B - Readily funds technology as part of an award
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
The Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership (MJSP) works with businesses, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. The goal is to target short-term training for full-time employment in the growth sectors of the states economy.
The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) offers grants through a variety of programs to offset training-related expenses incurred by business, industry, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to meet current and future workforce needs.
History of Funding
A listing of funded projects is available at https://mn.gov/deed/business/financing-business/training-grant/mjsp/
The Partnership program: Funds may be used for training-related costs such as curriculum development, instruction, training materials and supplies, training equipment, and instructor travel. Requests for wage subsidies and tuition reimbursements are NOT eligible. However, wages paid to employees during training may be counted towards the required matching contribution.
- Pre-development: These grants assist in covering costs associated with planning a specific, large-scale Partnership Program project. A pre-development grant must demonstrate that the project will address education and skills training for high-wage, high-growth, and high skill occupations, businesses, and industries. In addition, a pre-development grant should demonstrate that the education institution will develop a significant amount of new capacity.
Pathways: Funds may be used for training-related costs such as curriculum development, instruction, training materials and supplies, training equipment, and instructor travel. Funds may also be used to partner with local human service agencies or nonprofit organizations that are providing training-related services. Requests for wage subsidies and tuition reimbursements are NOT eligible. Preference is given to projects that provide full-time employment with benefits and projects with defined career paths.
Job Training Incentive: Funds may be used to pay direct training costs for workers in new jobs including trainee wages for on-the-job training, curriculum development, delivery of training, materials and supplies, training equipment and facilities, and trainer travel and lodging costs. Funds may also be used for assessment, testing and certification costs. Training may be provided in-house, by institutions of higher education, by federal, state, or local agencies, by consultants, or equipment vendors.
The Low-Income Worker Training Program: Grant funds may be used to pay for job-specific skills training and helps workers whose incomes are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines gain new skills necessary to move up the career ladder to higher paying jobs and greater economic self-sufficiency. Grant funds may also be used for training-related materials and supplies and for training-related certification or test fees. When a need is adequately demonstrated, up to 10% of the direct training costs may be requested for operating costs directly related to project coordination
Automation Training Incentive Pilot Program: Grant funds may be used to pay direct training costs for existing workers including trainee wages for on-the-job training, curriculum development, delivery of training, materials and supplies, training equipment and facilities, and trainer travel and lodging costs. Funds may also be used for assessment, testing and certification costs. Training may be provided in-house, by institutions of higher education, by federal, state, or local agencies, by consultants, or equipment vendors.
For businesses the application process for all MJSP programs begins by contacting an accredited Educational Institution that may be a potential training partner. With the exception of the Low Income Worker Training program, all MJSP programs require that the training is provided by an accredited Minnesota educational institution. For additional program-specific eligibility requirements beyond what is summarized below, refer to the application instructions for each program on the MJSP website.
Partnership Grants: Participating businesses must partner with an accredited Minnesota educational institution. Eligible educational institutions must be accredited through institutional or specialized accrediting agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Pathways Grants: Eligible applicants include accredited Minnesota educational institutions and workforce development intermediaries partnering with businesses within the state. Workforce development intermediaries are defined as public, private or nonprofit entities that provide employment services to low-income individuals.
Job Training Incentive Grants: Funding will be available to businesses located outside the seven county metropolitan area or located in the cities of Hanover, Rockford, Northfield and New Prague that are adding at least three new jobs. The new jobs must pay wages at least equal to the average weekly wage for the county in which the jobs are located. Additional program information and eligibility requirements are outlined in the Job Training Incentive Program Guide.
Low-income Grants: Eligible applicants include Minnesota public, private, or non-profit entities that provide employment services to low-income individuals or partnerships of two or more of these entities for projects where the training program(s), courses and training topics utilized through a grant funded by the Low Income Worker Training Program are certified by the MJSP Board and the targeted trainees may only include individuals who are Minnesota residents and have incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Automation Training Incentive Pilot Program: The program is available to existing businesses across Minnesota that are investing in new automation technology at the project location.
Deadlines vary based on funding area.
Partnership, Pathways, & Low-income Worker proposals are typically due six weeks before each MJSP Board meeting, with the exception of Short Form applications which are due three weeks before MJSP Board meetings. A schedule of MJSP board meetings can be viewed at https://mn.gov/deed/business/financing-business/training-grant/mjsp/
Job Training applications are accepted year-round on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding for that FY has been depleted.
Automation Training applications will be accepted from August 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 pending the availability of funding. Available funding will be split between Greater Minnesota and the metropolitan area through January 31, 2020, at which time any remaining funds will be available to either Greater Minnesota or the metropolitan area on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Award amounts vary based on sub-program. Multiple awards are anticipated. Generally, MJSP funds a variety of programs, usually in the $100,000 to $200,000 range.
- The Partnership program grants awards of up to $400,000. A cash or in-kind contribution from the participating business must match grant funds on at least a one-to-one basis. Projects average one to three years in duration.
- Pre-Development grants of up to $50,000 are awarded to accredited Minnesota educational institutions with businesses as partners. The maximum Partnership Program grant following a pre-development grant will be reduced by the amount of the pre-development grant.
- Pathways grants of up to $400,000 are available for participating businesses .Cash or in-kind contributions from the participating businesses must match program funds on at least a one-half to one ratio. Projects average one to three years in duration.
- Job Training Incentive grants of up to $200,000 are available to new or expanding businesses. A total of $900,000 is available through June 30, 2016. An additional $900,000 will be available July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Businesses will be required to match the grant on a 1:1 basis.
- The Low-Income Worker Training Program provides grants of up to $200,000 to Minnesota public, private, or nonprofit entities that provide employment services to low-income individuals. No match from grant recipients is required.
- Automation Training Incentive Pilot Program provides training grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses that are implementing new automation technology.
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