Training Grant Programs

We provide training grants of up to $400,000 to educational institutions that partner with businesses to develop new-job training or retraining for existing employees.

With the exception of the Low Income Worker Training Program, all training projects pair at least one public or private accredited Minnesota educational institution and one business. We offer training grants in five different program areas.

Partnership

Overview 
Our main training grant option, the Partnership program focuses on providing training for both new and existing employees of participating businesses.

Minnesota participating businesses must partner with an accredited Minnesota educational institution. Grants of up to $400,000 are awarded to the educational institution to develop and deliver training specific to the business needs. A cash or in-kind contribution from the participating business must match grant funds on at least a one-to-one basis.

A short-form application is available for grants of up to $50,000.

Projects average one to three years in duration.

Use of Funds 
Funds may be used for training-related costs such as curriculum development, instruction, training materials and supplies, training equipment, and instructor travel. Requests for wage subsidies and tuition reimbursements are NOT eligible. However, wages paid to employees during training may be counted towards the required matching contribution.

Pre-Development Grants  
Pre-development grants assist in covering costs associated with planning a specific, large-scale Partnership Program 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 education institution will develop a significant amount of new capacity.

Grants of up to $50,000 are awarded to accredited Minnesota educational institutions with businesses as partners. The maximum Partnership Program grant following a pre-development grant will be reduced by the amount of the pre-development grant.

Very few projects qualify to pre-development funds. As such, any potential pre-development grant applications should be discussed with MJSP staff prior to the submission of a proposal.

To Apply 
Applications are accepted on a year-round basis. Grants, pending the availability of funding, are generally reviewed and approved two to three times per year by the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board. Use the applications, instructions, manuals and report forms below. Also see the Application Process Section of this Web site.

  • Partnership / Pathways Grant Application Guide  
    This is the joint, full-text version of the application for a Partnership and/or Pathways grant. It contains detailed program information and application instructions.
  • Partnership / Pathways Grant Application Forms  
    This packet contains the application outline and forms for a Partnership and/or Pathways grant. The budget forms, which are under a separate file, must also be completed.
  • Partnership Budget Forms  
    This packet contains the required budget forms for a Partnership grant to be submitted as part of the Partnership grant application.
  • Partnership / Pathways Supporting Budget Schedule Summary  
    This budget form must be submitted with a Partnership and/or Pathways application when requesting both Partnership and Pathways funding.
  • Partnership / Pathways Short Application Instructions & Forms
    The short application is a condensed version of the Partnership and/or Pathways grant application which may be used for Partnership or Pathways grant requests of up to $50,000. This packet contains the full-text version of the application, with detailed program information, application instructions, and application forms. The same Partnership or Pathways budget forms that are used for the regular application must also be submitted with the short application.
  • Pre-Development Grant Application Instructions & Forms  
    A pre-development grant of up to $50,000 is intended to be used as a means for covering the costs associated with planning a specific, large-scale project for which additional MJSP funds will subsequently be requested through the submission of a Partnership grant application. This packet contains the full-text version of the application, with detailed program information, application instructions, and application forms.

Pathways

Overview 
The Pathways Program focuses on providing training, new jobs and career paths for people who have incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines or those who are making a transition from public assistance to work.

Projects must include at least one participating business and an accredited Minnesota educational institution or training provider. Grants of up to $400,000 per project may be awarded to develop and deliver training specific to business needs. Cash or in-kind contributions from the participating business(es) must match program funds on at least a one-half to one ratio.

Eligible applicants include accredited Minnesota educational institutions and workforce development intermediaries partnering with businesses within the state. Workforce development intermediaries are defined as public, private or nonprofit entities that provide employment services to low-income individuals.

A short-form application is available for grants of up to $50,000.

Preference is given to projects that provide full-time employment with benefits and projects with defined career paths.

Projects average one to three years in duration.

Use of Funds 
Funds may be used for training-related costs such as curriculum development, instruction, training materials and supplies, training equipment, and instructor travel. Funds may also be used to partner with local human service agencies or nonprofit organizations that are providing training-related services. Requests for wage subsidies and tuition reimbursements are NOT eligible.

To Apply 
Applications are accepted on a year-round basis. Grants, pending the availability of funding, are generally are reviewed and approved two to three times per year by the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board. Use the applications, instructions, manuals and report forms below. Also see the Application Process Section of this Web site.

  • Partnership/Pathways Grant Application Guide  
    This is the joint, full-text version of the application for a Partnership and/or Pathways grant. It contains detailed program information and application instructions.
  • Partnership/Pathways Grant Application Forms
    This packet contains the application outline and forms for a Partnership and/or Pathways grant. The budget forms, which are under a separate file, must also be completed.
  • Pathways Budget Forms  
    This packet contains the required budget forms for a Pathways grant to be submitted as part of the Pathways grant application.
  • Partnership/Pathways Supporting Budget Schedule Summary  
    This budget form must be submitted with a Partnership and/or Pathways application when requesting both Partnership and Pathways funding.
  • Partnership/Pathways Short Application Instructions & Forms
    The short application is a condensed version of the Partnership and/or Pathways grant application which may be used for Partnership or Pathways grant requests of up to $50,000. This packet contains the full-text version of the application, with detailed program information, application instructions, and application forms. The same Partnership or Pathways budget forms that are used for the regular application must also be submitted with the short application.

Health Care & Human Services

Overview 
Our main training grant option, the Partnership program focuses on providing training for both new and existing employees of participating businesses.

Minnesota participating businesses must partner with an accredited Minnesota educational institution. Grants of up to $400,000 are awarded to the educational institution to develop and deliver training specific to the business needs. A cash or in-kind contribution from the participating business must match grant funds on at least a one-to-one basis.

A short-form application is available for grants of up to $50,000.

Projects average one to three years in duration.

Use of Funds 
Funds may be used for training-related costs such as curriculum development, instruction, training materials and supplies, training equipment, and instructor travel. Requests for wage subsidies and tuition reimbursements are NOT eligible. However, wages paid to employees during training may be counted towards the required matching contribution.

To Apply 
Applications are accepted on a year-round basis. Grants, pending the availability of funding, are generally reviewed and approved two to three times per year by the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board. Use the applications, instructions, manuals and report forms below. Also see the Application Process Section of this Web site.

  • Health Care and Human Services Grant Application Instructions  
    This is the full-text version of the application containing detailed program information and application instructions.
  • Health Care and Human Services Grant Application Forms  
    This packet contains the application outline and forms. The budget forms, which are under a separate file, must also be completed.
  • Health Care and Human Services Budget Forms  
    This packet contains the required budget forms that must be submitted as part of the Health Care and Human Services grant application.
  • Health Care and Human Services Short Application  
    The short application is a condensed version of the Health Care and Human Services grant application which may be used for Health Care and Human Services grant requests of up to $50,000. This packet contains the full text version of the application, with detailed program information, application instructions, and application forms. The same Health Care and Human Services budget forms that are used for the regular application must also be submitted with the short application.

Low-Income

Overview 
The Low-Income Worker Training Program helps workers whose incomes are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines gain new skills necessary to move up the career ladder to higher paying jobs and greater economic self-sufficiency.

The program provides grants of up to $200,000 to Minnesota public, private, or nonprofit entities that provide employment services to low-income individuals. No match from grant recipients is required.

The goal of MJSP is to target short-term training for full-time employment in the growth sectors of the state's economy.

Projects average one to two years in duration.

Use of Funds 
Grant funds may be used to pay for job-specific skills training. Grant funds may also be used for training-related materials and supplies and for training-related certification or test fees. When a need is adequately demonstrated, up to 10% of the direct training costs may be requested for operating costs directly related to project coordination.

Allowable operating costs include costs associated with recruitment, screening and referral of program participants, along with costs for completing program reporting requirements.

To Apply 
Applications for this program are accepted periodically based on the availability of funding. The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board reviews the proposals and awards the grants. Use the applications, instructions, manuals and report forms below. Also see the Application Process Section of this Web site.