The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has awarded ten grants totaling nearly $2 million to organizations that help low-income parents in Minnesota secure better-paying jobs. The grants were among the 134 grants totaling more than $13 million that the foundation made in the third quarter.
In its latest round of grants, the foundation, which has a long history of supporting employment programs, focused on funding organizations that deliver training and support to those working to keep jobs and advance on a career track. The nonprofits that received grants, including the Minneapolis-based HIRED and the West Central Minnesota Initiative Fund, provide training in language and core skills to help workers advance in manufacturing positions; help teen parents secure and keep living wage jobs; and offer career planning and family support to low-income employees. Some 1,500 to 2,000 parents in Minnesota are expected to benefit from the programs.
"Our continued support of workforce development in Minnesota gains importance as reports of layoffs and a potential economic downturn increase," said McKnight board chair Noa Staryk. "The workers most at risk during an economic slowdown would be those with the fewest skills and the greatest obstacles to staying on the job. It is more important than ever to ensure these parents have the job skills, support, and career plans to succeed."