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Grant timeline

  • Feb. 9 at 8 a.m.:  Grant application period open

  • March 11 at 11:59 p.m.:  Grant applications are due

  • Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.:  Webinar about the request for proposals (RFP) and application process (register for the webinar)

  • Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.:  Webinar about the RFP and application process (register for the webinar)

  • May 2024:  Grant recipients notified

  • July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025:  Grant period of performance


Objective 

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This grant funding is to promote education, outreach, communication, engagement and training to build worker and employer understanding of Minnesota laws relating to pregnant workers' and new parents’ workplace rights to pregnancy accommodations, express milk in the workplace and pregnancy and parental leave. These laws were originally passed or modified under WESA. Grant work will highlight 2023 statutory changes to WESA that broadened employee rights and employer requirements. 

In addition, grant work will include education on the PFML law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2026, that provides paid time off when a serious health condition prevents Minnesotans from working, when they need time to care for a family member or a new child, for certain military-related events or for certain personal safety issues. 

Detailed information about WESA and PFML can be found at dli.mn.gov/newparents and mn.gov/deed/programs-services/paid-family.

Eligibility

The grant program seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations, business organizations or associations, nonprofit alternative secondary institutions, nonprofit post-secondary institutions and labor organizations.

Multi-organization collaborations are not eligible for this grant funding.

Award amount

The total available funding for the upcoming grant cycle is anticipated to total up to $150,000.

RFP and application materials

Questions

Contact Eric Olberding at 651-284-5377 or eric.p.olberding@state.mn.us with questions or for technical assistance.

Other information