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SF 2000

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/10/2017 09:44am

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A bill for an act
relating to economic development; appropriating money for a nonprofit
infrastructure, workforce development, and partnerships program.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. APPROPRIATION; NONPROFITS ASSISTANCE FUND.

Subdivision 1.

Grants authorized.

The commissioner of employment and economic
development shall issue a grant to Nonprofits Assistance Fund to provide financial
capacity-building support to small, culturally specific organizations that primarily serve
historically underserved cultural communities.

Subd. 2.

Qualified organizations.

(a) Nonprofits Assistance Fund may award grants to
independent nonprofit organizations under Internal Revenue Code, section 501(c)(3) that:

(1) have an annual organizational budget of less than $500,000;

(2) are culturally specific organizations that primarily serve historically underserved
cultural communities; and

(3) are able to identify a specific infrastructure project meeting the requirements of
subdivision 3 with a measurable outcome.

(b) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "historically underserved cultural communities" include African-American,
Asian-American, Latino American, and American Indian populations, or any combination
of these populations; and

(2) "culturally specific organization" means the organization is led by a person from a
historically underserved cultural community and at least 51 percent of the organization's
staff or board members are from historically underserved cultural communities.

Subd. 3.

Grant requirements.

(a) Grants awarded to qualified organizations under
subdivision 2 must be used for the following:

(1) organizational infrastructure improvement, including developing database management
systems and financial systems, or other administrative needs that increase the organization's
ability to access new funding sources;

(2) organizational workforce development, including hiring culturally competent staff,
training and skills development, and other methods of increasing staff capacity; or

(3) creation or expansion of partnerships with existing organizations that have specialized
expertise in order to increase the capacity of the grantee organization to improve services
for the community. For the purpose of these partnerships, eligible partner organizations
may be faith-based groups, schools, health care clinics, government agencies, or for-profit
entities.

(b) Nonprofits Assistance Fund must provide special outreach for culturally-specific
organizations located in or serving communities outside the metropolitan area as defined
under Minnesota Statutes, 473.121, subdivision 2.

(c) As much as practicable, grants must be distributed equally among racial groups, and
throughout the state.

Subd. 4.

Appropriation.

$1,500,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $1,500,000 in fiscal year
2019 are appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of employment and
economic development for the capacity building program to award a grant to the Nonprofits
Assistance Fund under this section. This appropriation is available either year and until
expended. Of this amount, ten percent may be used by the Nonprofits Assistance Fund for
administration costs and providing technical assistance to potential grantees.

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