Minnesota nonprofit groups and organizations had an opportunity to apply for competitive grants to develop programs to improve economic opportunities for people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and/or youth in Minnesota.
Governor Mark Dayton proposed $100 million to expand economic opportunities and eliminate workforce and educational barriers faced by some Minnesota demographic groups. DEED data show that racial and ethnic Minnesotans have higher unemployment rates, lower levels of education and lower annual wages than white Minnesotans. Women, young adults and people with disabilities experience similar barriers.
In 2016, the Minnesota Legislature approved $35 million for equity programs, which Governor Dayton signed into law (Laws of Minnesota 2016, Article 12).
List of Competitive Grant Recipients