Federal Competitive Application

WIOA requires that each state run a competitive process for federal AEFLA funds. In Minnesota this competitive process took place in the spring of 2017 and 2022, and included submission of applications from eligible providers, followed by a review process that included both official grant reviewers from within the field of ABE, as well as feedback from local workforce boards. 

The funds awarded through the federal competitive application were awarded for a period of 6 years, so it is anticipated that there will be another federal competition in the spring of 2028.

The narrative questions from the federal competitive application (spring 2017) are available in this Federal Competitive Application, Narrative Questions document.

The following providers have been awarded federal ABE funding by the Minnesota Department of Education, through this competitive process (note that providers are listed by fiscal agent entity):

  • Alexandria Public Schools
  • American Indian OIC
  • Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools
  • Arrowhead Ecomonic Opportunity Agency
  • Bloomington Public Schools
  • Brainerd Public Schools
  • Burnsville Public Schools
  • Cass Lake-Bena Public Schools
  • Detroit Lakes Public Schools
  • Duluth Public Schools
  • Farmington Public Schools
  • Hopkins Public Schools
  • Lakeville Public Schools
  • Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools
  • Mankato Public Schools
  • Marshall Public Schools
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections
  • Monticello Public Schools
  • Moorhead Public Schools
  • North St. Paul-Maplewood Public Schools
  • Northwest Service Cooperative
  • Osseo Public Schools
  • Red Wing Public Schools
  • Robbinsdale Public Schools
  • Rochester Public Schools
  • Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools
  • Owatonna Public Schools
  • South St. Paul Public Schools
  • South Washington County Public Schools
  • Southwest Metro Intermediate District
  • St. Cloud Public Schools
  • St. Paul Public Schools
  • ThinkSelf, Inc.
  • Tri County Community Corrections
  • Willmar Public Schools


Applications for federal AEFLA funds submitted in 2022 by awarded grantees can be accessed here. 2017 applications can be accessed here.