Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Grants available for workforce training programs

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Board is soliciting applications for grant funding for new and incumbent worker training programs. MJSP will accept applications for the Partnership and Pathways Programs Short Forms, which are available for grants of up to $50,000.

  • Partnership Program – The purpose of the Partnership Program is to act as a catalyst between business and education in developing cooperative training projects that provide training for new or incumbent workers. Funds are used to develop and deliver training that is specific to business needs.
  • Pathways Program – The purpose of the Pathways Program is to act as a catalyst between business and education in developing cooperative training projects that provide training, new jobs and career paths for individuals who are at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines or those who are making the transition from public assistance to the workforce.

Click here for the Request for Proposals. The deadline for the submission of Short Form applications is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.

Greater Minnesota to benefit from DEED child care grants

The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) recently announced the recipients of its 2019 Child Care Economic Development Grants. Funding for this program was approved by the Legislature in last session’s Jobs and Economic Development omnibus bill, which stipulated at least 60 percent of the funding must be awarded to projects in Greater Minnesota.

Funding for this program, along with the direct funding for the Initiative Foundations, was a cornerstone of the CGMC and Greater Minnesota Partnership’s (GMNP) child care advocacy last session.

DEED announced this week that it awarded grants to 11 organizations, eight of which are in Greater Minnesota. Of the $727,500 awarded, $515,000—71 percent of the total grant pool—went to projects in Greater Minnesota. Continue reading