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DEED Awards $320,000 From Capacity Building Program

Thirteen Minnesota nonprofits will receive funding

1/27/2017 11:02:02 AM

Shane Delaney, 651-259-7236

Minnesota nonprofit groups that provide workforce or economic development programs and services today were awarded $320,000 in grants from the newly created Minnesota Capacity Building Grant Program.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded the funding to 13 organizations. The goal of the program is to help nonprofit groups develop skills in financial management, governance, human resources, information technology, strategic planning, strategic alliances and/or accountability. The improvements in those areas seek to make the organizations more competitive for future DEED grants and other state support.

“The program will help level the playing field for nonprofit partners that may have limited back office support and resources,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “By building a bigger and better pipeline of service providers, state government, as well as all Minnesotans, will ultimately see stronger outcomes.”

The Minnesota Capacity Building Grant Program was a part of $35 million in equity funding that was approved by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton in June. The goal of the equity funding is to address economic disparities and to make Minnesota a state where the economy works for everyone.

The following organizations will be awarded funding from the Minnesota Capacity Building Grant Program:

Immigrant Development Center , Moorhead, $26,600

Somalia Rebuild Organization , Rochester, $5,816

Leech Lake Financial Services , Cass Lake, $35,000

Bridge for Runaway Youth , Minneapolis, $12,500

Elpis Enterprises , St. Paul, $10,450

Progressive Individual Resources Inc. , St. Paul, $11,000

Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota , St. Paul, $50,068

Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota , Minneapolis, $24,500

Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corp. , St. Paul, $26,000

Voice of East African Women , Minneapolis, $34,000

Merrick Community Services , St. Paul, $46,379

Minneapolis American Indian Center , Minneapolis, $22,627

WomenVenture , Minneapolis, $15,000

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 theDEED 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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