to self-sufficiency in jobs from three high-growth areas of the economy: core manufacturing , healthcare, and business service/support. This project will serve individuals with physical, sensory, and behavioral health disabilities including individuals who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing, individuals returning to work from public assistance, veterans, older workers, and racial/ethnic minorities.

    Contact: Carrie Scheffler, 612-752-8833.

    Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council: $300,000
    The Adult Career Transitions Project in Southwest Minnesota is designed to provide fundamental job skills training tailored to the needs of employers in the high job growth industries of manufacturing and food processing, healthcare, and energy in southwest Minnesota. This project will offer comprehensive training to participants who traditionally face barrier to successful employment.

    Contact: Juanita Lauritsen, 507-537-6987

    Twin Cities RISE! In the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area: $300,000
    Twin Cities RISE! will support 350 low-income adults – primarily men from communities of color – in a comprehensive training program designed for those facing the most barriers to employment success and long-term financial independence. Elements of the program include personal empowerment skills training, which is a core program element that focuses on emotional intelligence and personal development; employer services, which helps to develop strong relationships with employers; and work skills coaching, which assists each participant one-on-one as advisors and mentors, supporting progress, and identifying support service needs.

    Contact: Art Berman, 612-338-0295

    Central Minnesota Jobs and Training (CMJTS): $263,110
    Through this project, CMJTS will expand and enhance services to 100 older workers in CMJTS’ Workforce Service Area, offering credentialed training opportunities and the financial support services necessary for older workers to achieve their employment and training goals. The REAL Deal Senior Employment Project will give priority of service to the older worker that is a veteran, disabled, over the age of 65, homeless or near homeless, identifying with a minority race or ethnic group or living with a low literacy level.

    Contact: Tony Thomann, 763-271-3720

    Goodwill/Easter Seals in Dakota and Ramsey counties: $200,000
    G/ESM and its partners will serve 165 individuals in the new Business Career Pathways Project which will focus on business-related occupations and sectors. Participants will be able to enter a variety of training and education programs that best fit their academic needs and career interests. G/ESM will assign two Career Navigators to support the job counselors, instructors, service providers in meeting participants’ needs for wrap around services.

    Contact: Sheila Olson, 651-379-5864.

    Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency in Lake County: $180,432
    The Lake County Workforce Development Initiative will provide comprehensive training to 25 Lake County residents targeting people on public assistance or those who are returning to work after receiving public assistance. Training will include ABE Bridge programming, goal-setting assistance through Steps to Economic and Personal Success (STEPS), and a paid internship. Program participants will either earn a Customized Training Certificate or a one-year degree in welding from Mesabi Range community and Technical College.

    Contact: Julie Greenly, 218-749-2912, ext. 250

    International Institute of Minnesota
    St. Paul and Minneapolis and Surrounding Suburbs: $154,708
    The Medical Careers Pathway Program uses a sectoral employment approach, focusing on medical training programs and careers. The project has three components, including a Nursing Assistant Training which is a job training and job placement program; College Readiness which is a training that prepares entry-level medical workers with intensive academic preparation including reading, writing, computer, and math skills for higher education; and Medical Career Advancement, which provides program participants with educational case management with comprehensive counseling and ongoing support through their college education

    Contact: Michael Donahue, 651-647-0191, ext. 318

    American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center
    Twin Cities Metropolitan Area: $100,000
    The Adult and Training and Employment Program creates a direct pipeline from assessment to employment. By working with area employers to develop training and employment services, AIOIC will assure that 250 participants have expected skill-sets for employment and that the training for such skills are incorporated into training activities. Combined with comprehensive employment services, participants are highly competitive in the workforce.

    Contact: Joe Hobot, 612.341.3358, ext. 149

    Project for Pride in Living in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area: $100,000
    This project will serve 225 individuals through Advancing Long-Term Healthcare Training, featuring certificate-granting, job-training programs that assist individuals in gaining skills and competencies to retain and/or advance employment in healthcare with a special focus on long-term healthcare.

    Contact: Julie Brekke, 612-455-5207.

    SOAR Career Solutions in Duluth: $100,000
    The Duluth Manufacturing Pathways project will provide integrated technical instruction and bridge programming needed for 30 adults to secure living-wage welding and machining jobs with career advancement opportunities in the Duluth area job market. This project builds on a strong and established formal partnership between SOAR, the Adult Learning Center, Lake Superior College and the Duluth WorkForce Center.

    Contact: Rebecca Ellenson, 218-722-3126.