Grant and Contract Opportunities

ContractDEED solicitation announcements of competitive grant and professional/technical (PT) services contract opportunities are posted here.

Note: one-time PT solicitations are on the Department of Administration (DOA) website and/or in the State Register and may not be covered here. Other state grant opportunities may be located on DOA's Grants Management webpage.

Open RFPs

Postings include all outgoing grants and open-ended PT services. Each solicitation includes a brief description of work and a link to its Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Application (RFA).

  • Job Placement Coordinator - Carver County-Hennepin South

    Here is the Notice of Contract and link to the Request for Proposal (RFP), for this solicitation. Deadline: 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015.

    Notice of Contract

    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is requesting proposals for the purpose of providing job placement services with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS). The term of any resulting contract is anticipated to be for 12 months, with an option to extend the contract each year for a total of three years. The position will be housed in the Chaska VRS Office and serve consumers with disabilities in the Carver County/Hennepin South VRS team area. The State anticipates awarding one proposal. The qualified responder must be CARF-accredited in Community Employment Services (CES)/Job Development (JD). The State anticipates this grant will be awarded up to $75,000 - $90,000 depending on the scope of the proposed project activity and the extent of the proposed project evaluation.

    Work is proposed to start July 1, 2015. 

    Request for Proposal

    -- Download the RFP.

    Submission Deadline

    Deadline for submission of proposals is 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015. Late proposals will not be considered.

    Email documents, in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats ONLY to: Anne.Paulson@state.mn.us.

    Contact Information

    MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
    First National Bank Building
    332 Minnesota Street, Suite E-200
    St. Paul, Minnesota 55101
    Anne.Paulson@state.mn.us or 651-259-3157

    This request does not obligate the State of Minnesota to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation.  All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

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    Questions and Answers

    Questions received by DEED since this RFP was announced are answered here:

    Q. If there has been any further discussion about the three Placement milestones being awarded to the employer of the embedded VRS Placement Coordinator, please let me know.
    A. No. The grant is expected to cover the services as outlined in the RFP without further compensation.

  • Job Placement Coordinator - Cambridge

    Here is the Notice of Contract and link to the Request for Proposal (RFP), for this solicitation. Deadline: 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015.

    Notice of Contract

    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is requesting proposals for the purpose of providing job placement services with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS). This is a 12-month position, with an option to extend the contract each year for an additional three years total. The position will be housed in the Cambridge Workforce Center and serve consumers with disabilities in Cambridge and in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine counties. The State anticipates awarding one proposal. The qualified responder must be must be CARF-accredited in Community Employment Services (CES)/Job Development (JD). The State anticipates this grant will be awarded up to $75,000 - $90,000 depending on the scope of the proposed project activity and the extent of the proposed project evaluation.

    Work is proposed to start July 1, 2015. 

    Request for Proposal

    -- Download the RFP.

    Submission Deadline

    Deadline for submission of proposals is 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015. Late proposals will not be considered.

    Email documents, in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats ONLY to: Anne.Paulson@state.mn.us.

    Contact Information

    MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
    First National Bank Building
    332 Minnesota Street, Suite E-200
    St. Paul, Minnesota 55101
    Anne.Paulson@state.mn.us or 651-259-3157

    This request does not obligate the State of Minnesota to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation.  All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

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    Questions and Answers

    Questions received by DEED since this RFP was announced are answered here:

    Q. Transportation costs – does the CRP cover all the transportation costs associated with this position?
    A. Yes, mileage is covered by the CRP through the grant.

    Q. Office –what does DEED/VRS cover? Does the CRP have access to computer and the state data base for inputting case notes, what about postage, business cards and letter head?
    A. VRS will cover postage, business cards and letter head as it relates to the position. The CRP will have access to a computer the state data base for inputting notes.

  • Minnesota Pathways to Prosperity

    Here is the Notice of Contract and link to the Request for Proposal (RFP), for this solicitation. Deadline: 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2015.

    Notice of Contract

    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is requesting proposals for grant funding for Minnesota Pathways to Prosperity (P2P), an Adult Career Pathways program. P2P funding will support increased participation of enrollees in career pathway programs to strengthen development of increased career awareness, acquisition of basic skills education, participation in skills-training programs, and placement into positions in high-growth, high-demand industries capable of long-term employment at wages permitting family self-sufficiency. 

    Grantees will use their award to support job-driven approaches in programs within career pathway systems and programs to equip individuals with the skills, competencies, and credentials necessary to help them obtain in-demand jobs, increase earnings, and advance in their careers. All proposals need to address appropriate partners such as adult basic education, training providers, employers, workforce development entities, and other partnering organizations. Work is proposed to start after July 1, 2015.

    Request for Proposal

    -- Download the RFP.

    Bidders Webinar : The webinar, held on Monday, April 13, 2015, was recorded. Listen to the webinar recording.

    Submission Deadline

    Deadline for submission of proposals is 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2015. Late proposals will not be considered. Questions about this solicitation will be accepted until 4 p.m., May 5, 2015.

    Email a proposal, as a one-PDF-document, to AdultCompetitiveGrants.DEED@state.mn.us.

    Contact Information

    MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
    First National Bank Building
    332 Minnesota Street, Suite E-200
    St. Paul, Minnesota 55101
    Attn: Nola Speiser
    651-259-7595

    This request does not obligate the State of Minnesota to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation.  All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

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    Questions and Answers

    Questions received by DEED since this RFP was announced are answered here.  

    Q: Who should letters of commitment be addressed to?
    A: They can be addressed to DEED Pathways to Prosperity, Attn: Nola Speiser, and included in the submitted proposal.

    Q: Noted on the RFP first page that documents are to be in PDF and not scanned. a) We do not have the capability to create PDF documents, although we can scan. b) Your Word and Excel form documents may not PDF well anyway. What is an acceptable alternative format?  
    A: It is possible that your scanner can submit them as a PDF document. Our goal is that all documents are submitted as a pdf that is one document. This ensures all of your documents are included for the review process.

    Q: Also on the RFP first page is a notation that questions can be found on the DEED website. I am unable to find any questions regarding this RFP on the DEED website. Can you please be more specific? 
    A: The Questions and Answers have been posted on the DEED site where the Pathways to Prosperity RFP is located--http://mn.gov/deed/about/contracts/--please see this site and scroll down to the section just below Contact Information.

    Q: If a current AWDP grantee has people left from their grant as of June 30, 2015 can they “roll them over” into the P2P grant to continue services to close them out?
    A: If an organization has individuals still being served via AWDP, they could continue to serve them under the P2P grant. Individuals would be exited from the Adult Workforce Development Program and enrolled into P2P.

    Q: A question regarding letters of support: We are preparing letters of commitment from each of the partners in our proposed project. In addition, a community leader had offered to provide a letter of support. Before soliciting this, we wanted to check whether letters of support would be acceptable as an additional attachment to the proposal?
    A: Letters of Commitment from each partner are required, they will be considered as 2 points of the review/scoring process. Letters of support are not part of the review process, therefore will not be included in the overall score.

    Q: Are the career pathways proposed touching on market areas and training needs that are not overly saturated? 
    A: Career Pathway programming should focus on occupations that are determined in demand via labor market information projections.

    Q:  Does the cost per participant cap include administrative expenses? Can our total be $4400 per with admin?
    A: The total cost per participant, on average, must not exceed $4,000. This being said, it is possible for an individual’s cost per may be $3,500 while another may be $4,500…but the average cost per participant must not exceed $4,000.

    Q: The RFP states that submissions should be in one PDF and not scanned; what about forms that need signatures scanned?
    A: Submissions should be in one PDF and not scanned. You may need to work this out with your partners to obtain clear documentation. When documents are scanned there are times when they become unclear and therefore difficult for the team to review.

    Q: Under enhanced academic instruction component it list credit bearing coursework at 12-16 credits. If a program offers less than 12 credits will this be acceptable for this component?
    A: It will be acceptable to provide education/training for participants in coursework that is less than 12-16 credits. It could be possible that the program design does not include credit, if this is the case there should be a clearly identified “path” for individuals if they were to continue their education within a pathway including post-secondary credits. Such paths could include credit for prior learning, an articulation agreement between the P2P pathway and a post-secondary institution, etc.

    Q: It says that the maximum amount per participant is $4,000. Is that a firm number? And what items are included when figuring out our cost per participant figure, maybe we’re figuring it out incorrectly? Our partners were talking and with the cost of tuition and the services our folks with barriers need to have to become successful, it seems like this would be difficult to achieve.
    A: $4,000 is the average cost per participant; this does not mean that each participant is capped at $4,000. Some individuals may require more or less, but in general when you figure the total amount of individuals you serve with the total amount of funds you have, it should average out to about $4,000 per participant. Keep in mind this is just with your DEED funds, you can leverage more funds outside of DEED to serve higher than the $4,000 cost per participant but DEED will not grant DEED funds for more than $4,000 per participant. To calculate the cost per participant, take the total amount of funds requested by DEED and divide it by the total number served.

    Q: Do have an example of an existing FastTRAC model that is successfully sustainable?
    A: We do not have a model that is fully sustainable; there are portions of Adult Basic Education that has been sustained by their funding mechanism. Tuition has been covered by financial aid benefits in some cases as well. We have also seen co-enrollment in WIA Adult as a plan for sustainability as it assists with supportive services, tuition where necessary and if the Navigator is also the WIA employment counselor this helps with the cost of the Navigator. 

    Q: In lieu of a letter of commitment from partners, can I attach a standing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) instead?
    A: The RFP specifically asks for letters of commitment from partners regarding their participation and commitment to your programming efforts.

    Q: Hiawatha Valley ABE is currently working with an Adult Workforce Development program grant - as this P2P grant is a combining of these grants and the FASTTRAC grant programs - should we propose a enhanced project or an emerging project?
    A: Only enhanced grants are those agencies with FastTRAC grants looking to enhance those efforts. This being said, it appears you should be requesting an emerging tiered proposal.

    Q: One of our large manufacturers is located across the river in Wisconsin - can they be a part of the IRT team?
    A: They can be part of your programming efforts.

    Q: Do participants have to be from Minnesota?
    A: Participants need to be MN residents.

    Q: For budget - is it $300,000 evenly divided between two years?
    A: With this RFP, what has been proposed in legislation is that the $300,000 award would be for both years or until spent. 

    Q: For the emerging project category, can you clarify what ‘integration’ of both Bridge Programming and Enhanced Academic instruction means? Does this require that an ABE instructor and a postsecondary instructor be co-teaching in the same classroom?
    A: This means that projects within the emerging category must include both Bridge Programming and Enhanced Academic Instruction within the model. This is an option for the Enhanced Academic Instruction, and could also be incorporated into the Bridge Programming if the program design requires it.

    Q: What do you mean by “other progress goals as defined by the local partnership?”
    A: Programs may implement additional goals for participants to achieve.

    Q: Can people above x reading level still be included if we determine that they do not need further testing?
    A: If an individual is above a specified reading level, the proposal must identify how the individual is part of the target population and eligible for services.

    Q: Top of page 12: “educational institution needs- under-enrolled programs, programs with high withdraw/allure rates…” What does this mean? Are you looking for increased enrollments in failing programs or under enrolled programs? What are these 2 examples?
    A:  At times there are post-secondary classes that have high withdrawal rates yet provide training for occupations in demand. This may be worth exploring in your P2P proposal to determine if this is the correct approach to providing the enhanced services individuals need to successfully complete the coursework and enter into occupations in demand. 

    Q: Any consideration for partners who are working with incumbent workers in an internal pathway as they will already be employed?
    A: There may be times when incumbent workers (who are under-employed with high barriers) are enrolled in programming. This being said, P2P is not designed to provide incumbent worker training as a whole.

    Q: On page 7 under enhanced academic instruction can you clarify what prior learning assessment is? Is it TBE, CASAS, etc.?
    A: A post-secondary institution has the ability to determine if they will award college level credits for an individual’s prior learning. We would support this activity, as well as credit level coursework within Pathways to Prosperity programming.

    Q: It states that all participants must meet at least one of the criteria below…
    These populations include people:
    ---- of color;
    ---- experiencing housing insecurity;
    ---- with a criminal record;
    ---- lacking a high school diploma or equivalent;
    ---- with disabilities;
    ---- unemployed for 26 or more consecutive weeks; and
    ---- possessing inadequate language or math skills.
    I notice that low income and under-employed persons are not included – would those be considered additional eligibility criteria that could be applied by local programs?
    A: Please note the language in the RFP directly below the bulleted points you listed above. It is as follows: “Within the populations listed above, special consideration should be provided to Veterans, those returning to work after receiving public assistance, low-income, and older workers.” This language would include populations that are low-income and/or under-employed.

    Q: And how is “inadequate language or math skills” defined?
    A: Inadequate language or math skills could be identified via a Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Accuplacer, or another form of assessment that demonstrates an individual’s current language or math skills need remediation in order for the participant to be successful in the training program you are proposing.

    Q: Are you under a “do not” discuss order regarding the RFP that was just released? I know there is a bidders webinar next week but just one quick question regarding a statement in the RPR referring the enhanced academic instruction and “must address a plan for participants to achieve non-credit and/or credit bearing coursework 12-16 college credits… not clear how we should interpret this? As you know our current pathway projects are not at that high of a credit threshold so does that mean we need to revamp all our pathways?
    A: The statement you are referring to is states that P2P pathways should address a plan as to how their efforts (credit or non-credit) align with post-secondary pathways. This does not mean that every program must provide 12-16 credits, however plans should show how they align or articulate within post-secondary efforts.

    Q: Can an organization be a partner in more than one proposal?
    A: Yes

    Q: Can an organization submit 2 proposals?
    A: Yes, however it may be a good idea to combine the two pathways into one if possible.

    Q: Will the MN Pathways to Prosperity Bidder’s Conference be recorded and posted online?
    A: Yes. This will be posted online along with all FAQ’s related to this RFP. 

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    These are the questions and answers from the Pathways to Prosperity Bidder’s Conference, held Monday, April 13, 2015. Or listen to an audio recording of the question/answer portion of the webinar.

    Q: Who do we call regarding follow up questions?
    A: All questions should be in written form and directed to AdultCompetitiveGrants.DEED@state.mn.us.

    Q: If someone does not have a FastTRAC funded grant now, can they apply for an enhanced grant?
    A: No, you must apply for the emerging tier.

    Q: Do we get less money for emerging tier?
    A: There is a lower cap for proposals of the emerging tier, but if you work with both a metro and greater MN population and partners, you may come in for a higher budget in this tier.

    Q: Is income a qualifier for participant eligibility?
    A: It can be because we are trying to tackle populations that have high barriers to employment and services. This program can also serve those who are underemployed, even if they are currently working. Document your criteria for eligibility and make it consistent for everyone. All participants must fall into one of the targeted populations listed in the RFP.

    Q: Will each grantee be expected to reach all program and participant outcomes?
    A:  Yes, the grantee has to meet them. We understand there will be individuals that will not reach their goals, but as a program, you will be held to performance standards.

    Q: To what extent does the number of people to be enrolled in the grant play a role in if the grant is funded? How important is that number to the state?
    A: You can serve a lower number of people at a higher quality. Quality for the customers and community over quantity. It’s great to serve more people but you must reach goals and serve appropriately. Ultimately, it is up to the applicant to decide how many people to serve.

    Q: Can a partnership submit more than one application? An enhanced for existing model; and an emerging with a second group of partners?
    A: No, eligibility for the two tiers are based on the organization’s current status with the MN FastTRAC Adult Careers Pathways program. All organizations currently receiving a grant under MN FastTRAC must apply in the Enhanced tier. All other organizations must apply in the Emerging Tier.

    Q: Are universal enrollment papers going to be created since we all must use WF1?
    A: The provider can create and use their own and include it in the proposal if necessary.

    Q: Why does page 10’s list of targeted populations look different from the definitions on page 28?
    A: Page 10 lists who you should target; page 28 is the general definition. The bulleted list on page 10 are the targeted populations; within those target populations, you may give special consideration to others listed below the bulleted list on page 10.

    Q: Any movement on getting PWIR approved for this model?
    A: No, we are not written into the legislation that allows this program to have that.

    Q: If we have had a MN FastTRAC grant in the past and come in for a grant are we considered enhanced or emerging?
    A: Enhanced since the history for a MN FastTRAC grant already exists. Performance of previous grants will be used in determining future funding.

    Q: Is DEED’s plan to issue a subsequent RFP annually for smaller amounts of money to further enhance current projects?
    A: There are funds that will overlap but provider must apply each year for those funds.

    Q: What are the expected performance outcomes?
    A: DEED is still working on that. We are letting the field determine that based on proposals that come in, in addition to looking at current Adult Workforce Development Program and FastTRAC performance standards, then try to be in that neighborhood.

    Q: If we do not current have a FastTRAC grant, do we apply for the emerging tier?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Could someone who does not have a GED or High School Diploma participate?
    A: Yes! They certainly can.

    Q: How do we know that wages are family sustaining?
    A: This will look different for each individual depending on family size, expenses, cost of living, etc. You can help your participant determine this.

    Q: For agencies who have multiple sources for funding, do they give numbers for entire project or just what DEED is funding?
    A: Provide what impact just this funding will do for the participants. You will be expected to report your leveraged funding expended on a quarterly basis with quarterly progress reports, but with your monthly fiscal reports, only your DEED funds should be reported.

    Q: Will decisions be weighed on previous organization performance?
    A: Yes, the team may very well look at past performance to verify that the agency goes through with what they say.

    Q: What are the max amounts for serving both metro and greater MN for enhanced and emerging?
    A:  $400,000 for the Emerging tier and $450,000 for the Enhanced tier.

    Q: Can we have stacked pathways? One is a prerequisite of the other? Separate grant for components of the same larger project. How can we customize that type of grant?
    A: It may not be entertained since it would not fit into our parameters. This is where your leveraged funding would be of best use to bridge program pieces.  Your proposal should encompass the entire path of the participant from beginning to employment.

    Q: Under bridge programming where it says “entry level credentials,” how do you look at things like NCRC or Northstar Digital literacy credentials and other credentials?
    A: Those are valuable assessments, but they are not considered industry recognized credentials.

    Q: When is the last day we can get questions in about regarding the RFP?
    A: No later than 48 hours before proposals are due: May 5th by 4:00 pm.

    Q: If on July 1, there are people on the pathway, how do you define enrollment?
    A: You would not put existing enrollments into the new grant. We cannot pay for anything that happened prior to the pathways grant without having existing grants to take care of the clients. This grant and your proposal must address the entire plan of the participants from beginning to employment. 

    Q: Some clients have a degree but are looking for a job (veterans, immigrants who have prior degrees from another country) can we serve them?
    A: Assess why they aren’t able to be employed. The counselor would have to make that determination to see what the customer is lacking that is preventing them from becoming employed. Design the pathway to see what they need to be marketable.

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  • Minnesota Job Skills Partnership

    Here is the Notice of Contract and link to the Request for Proposal (RFP), for this solicitation. Deadline: 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 4, 2015, for Partnership and Pathways applications; Short Form applications are due by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

    Notice of Contract

    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Board, is requesting applications for grant funding for incumbent worker and new worker training programs. MJSP will accept applications for the following programs: Partnership, Pathways, and Short Form.

    Request for Proposal

    -- Download the RFP.

    Submission Deadline

    Deadline for submission of Partnership and Pathways applications is 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 4, 2015; deadline for submission of Short Form applications is 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Late proposals will NOT be considered.

    One original plus five copies must be submitted to:

    Department of Employment and Economic Development
    Business and Community Development Division
    Minnesota Job Skills Partnership
    1st National Bank Building
    332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
    St. Paul, MN 55101

    Contact Information

    Call 651-259-7514.

    This request does not obligate the State of Minnesota to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation.  All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

  • Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Program

    Here is the Notice of Contract and link to the Request for Proposal (RFP), for this solicitation. Deadline: 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015.

    Notice of Contract

    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Office of Brownfields and Redevelopment, is requesting applications for grant funding for contaminated site projects through the Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Program.

    Request for Proposal

    -- Download the RFP.

    Submission Deadline

    Deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015. No late proposals will be considered.

    Three complete sets of application documents are required for each project (one original on paper, one additional set on paper and a third on CD or other memory device). They must be submitted to:

    Department of Employment and Economic Development
    Business and Community Development Division
    Office of Brownfields and Redevelopment
    1st National Bank Building
    332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
    St. Paul, MN 55101

    Contact Information

    Call 651-259-7449.

    This request does not obligate the State of Minnesota to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation.  All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

  • Minnesota Youth at Work Competitive Grants

    Here is the Notice of Contract and link to the Request for Proposal (RFP), for this solicitation. Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 4, 2015. However, a Letter of Intent to apply for these funds should be submitted by Friday, February 27, 2015.

    Notice of Contract

    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announces the availability of an estimated $2,705,600 in state funding to:

    • Provide summer and/or year-round work experience and introduction to career pathways for economically disadvantaged or at-risk youth, ages 14 through 24 (including those who are out-of-school and/or involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, residing in MFIP households, youth with disabilities, youth from communities of color who are under-represented in the workforce, homeless and/or runaway youth).
    • Promote mastery of work readiness competencies and 21st Century skills, as demonstrated through workplace portfolios and other assessments.
    • Introduce and promote career pathways and skill acquisition (academic and work readiness) through project-based instruction.
    • Increase exposure to in-demand jobs important to regional economies.
    • Provide high-quality worksites and overall participant and employer satisfaction.

    Grant awards may range up to $850,000. Eligible applicants must be youth-serving organizations with significant capacity, demonstrable youth development experience and outcomes to operate a youth workforce development project during the contract period. Consideration will be given to proposals which include private sector internships and/or work experience in the private sector; provide students with information about education and training requirements for careers in high-growth, in-demand occupations; emphasize services to youth from communities of color who are under-represented in the workforce; and/or serve youth with disabilities.

    Request for Proposal

    -- Download the RFP. Alternative formats are available upon request; see the contact information below.

    Submission Deadline

    DEED is requesting interested applicants submit a Letter of Intent to apply for these funds, which should be received by DEED no later than close of business on Friday, February 27, 2015. The final proposal is to be received by DEED no later than 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 4, 2015. Late proposals will NOT be considered.

    Email documents, in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats ONLY, to: John.R.Olson@state.mn.us

    Contact Information

    John Olson
    Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    Workforce Development Division/Office of Youth Development
    First National Bank Building
    332 Minnesota Street, Suite E-200
    St. Paul, Minnesota   55101-1351
    John.R.Olson@state.mn.us or 651/259-7547

    NOTE: Questions and answers regarding this RFP will be posted to the Youth at Work Competitive Grants webpage.

    This request does not obligate the State of Minnesota to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation.  All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

  • Introduction to Blindness and Visual Impairment Phase II Training

    Here is the Notice of Contract and a link to the Request for Proposal (RFP), for this solicitation. Deadline: 3:00 p.m., Monday, September 2, 2019. 

    Notice of Contract

    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is requesting proposals for the purpose of providing State Services for the Blind staff with:

        A) A six-week "Introduction to Blindness and Visual Impairment - Phase II" training under the blindfold program, with curriculum content covering topics in communication skills; travel training; independent living skills; and facilitated, structured group discussion.

        B) A one-week "Introduction to Blindness and Visual Impairment - Phase II" training using vision-loss simulators in order to gain perspective on how common eye conditions affect customers and the relative value and importance of alternative techniques, covering topics in communication skills, travel training and and independent living skills.

        C) Optional training daily and weekly rate. Occasionally an individual staff is hired in a position that does not necessitate the entire six weeks of Phase II training, but the employee would benefit from some exposure to the training as defined under A and B.

    Request for Proposal

    -- Download the RFP.

    Submission Deadline

    The deadline for submission of RFP is 3:00 p.m., Monday, September 2, 2019. No late proposals will be considered. Proposals sent by fax or email will not be considered.

    Work is proposed to start after execution of the Master Contract. This request does not obligate the State of Minnesota to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

    Contact Information

    Jennifer Beilke, Program Administrator
    Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    State Services for the Blind
    Email: Jennifer.Beilke@state.mn.us
    Phone: 651-539-2273

  • Export Development Funding

    Here is the Notice of Contract, and a link to the Request for Proposal (RFP), for this solicitation. Proposals are accepted until all funds are committed.

    Notice of Contract

    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has received a State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, to increase the number of small businesses exporting and the value of exports from small businesses in Minnesota. DEED's Trade Office is soliciting applications for funding for eligible small businesses to participate in export development activities.

    Request for Proposal

    Download the RFP.

    Application Deadline

    Applications are accepted until all funds are committed. Send to:

    STEP Program Director
    Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    Minnesota Trade Office
    1st National Bank Building
    332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
    St. Paul, MN 55101
     
    For complete information on the STEP Grant Program, see the Export Financing Programs webpage. For assistance, call 651-259-7495.
     
    This request does not obligate DEED to provide funding or to fund the full estimated dollar amount. DEED may withdraw this opportunity at any time if such action is in the interest of the State of Minnesota.
  • PT - Disability Determination Services

    Here is the Notice of Contract, and a link to the Request for Proposal (RFP)—also called a Request for Application—for this professional/technical (PT) services solicitation. This is an ongoing solicitation process.

    Notice of Contract

    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Disability Determination Services (DDS) Office, is requesting proposals from qualified applicants to work as medical contractors reviewing the disability claims of Minnesotans who have applied for Social Security Disability benefits.

    Applicants will be selected according to qualifications as stated in the application and as determined by DDS need for consultants by specialty.

    Request for Proposal

    Download the RFP: [PDF RFP] or [Word RFP].

    Application Deadline

    This is an ongoing solicitation process, with no deadline. Responses must be in writing; fax or emailed proposals will not be considered.

    Send responses to:

    Milla Kokotovich
    Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    Disability Determination Services
    121 East 7th Place
    St Paul, MN 55101

    For questions, call 1-800-657-3575 or 651-259-7781; fax 651-259-7884; or email Milla.Kokotovich@ssa.gov or Milla.Kokotovich@state.mn.us.

    This request does not obligate the state to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The state reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

Major Awards

These are some of the more-recent major grants awarded by DEED.

  • Adult Workforce Dev. Competitive Grant Prog. Awards - SFY 2014-2015

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    Background
    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is committed to increasing skills development and employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed Minnesotans, with a special emphasis on providing resources to populations and communities with barriers to employment.

    During the 2012 session, legislators authorized $3,283,000 each year from the General and Workforce Development funds for DEED to implement an adult workforce development competitive grant program.

    DEED developed and targeted the grant program to serve job seekers who have barriers to employment and populations with identified employment disparities; minority population ethnic groups; veterans; older workers; Minnesotans in transition to work from public assistance; and workers with disabilities, including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Providers will focus on employment assistance activities such as job training, job placement and job readiness skills development.

    Total Funding Available and Awarded: $6,237,700 to support 24 organizations in serving 3,041 individuals
    Total Amount Requested: $20,326,004
    from 37 organizations seeking to serve 9,609 individuals

    Demographic breakdown of full proposals:

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    Note: Number of proposals will not total 37 as most proposals sought to serve multiple populations.
    “Other” refers to a target population not listed in the RFP, e.g. ex-offenders.

    Summary of Funding Requested and Awarded: Of the 37 proposals received, 24 were selected to receive funding.

    • Range of funding requests: $143,520 - $800,000, with an average of $558,986.05;
    • Range of funding awards: $100,000 - $400,000, with an average of $259,904.17.

    Timeline:

    • Release of the request for proposals: Monday, July 1, 2013
    • 45 statements of intent received: Friday, July 12, 2013, 4 p.m.
    • Bidder’s webinar: Thursday, July 18, 2013
    • 37 full proposals received: Friday, August 2, 2013, 4 p.m.
    • Review and selection period: Monday, August 5 – Monday, August 26, 2013
    • Notification to applicants: Friday, September 6, 2013[*]
    • DEED staff and grant recipients will establish contracts effective ASAP, no later than October 1.

    Synopsis of Evaluation Process:
    The evaluation team consisted of a dozen agency program experts representing six different units across the agency: Adult Services, Dislocated Worker/Trade Adjustment Assistance, Office of Innovation, Rehabilitation Services, Veterans’ Employment and Program Monitoring.

    Proposals received a reading and were scored by at least five members of this team, using the criteria established in the Request for Proposals. High and low scores for each proposal were removed and final score calculation was based on the average of remaining review team scores.

    Funding level analysis:

    • To ensure effective funding levels for a two-year period, no project could receive more than $400,000, and no project could receive less than $100,000;
    • Regions represented by fewer proposals received special consideration to ensure broad geographic impact;
    • While all target populations represent groups with barriers to employment, the evaluation team worked to distribute funding to address multiple populations; and
    • Most projects were scalable; the evaluation team recommended funding levels based on that capacity.

    The results of this system are:

    1. Twenty-four proposals identified for funding to serve at least 3,041 individuals who have barriers to employment;
    2. Emphasis on selected target populations outlined on page 1;
    3. Statewide impact, with the chosen proposals representing geographic diversity; and
    4. Increased leveraging of funding from other sources

    Next steps:

    Grantee organizations are required to attend an orientation and training to be held in early October.

    For more information, please contact Anthony Alongi ( Anthony.Alongi@state.mn.us ) or Annie Welch ( Annie.Welch@state.mn.us ).


    [*] Delayed from originally planned date of Friday, August 30, due to large number of high-quality proposals and rigorous process.

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  • Adult Workforce Development Grant Awards - SFY 2013

    Proposals Recommended for Funding

    Organization

    Target Population to Serve

    Area to Serve

    Previous Pass-through Funding

    Requested Funding

    Recommended Funding

    Lifetrack Resources

    Refugees and Immigrants; individuals who identify with minority groups

    Twin Cities Metropolitan area and Southern Minnesota

    $300,000

    $400,000.00

    $300,000

    Minnesota Employment Center (MEC), Rise Inc.

    Individuals who are deaf, deaf blind, or hard of hearing

    19 county direct service area including the Twin Cities, Central MN, and northeaster, MN (Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Duluth metro areas. All of Minnesota supported via distance service technologies).

    $320,000

    $400,000.00

    $300,000

    RESOURCE

    ALL Target Populations

    Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Duluth, and St. Cloud

    n/a

    $400,000.00

    $300,000

    Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council

    ALL Target Populations

    Southwest Minnesota (WSA 6)

    n/a

    $400,000.00

    $300,000

    Twin Cities RISE!

    Low-income Adults

    Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

    $455,000

    $400,000.00

    $300,000

    Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services

    Older workers, targeting veterans and individuals who identify with minority groups

    Central Minnesota (WSA 5)

    n/a

    $268,400.00

    $263,110

    Goodwill/Easter Seals

    ALL Target Populations

    Seven county metro area focusing on Dakota and Ramsey County communities

    n/a

    $346,581.12

    $200,000

    Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency

    Individuals returning to work from public assistance, women; also anticipate working with a number of other targeted groups; individuals living with disabilities, veterans and individuals who identify with minority ethnic/race groups

    Lake County (NE Minnesota)

    n/a

    $185,722.00

    $180,432

    International Institute of Minnesota

    Refugees and Immigrants

    St. Paul and Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs

    n/a

    $160,000.00

    $154,708

    American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center

    ALL Target Populations

    Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

    Part of $1,375,000 for all OICs

    $400,000.00

    $100,000

    Project for Pride in Living, Inc.

    Racial and ethnic minorities, individuals living with disabilities, low income individuals moving into the workforce out of public support programs, and veterans

    Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

    n/a

    $400,000.00

    $100,000

    SOAR Careers

    Unemployed/underemployed adults, adults living below the poverty level, individuals living with disabilities, mental health diagnoses, and individuals who identify with minority ethnic and race groups.

    Duluth and the surrounding metro area

    n/a

    $123,805.00

    $100,000

    Total Funding Requested and Awarded:

    $3,884,508

    $2,598,250

    Overview
    These grants are from the Minnesota Adult Workforce Development Grant Pilot Program, authorized by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2011 legislative session. Grant funds area available July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

    The request for proposal placed an emphasis on legislatively mandated populations:

    · Individuals living with disabilities

    · Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing; and

    · Individuals who are returning to work after receiving public assistance

    as well as suitable considerations for

    · Veterans

    · Older workers

    · Populations identifying with minority groups

    The rigorous evaluation of proposals was done by a multidisciplinary team of experts from throughout DEED. View a synopsis of the evaluation process .

    By the Numbers
    Total funding available and awarded was $2,598,250. The total amount requested was $12,592,233.

    · 55 letters of intent were submitted on or before February 9, 2012.

    · 45 full proposals were submitted on or before March 2, 2012

    Geographic Breakdown of Full Proposals

    · Three proposals to serve residents throughout all of Minnesota

    · Four proposals to serve residents within a part of the Twin Cities and a separate, additional part of Minnesota

    · Seventeen proposals to serve residents of Greater Minnesota

    · Twenty-one proposals to serve residents in some combination of counties within or directly surrounding the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan area.

    Demographic Breakdown of Full Proposals

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    Summary of Funding Requested and Awarded
    Of the 45 proposals received, 12 were selected to receive funding.

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    Profiles of Grant Recipients

    Lifetrack Resources in St. Paul and southeast Minnesota: $300,000
    Lifetrack Resources, working in partnership as a CAREER collaborative with Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) in Rochester, MN and Vietnamese Social Services (VSS) in St. Paul, will provide individualized employment services to 550 refugees, immigrants, and asylees with legal work authorization through the CAREER program.

    Contact: Diane Heldt, 651-265-2339.

    Minnesota Employment Center for Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing (MEC)
    Statewide Initiative: $300,000
    MEC, in partnership with Rise, Inc., will continue to provide job placement and post-employment retention services for adults who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing in the Twin Cities, central Minnesota, and northeastern Minnesota, with greater Minnesota supported via distance service technologies. MEC specializes in support of deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing job seekers and incumbent workers who have multiple disabilities and communication barriers to competitive employment.

    Contact: Don Lavin, 763-783-2815

    RESOURCE in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, St. Cloud, and Duluth: $300,000
    Pathways to Advancement is a business-driven initiative to train and place low-income adults with barriers to self-sufficiency in jobs from three high-growth areas of the economy: core manufacturing , healthcare, and business service/support. This project will serve individuals with physical, sensory, and behavioral health disabilities including individuals who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing, individuals returning to work from public assistance, veterans, older workers, and racial/ethnic minorities.

    Contact: Carrie Scheffler, 612-752-8833.

    Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council: $300,000
    The Adult Career Transitions Project in Southwest Minnesota is designed to provide fundamental job skills training tailored to the needs of employers in the high job growth industries of manufacturing and food processing, healthcare, and energy in southwest Minnesota. This project will offer comprehensive training to participants who traditionally face barrier to successful employment.

    Contact: Juanita Lauritsen, 507-537-6987

    Twin Cities RISE! In the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area: $300,000
    Twin Cities RISE! will support 350 low-income adults – primarily men from communities of color – in a comprehensive training program designed for those facing the most barriers to employment success and long-term financial independence. Elements of the program include personal empowerment skills training, which is a core program element that focuses on emotional intelligence and personal development; employer services, which helps to develop strong relationships with employers; and work skills coaching, which assists each participant one-on-one as advisors and mentors, supporting progress, and identifying support service needs.

    Contact: Art Berman, 612-338-0295

    Central Minnesota Jobs and Training (CMJTS): $263,110
    Through this project, CMJTS will expand and enhance services to 100 older workers in CMJTS’ Workforce Service Area, offering credentialed training opportunities and the financial support services necessary for older workers to achieve their employment and training goals. The REAL Deal Senior Employment Project will give priority of service to the older worker that is a veteran, disabled, over the age of 65, homeless or near homeless, identifying with a minority race or ethnic group or living with a low literacy level.

    Contact: Tony Thomann, 763-271-3720

    Goodwill/Easter Seals in Dakota and Ramsey counties: $200,000
    G/ESM and its partners will serve 165 individuals in the new Business Career Pathways Project which will focus on business-related occupations and sectors. Participants will be able to enter a variety of training and education programs that best fit their academic needs and career interests. G/ESM will assign two Career Navigators to support the job counselors, instructors, service providers in meeting participants’ needs for wrap around services.

    Contact: Sheila Olson, 651-379-5864.

    Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency in Lake County: $180,432
    The Lake County Workforce Development Initiative will provide comprehensive training to 25 Lake County residents targeting people on public assistance or those who are returning to work after receiving public assistance. Training will include ABE Bridge programming, goal-setting assistance through Steps to Economic and Personal Success (STEPS), and a paid internship. Program participants will either earn a Customized Training Certificate or a one-year degree in welding from Mesabi Range community and Technical College.

    Contact: Julie Greenly, 218-749-2912, ext. 250

    International Institute of Minnesota
    St. Paul and Minneapolis and Surrounding Suburbs: $154,708
    The Medical Careers Pathway Program uses a sectoral employment approach, focusing on medical training programs and careers. The project has three components, including a Nursing Assistant Training which is a job training and job placement program; College Readiness which is a training that prepares entry-level medical workers with intensive academic preparation including reading, writing, computer, and math skills for higher education; and Medical Career Advancement, which provides program participants with educational case management with comprehensive counseling and ongoing support through their college education

    Contact: Michael Donahue, 651-647-0191, ext. 318

    American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center
    Twin Cities Metropolitan Area: $100,000
    The Adult and Training and Employment Program creates a direct pipeline from assessment to employment. By working with area employers to develop training and employment services, AIOIC will assure that 250 participants have expected skill-sets for employment and that the training for such skills are incorporated into training activities. Combined with comprehensive employment services, participants are highly competitive in the workforce.

    Contact: Joe Hobot, 612.341.3358, ext. 149

    Project for Pride in Living in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area: $100,000
    This project will serve 225 individuals through Advancing Long-Term Healthcare Training, featuring certificate-granting, job-training programs that assist individuals in gaining skills and competencies to retain and/or advance employment in healthcare with a special focus on long-term healthcare.

    Contact: Julie Brekke, 612-455-5207.

    SOAR Career Solutions in Duluth: $100,000
    The Duluth Manufacturing Pathways project will provide integrated technical instruction and bridge programming needed for 30 adults to secure living-wage welding and machining jobs with career advancement opportunities in the Duluth area job market. This project builds on a strong and established formal partnership between SOAR, the Adult Learning Center, Lake Superior College and the Duluth WorkForce Center.

    Contact: Rebecca Ellenson, 218-722-3126.