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Apprenticeship Minnesota at the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announces the availability of grant funding for the operation of Labor Education Advancement Programs (LEAP) in Minnesota under Minnesota Statutes 178.11 and Minnesota Rules Chapter 5227.

  • The available funding for calendar year 2020 is $100,000.

  • Available funding for calendar year 2021 is $100,000.

DLI anticipates funding four to five programs for 2020. Proposals may be submitted for the full two years of funding. However, second-year funding will be awarded in late 2020 based upon progress towards program outcomes and at the discretion of DLI.


The purpose of this grant is to fund community-based organizations’ programming that facilitates the participation of women and communities of color in registered apprenticeship programs. There are currently more than 12,000 registered apprentices in Minnesota. However, women and communities of color have been historically underrepresented in apprenticeship participation.


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


Proposals will be accepted from community-based organizations serving the targeted population on a competitive basis. The deadline to submit a written proposal is Nov. 15, 2019.

Application process

View the following documents for details about how to apply for a grant.


Contact Betsy Adamson, DLI, at 651-284-5196 or with questions or for technical assistance.