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How to Apply to the Job Creation Fund

Applications for the Job Creation Fund are accepted year-round. Businesses must apply through the local government unit (city, county or township) where the project will be located.

In consultation with DEED, the local government unit will determine whether the business meets minimum program requirements. To assist with the process, complete this Job Creation Fund Eligibility and Application Checklist. Projects that meet the minimum requirements should contact Tom Washa, Program Manager at 651-259-7483 for an application and complete the following four-step process:

Step One

With assistance from the local government, the business submits the Job Creation Fund Application Form and required supporting documents to DEED. Completed applications may be emailed to or mailed to the following address:

Tom Washa
Program Administrator - Principal
Office of Business Finance
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101

Step Two

DEED evaluates the application and notifies the local government and business of approval or denial. If approved, DEED will formally designate the business as a Job Creation Fund business and determine an award amount.  Awards in excess of $500,000 require DEED to hold a public hearing.

Step Three

After a public hearing (if applicable), DEED drafts a business subsidy agreement specifying project goals and duration for the agreement and sends it to the business for signature. The business then returns the agreement to DEED for final signature by the DEED commissioner.

Step Four

Through the duration of the business subsidy agreement, the local government will continue to provide assistance to the designated JCF business. This includes collecting required reporting information and submitting progress reports, annual reports, requests for payment, and providing updates to the business regarding updates to annually adjusted wages.

Program Materials

Select the links below to view, download or print these forms:

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