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Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

2017 Labor Education Advancement Program (LEAP) Grant

Apprenticeship Minnesota announces $210,000 in grants available for the operation of Labor Education Advancement Programs (LEAP). The purpose of LEAP is to help community-based organizations increase the participation of women and minorities in registered apprenticeship. There are currently more than 11,000 active apprentices in Minnesota. However, women and minorities are underrepresented.

The grant's performance period is Jan. 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

Application deadline

Interested community-based programs that will serve the targeted population must apply by 4:30 p.m. CST, Nov. 13, 2017. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

Details and apply


Submit questions through Oct. 23, 2017, to ApprGrants.DLI@state.mn.us. Responses to questions will be posted here on or before the day after the question was received.

Questions submitted

Question: What are the minimum age requirements for the LEAP grant? I work with high school students.

Answer: Apprenticeship programs registered with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry serve and train workers who are 18 years and older. The purpose of a LEAP grant is to fund community-based organization efforts to facilitate, support and place female and minorities in registered apprenticeship programs in Minnesota. These population demographics are underrepresented in apprenticeship.

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