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Pre-Weatherization and Workforce Training

Pre‐Weatherization and Workforce Training

Current information: 5/6/2024. In 2023, the Minnesota State Legislature Minnesota authorized the Pre-Weatherization Program and the Weatherization Training Grant Program. The Minnesota Department of Commerce will update this page as new information becomes available.

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In the 2023 session, the Legislature allocated over $38 million for the Weatherization Assistance Program expansion including pre-weatherization work to serve more Minnesota households. These funds will expand services and address deferred homes that would otherwise be denied from program participation under current federal limitations.

Minnesota Pre-Weatherization Measures

The Pre-Weatherization funds will address deficiencies that would otherwise prevent the home from being eligible for federal Weatherization Assistance Minnesota Statutes. § 216B.2402, subd. 20 defines pre-weatherization services as improvements made to a home that are necessary to allow the installation of energy conservation improvements.

Commerce will award grants to existing Service Providers to produce the maximum number of weatherized residences and to expand the breadth and depth of services provided to income-eligible households in Minnesota. Commerce expects to award initial grants in Summer 2024. 

Weatherization Training Grant Program

Commerce will create a Weatherization Training Grant Program to train workers for careers in the weatherization industry. Grants will be awarded through a competitive grant process. Minnesota has an open Request for Information to inform the strategy for the Minnesota Home Energy Training Centers that will be open until June 21, 2024. Initial grants are expected to be released in late 2024 in a competitive RFP.  

Eligible grantees:

  1. Nonprofit organizations exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code; 
  2. Labor organizations, as defined in Minnesota Statutes § 179.01, subdivision 6; or  
  3. Job training center or educational institution that the commissioner of commerce determines can train workers for weatherization careers. 

The Weatherization Assistance Program is a nationwide, federally funded program of the U.S. Department of Energy. Each state administers its weatherization program to meet the unique needs of its low-income residents. Visit Minnesota’s Weatherization Assistance webpage for more information.

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