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Request for Proposals


The LEAP grant has extended the deadline for questions until Nov. 30, 2022. The application deadline is Dec. 14, 2022.

Apprenticeship Minnesota at the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announces the availability of grant funding under the Labor Education Advancement Program (LEAP) in Minnesota pursuant to Minnesota Statutes § 178.11 and Minnesota Rules Chapter 5227. The available funding for calendar year 2023 is $100,000. DLI anticipates funding up to five community-based organizations for 2023. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.


The purpose of this grant is to provide funding to community-based organizations to facilitate the participation of people of color, Indigenous people and women in registered apprenticeship programs. There are currently approximately 11,000 registered apprentices in Minnesota; however, women and communities of color have been historically underrepresented in registered apprenticeship participation.


The objective of the LEAP grant is to increase participation of people of color, Indigenous people and women in apprenticeship programs registered with DLI. Successful applicants will articulate and demonstrate an ability to achieve these objectives through various means, including outreach, education, assessment, preparation, support services, instruction, training, placement and retention activities.


Proposals will be accepted from community-based organizations serving people of color, Indigenous people and/or women. The deadline to submit a written proposal to DLI is no later than 4:30 p.m., central time, on Dec. 14, 2022.

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