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United States: Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) Grant Program (Minnesota)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted September 12, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on September 26, 2021
Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) logo
Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) logo

The Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) Grant Program aims to provide services that encourage and assist women to enter high-wage, high-demand, nontraditional occupations including but not limited to those in the skilled trades and STEM occupations to increase the number of women in high-wage, high-demand, and nontraditional occupations.

Within DEED’s Employment & Training Division, Adult Career Pathways programs will be focused on awarding proposals that place an emphasis on the following three themes:
• Equity:
Adult Career Pathways programs seek to build an inclusive, skilled workforce and reduce disparities based on race, disability, and gender;
• Innovation:
Adult Career Pathways programs recognize that new solutions must be developed to respond to new and ongoing challenges in the workforce and communities;
• Performance:
Adult Career Pathways programs are built on a foundation of partnerships, most significantly between program providers and employers.

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Eligible Organizations include:
1. Community-based organizations experienced in serving women;
2. Employers;
3. Business and trade associations;
4. Labor unions and employee organizations;
5. Registered apprenticeship programs;
6. Secondary and postsecondary education institutions located in Minnesota;
7. Workforce and economic development agencies.

Proposed services must serve women in one or more of the following categories:
a) Women of color (American Indian, Asian, Black, or Hispanic) over age 18;
b) Girls of color (American Indian, Asian, Black, or Hispanic) age 16-18;
c) Women over age 50;
d) Low-income women.

Organizations may apply for up to USD$150,000 each year, for a maximum of USD$300,000.

Priority will be given to programs that encourage and assist women of color.

This grant does not allow the purchase of equipment over $5,000.

Proposals must be received by 5:00pm (CST) on September 27, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Sep 12
Sep 12

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed grants opportunities that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Sep 13
Sep 13

Thanks, Ana.