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The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) is requesting proposals for engagement and outreach activities related to expectant and new parent state wage and hour laws. Grants will promote education, outreach, communication, engagement and training to build worker and employer understanding of Minnesota laws addressing: 

  • lactating employee rights to express milk in the workplace;

  • pregnant worker rights to workplace accommodations; and

  • state pregnancy and parental leave.

Grant work will highlight 2021 statutory changes to the Women’s Economic Security Act that broadened employee rights and employer requirements. Detailed information about existing and new requirements can be found at

Up to $60,000 in total grant funding is available. The grant period of performance is from November 2021 (or the date of fully executed contracts) to April 30, 2022. Funds may be awarded to one to five organizations with a total grant amount of $60,000 to be split among awardees.

Applications will be accepted through October 19, 2021.

Information and apply

Request for proposals (RFP) 

Exhibit A: Budget and fiscal capacity

Exhibit B: Sample quarterly report

Sample grant contract

Grant questions and answers

Below are questions and answers about the WESA engagement and education grant.

Question. How many workers and employers is DLI hoping to reach with this project?

Answer. The RFP does not identify a specific number of workers or employers DLI is seeking to reach. The agency will look for proposals that can reach vulnerable workers and specific industries identified in the RFP. Reaching these groups may be limited to specific geographic areas and within existing networks or demographic groups, but could also involve more statewide impacts.


For help with technical assistance about interpreting instructions or preparing applications, contact Dave Skovholt at