Diversionary Work Program (DWP)

The Diversionary Work Program (DWP) is a four-month program that helps Minnesota parents find jobs. The goal is to help parents quickly find work so that they do not need to go on the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). When families first apply for cash assistance, most will be enrolled in this program.

A copy of the 2022 -2023 County MFIP Biennial Service Agreement is available for public comment until 10/15/21.  You can request a copy by calling the Grant County Office at 218-685-8200 or you can download the document.

If you have comments regarding this place, please contact Kim Gullickson at 218-685-8200. 

  1. Eligibility
  2. Benefits
  3. Apply
This program is for families with children or pregnant women. Most people are on this program for four months. To qualify, you must meet the:
  • Income limit
  • Asset limit of $2,000
Ask a county worker for more details about income and asset limits.
All parents, including both parents in a two-parent family, must develop and sign an employment plan before your family is approved for the program. Your employment plan will consider the type of work you can do and what best meets your family situation.
You must cooperate with your employment plan and the child support office to stay on the program.

Some families are not eligible for DWP

Some families are not eligible for this program and will enroll directly into MFIP. These include families with:

  • All adults age 60+
  • Adults with disabilities or children with severe disabilities
  • Teen parents who do not have a high school diploma or GED and want to finish school
  • Some single parents with a child under 12 months old
  • One or more parents or caregivers, such as grandparents caring for children, who have been on this program or MFIP in the past 12 months
  • Parents or caregivers who are disqualified from this program or MFIP due to fraud
  • Parents or caregivers who have been in the United States for fewer than 13 months
  • Parents or caregivers who have been approved for asylee or refugee status within the last 13 months