Application window open to apply for equity funding grants

ST. PAUL, Minn – Non-profits across the state have the opportunity to apply for funding from eight new and existing programs. The funding is meant to serve a wide variety of people – including women in high wage, high demand and non-traditional jobs, emerging entrepreneurs that are either women, people of color, veterans or those with disabilities or grants can help aid organizations in need of a variety of business needs like financial management or strategic planning.

As Chair of the Senate Jobs and Economic Development Committee, Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) says he wants to promote the good work of the state legislature. The legislature appropriated $35 million for equity programs in 2016.

“This year, we made some really important steps forward to increase equity among communities of color and disadvantaged populations. DEED is currently accepting applications and offering information sessions for some really exciting new programs. I’m looking forward to seeing how people end of benefiting – and hopefully see people who use this opportunity to kick start a great career or business. Seeing these programs get funded, makes me really proud to live in a state that is actively trying to improve the lives of everyone,” said Sen. Tomassoni.

To learn more about the programs accepting applications, and how to apply, visit: http://mn.gov/deed/about/contracts/wdd-grant.jsp

Senator David Tomassoni
David Tomassoni represents District 6, which includes portions of Itasca and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of the state.

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