Steps for Applying
Step 1: Apply once
You can apply for multiple benefit programs for yourself and other members of your household in just one application.
Step 2: Upload your documents
Upload required documents like pay stubs, rent receipts, and bank statements as part of your application. You can also return to our homepage to add documents later.
Step 3: Allow time for a worker to review
Your application and documents will be reviewed by eligibility workers from your county or Tribal Nation.
Step 4: Complete an interview
Most programs on this application require an interview to receive benefits. You can have your interview by phone or face-to-face. Your county or Tribal Nation will contact you by phone or mail to schedule. In some cases, more follow-ups may be needed after your interview.
Apply to these programs
Food assistance (SNAP)
SNAP helps Minnesotans get the food they need. You'll get an EBT card that you can use like a debit card to buy groceries at most stores and farmer's markets.
Cash assistance helps people meet their basic needs until they are able to support themselves. You will get an EBT card that you can use like a debit card. Here are the most common cash programs:
- Diversionary Work Program (DWP)
- General Assistance (GA)
- MN Family Investment Program (MFIP)
- MN Supplemental Aid (MSA)
- Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
Emergency Assistance helps with shelter payments, such as past due rent, to stop evictions or foreclosure. It can also be used for utilities when there is a threat of disconnection.
Housing Support (GRH)
The Housing Support program used to be called Group Residential Housing (GRH). The program helps seniors and adults age 65 or older and/or adults with disabilities who have low income pay for housing costs and things people need to stay housed in certain group settings or in the community. It helps prevent people from living in institutions or becoming homeless.
Child Care Assistance
Child Care Assistance helps families pay for day child care so that parents can pursue employment or education. It is for children age 12 and younger.