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Equity Funding Opportunities


Minnesota nonprofit groups and organizations could 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. Eligibility requirements for applicants will be specified in each Request for Proposal (RFP).

Earlier this year Governor Mark Dayton proposed $100 million to expand economic opportunities and eliminate workforce and educational barriers face 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.

This spring the Minnesota Legislature approved $35 million for equity programs, which Governor Dayton signed into law in June (Equity Budget Language).

The Grants

Non-profits can apply for competitive grants.


View recordings of webinars related to the RFP process.


Find forms, information and links related to the grants.

Frequently Asked Questions

View Frequently Asked Questions that came up during the RFP process.

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