Green Jobs Cash Is Up For Grabs In Minnesota

The Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership (MSESP) plans to hand out up to $250,000 to individual state businesses and organizations that can help train or place workers in energy efficiency and renewable energy jobs. The funds are part of an overall $1.6 million the organization plans to spend on the program.

MSESP is accepting proposals from Minnesota businesses showing how they can providing training, job placement or other services that will result in job creation in the renewable energy sector. Proposals  that address supporting sectors and suppliers will also be considered. Anywhere from $25,000 up to $250,000 will be awarded to individual organizations.

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MSESP is part of the Governor’s Workforce Development Council (GWDC), which is funded by a three-year, $6 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to provide training, job placement and related activities in the energy-efficiency and renewable energy industries.

Interested businesses must first submit a letter of intent by Nov. 30 to be considered for funding. Full proposals are due no later than Dec. 16. More information, including the request for proposal, can be found on the GWDC website.

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Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.