Subdivision 1. Generally.
(a) The commissioner shall make grants to eligible organizations
for programs to provide education and training services to targeted youth. The purpose of these
programs is to provide specialized training and work experience for targeted youth who have
not been served effectively by the current educational system. The programs are to include a
work experience component with work projects that result in the rehabilitation, improvement, or
construction of (1) residential units for the homeless, or (2) education, social service, or health
facilities which are owned by a public agency or a private nonprofit organization.
(b) Eligible facilities must principally provide services to homeless or very low income
individuals and families, and include the following:
(1) Head Start or day care centers;
(2) homeless, battered women, or other shelters;
(3) transitional housing;
(4) youth or senior citizen centers; and
(5) community health centers.
Two or more eligible organizations may jointly apply for a grant. The commissioner shall
administer the grant program.
Subd. 2. Grant applications; awards.
Interested eligible organizations must apply to
the commissioner for the grants. The advisory committee must review the applications and
provide to the commissioner a list of recommended eligible organizations that the advisory
committee determines meet the requirements for receiving a grant. The total grant award for any
program may not exceed $150,000 per year. In awarding grants, the advisory committee and the
commissioner must give priority to:
(1) continuing and expanding effective programs by providing grant money to organizations
that are operating or have operated a successful program that meets the program purposes under
(2) distributing programs throughout the state through start-up grants for programs in areas
that are not served by an existing program.
To receive a grant under this section, the eligible organization must match the grant money
with at least an equal amount of nonstate money. The commissioner must verify that the eligible
organization has matched the grant money. Nothing in this subdivision shall prevent an eligible
organization from applying for and receiving grants for more than one program. A grant received
by an eligible organization from the federal Youthbuild Project under United States Code, title
42, section 5091, is nonstate money and may be used to meet the state match requirement.
State grant money awarded under this section may be used by grantee organizations for match
requirements of a federal Youthbuild Project.
History: 1988 c 686 art 3 s 2; 1989 c 328 art 7 s 3; 1992 c 376 art 5 s 1; 1993 c 369 s
82; 2000 c 488 art 2 s 18; 2004 c 206 s 52