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The total available funding for the upcoming grant cycle is $1 million. Applicants may apply for up to $100,000.

Grant timeline

  • Feb. 5, 2024:  The request for application (RFP) (application) period opens

  • Feb. 13, 2024 at 11 a.m.:  Webinar about the RFP and application process

  • Feb. 22, 2024 at 1 p.m.:  Webinar about the RFP and application process

  • Feb. 29, 2024:  Last day to submit questions

  • March 8, 2024 at noon, Central Standard Time:  Grant applications are due

  • May 10, 2024:  Grant recipients announced

  • July 1, 2024 to Dec. 31, 2025:  Grant period of performance


This grant funding is to facilitate the participation and/or retention of people of color, Indigenous people, and women in registered apprenticeship programs through various means including outreach, education, assessment, preparation, support services, instruction, training, placement and retention activities.

There are currently 11,000 registered apprentices in Minnesota. However, women and communities of color have been historically underrepresented in apprenticeship participation.


  • Community-based or nonprofit organizations, including 501(c)3 and 501(c)5 organizations.

  • Minnesota Tribal governments as defined in Minnesota Statutes §10.65.

RFP and application materials


Webinars about the LEAP Grant will be on Feb. 13 and Feb. 22. View a recording of the webinar here.


Contact Lyla Brown, DLI, at with questions or for technical assistance.

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