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DEED seeks program grant reviewers

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is seeking volunteer participants to join a newly created grants review panel to review proposals for the six programs designed to increase economic opportunities for people of color...

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is seeking volunteer participants to join a newly created grants review panel to review proposals for the six programs designed to increase economic opportunities for people of color, women, youth, people with disabilities and/or veterans.

The new competitive programs are 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 funding is to address economic disparities in the state and to make Minnesota a state where the economy works for everyone.

Review panel participants will work in partnership with DEED and other state agency staff to review submissions from organizations that are applying to provide services under the programs.

The time needed for the work of the grants review panel is about three weeks. Participants will be required to attend a kick-off meeting immediately after the selection announcement, take part in a three-hour webinar training session on the grant review process, and attend a follow-up meeting after the review process is completed.

Each participant will review grant proposals for one of the programs, examining an estimated 30 to 40 proposals. The grants review panel will make recommendations and send them to DEED leadership for final approval.

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Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 2.

Participants will review grant proposals for the following six programs:

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.

Youth at Work Program

The program provides employment 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

The program focuses on closing the gender pay gap and encourages women to enter nontraditional fields such as STEM or construction.

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Southeast Asian Economic Relief Competitive Grant Program

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

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

Funding will support organizations and programs that serve Somali youth.

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