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Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) grant

The Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) requests grant applications from Minnesota employers interested in expanding existing registered apprenticeship programs or creating new registered apprenticeship programs in the industries of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, information technology and transportation.

Read more about MAI and see a list of employers already taking part in the initiative.

Grant eligibility

Minnesota employers within the industries of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, information technology and transportation and 30 occupations are eligible to apply for a MAI grant.

Employers may receive up to $5,000 for each apprentice to cover costs associated with apprenticeship support activities in three categories:

  • Apprentice supplies and materials;
  • Related instruction costs; and
  • Establishment of employer’s registered apprenticeship infrastructure.

Employers are eligible for reimbursement after the apprentice has been in the program for at least 90 days.

Industries and occupations

Employers may use a MAI grant to expand or create new registered apprenticeship programs within these industries and occupations:

Advanced Manufacturing


Health Care

Information Technology


  • CNC machinist
  • Maintenance technician
  • Food quality safety
  • Laser
  • Welding
  • Maskers
  • Rackers
  • Platers
  • Customer service engineer
  • Industrial specialist for process technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Automation expert
  • Line supervisor
  • Production manager
  • Sow farm manager
  • Nursery finish manager
  • Medical assistance
  • Health support specialist
  • Community health specialist
  • Certified nursing assistant with specialties in dementia, advanced, and assistant mentor
  • LPN to BSN
  • BSN to perioperative nursing specialty
  • RN
  • LPN
  • Software developer
  • Security analyst
  • Support desk specialist
  • Network systems engineer
  • Voice systems engineer
  • IT manager
  • Auto technician
  • Auto collision repair
  • Diesel mechanic
  • Ford asset mechanic
  • Maintenance mechanic


How to apply

  • Complete an application (PDF) and submit via email to MAI.Grants@state.mn.us
  • Applications are due by 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • All costs incurred by responding to this application request are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Applications must include detailed responses to all questions.
  • Frequently asked questions will be updated and posted weekly at www.dli.mn.gov/aai.asp during the open grant round.


Two optional webinars were offered to help employers apply for a MAI grant. Both webinars answered questions and walked through the application process.

Webinar details:


Grantees will be notified by mid-July 2017. If your organization is awarded a grant, a representative must attend an orientation session for an introduction to the program.

SWIFT vendor registration

Grant recipients must have a vendor number prior to the execution of the grant to receive payment from the State of Minnesota.

Application evaluation

Conflicts of interest

MAI will take steps to prevent individual and organizational conflicts of interest both in reference to applicants and reviewers. Organizational conflicts of interest occur when:

  • a grantee or applicant is unable or potentially unable to render impartial assistance or advice to MAI due to competing duties or loyalties; or
  • a grantee’s or applicant’s objectivity in carrying out the grant is or might be otherwise impaired due to competing duties or loyalties.

In cases where a conflict of interest is suspected, disclosed or discovered, the applicant or grantee will be notified and actions may be pursued, including but not limited to disqualification from eligibility for the grant award or termination of the grant agreement.

Public data

All data created or maintained by DEED and DLI as part of the evaluation process (except trade secret data and private data) will be public data after all grant agreements are executed. The only exception is that all name, address, and grant amount request of the applicants are public data once the applications are opened. All remaining data in applications (except trade secret data) will be public data after all grant agreements are executed. Data collected about individual students/employees is considered private and is not subject to a public data request, unless otherwise stated by statute or at the request of the legislative auditor.


Carrie Fink, MAI Project Manager
332 Minnesota Street, Suite #E200
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 259-7252

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