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DEED Convenes Information Sessions on Competitive Equity Workforce Grants

Funding will support initiatives that increase economic opportunities for Minnesotans

7/8/2016 2:07:38 PM

Monte Hanson, 651-259-7236
Monte.Hanson@state.mn.us

ST. PAUL – Information sessions will be convened for Minnesota nonprofit organizations interested in applying for competitive grants that will invest in programs that increase economic opportunities for racial and ethnic communities, women, youth, people with disabilities and veterans.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will offer two identical information sessions that will focus on grant requirements and program outcome expectations.

In-Person Session
Wednesday, July 20
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Auditorium A, 451 Lexington Parkway N., St. Paul

Live Webinar
Thursday, July 21
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
More details about how to participate in the webinar will be posted here soon.

Background
Earlier this year, Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith proposed $100 million to expand economic opportunities and eliminate disparities faced by racial and ethnic Minnesotans. According to DEED data, racial and ethnic Minnesotans have higher unemployment rates than the white population in the state. The unemployment rate for white Minnesotans was 2.9 percent in May, compared with 10.7 percent for African Americans and 4.9 percent for Hispanics.

The Minnesota Legislature approved $35 million for equity programs, which Gov. Dayton signed into law last month.

"This funding is the first step in addressing deep economic disparities that exist throughout the state," said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. "These programs will help us achieve our ultimate goal of making Minnesota a state where the economy works for everyone."

Existing Grant Programs
Nonprofits can apply for competitive grants for the following existing programs at DEED:

Pathways to Prosperity Program, $1 million
The program helps low-wage and low-skill adults who have multiple barriers to employment obtain credentials and skills that prepare them for jobs in growing fields such as health care and manufacturing.

Youth at Work Program, $1 million
The program providesemployment and training services for youth of color, youth with disabilities and at-risk youth.

Women in High Wage, High Demand, Nontraditional Jobs Competitive Grant Program, $1.5 million
The program focuses on closing the gender pay gap and encourages women to enter nontraditional fields such as STEM or construction.

New Grant Programs
Nonprofits can also apply for competitive grants for the following new programs at DEED:

Southeast Asian Economic Relief Competitive Grant Program, $2 million
The program will address economic disparities in the Southeast Asian community through workforce recruitment, development, job creation, increased capacity of smaller organizations and outreach.

Support Services Competitive Grant Program, $2 million
The program will focus on low-income communities, young adults from low-income families and communities of color, offering job training, employment preparation, internships, job assistance to fathers, financial literacy, academic and behavioral intervention for low-performing students and youth intervention.

Somali Youth Competitive Grant Program, $2 million
Funding will support organizations and programs that serve Somali youth.

More details about the information sessions, these grant programs and how to apply is available on the DEED website.

DEED is the state's principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.

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Upon request, this information can be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.

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