DEED Seeking Program Grant Reviewers

22 Aug 2016 2:02 PM | Aaron Abelleira (Administrator)

DEED Seeking Program Grant Reviewers  

~Volunteer participants will review grant applications for new competitive equity programs~

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) 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 Governor 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 approximately 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. 

More details on requirements and how to apply to participate are available here. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on September 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. 

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. 

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

Upon request, the information in this news release can be made available in alternative
formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Communications Office
Phone 651-259-7149 or 1-800-657-3858 ∙ TTY 1-800-657-3973
An equal opportunity employer and service provider.

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