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DEED Receives Equity Grant Proposals Totaling $48.4 Million

Agency will announce funding recipients by Nov. 14

10/14/2016 12:55:53 PM

Shane Delaney, 651-259-7236

Grant proposals totaling $48.4 million were submitted to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) by organizations seeking to provide services to people of color, women, youth, people with disabilities and/or veterans in Minnesota.

DEED said 165 organizations are competing for $8.1 million in funding that is available for six programs designed to improve economic opportunities for those demographic groups. The funding was approved by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton in June.

Review panels, composed of DEED staff and volunteers from the community, will examine the proposals and notify organizations that have been approved for funding by Nov. 14. Program services must be completed by Nov. 21, 2017.

“DEED received a tremendous response from organizations that are committed to addressing deep economic disparities in the state,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “These programs will help move us closer to our goal of making Minnesota a place where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.”

The following is a summary of each program and the amount of funding requested:

Pathways to Prosperity Program
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.
Funding available: $950,000
Funding requested: $8.25 million for 34 proposals
Potential participants served: 3,138

Youth at Work Program
The program provides employment and training services for youth of color, youth with disabilities and at-risk youth.
Funding available: $950,000
Funding requested: $9.30 million for 45 proposals
Potential participants served: 8,700

Women in High Wage, High Demand, Nontraditional Jobs Competitive Grant Program
The program focuses on closing the gender pay gap and encourages women to enter nontraditional fields such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or construction.
Funding available: $1.4 million
Funding requested: $3.72 million for 17 proposals
Potential participants served: 1,456

Southeast Asian Economic Relief Competitive Grant Program
The program will address economic disparities in Southeast Asian communities through workforce recruitment and development, job creation, increased capacity of smaller organizations and outreach.
Funding available: $1.9 million
Funding requested: $3.71 million for 13 proposals
Potential participants served: 2,997

Support Services Competitive Grant Program
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.
Funding available: $1.9 million
Funding requested: $16.66 million for 74 proposals
Potential participants served: 16,177

Somali Youth Competitive Grant Program

Funding will support organizations and workforce programs that serve Somali youth.
Funding available: $950,000
Funding requested: $6.73 million for 30 proposals
Potential participants served: 9,143

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 its services, visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.


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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