Welcome to Bridge to Benefits

Bridge to Benefits is a project by Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. By answering a few simple questions, you will be able to see if you or someone else may be eligible for public work support programs. We will NOT ask you for information that identifies you. 
It's easy, confidential and free!


NOTE: This screening tool does not determine eligibility. It is only a guideline. After using this screening tool, you must apply to each program to be sure your are eligible.


Find a Summer Feeding Site Near You

During the summer months when school is not in session there are free meal serving sites across the state for children under age 18. Click here to learn about tools to find a site near you.

Transit Assistance Program Offers $1 Fares

The Transit Assistance Program (TAP) is designed to make public transit through Metro Transit more affordable for low-income residents who are accessing one or more of many of the programs included on Bridge to Benefits. Once enrolled, you (and approved family members) will have access to $1.00 fares for a year. Learn more: https://www.metrotransit.org/tap-riders

Free Dental Care for Kids

Give Kids a Smile is a two-day statewide event on Feb 1 & 2 which participating dental clinics across the state provide free dental care to lower income children for free. This year some clinics are hosting events on other days throughout the year. Find participating clinics and dates or call United Way at 2-1-1 or 1-800-543-7709. You can also find children's dental providers who accept MA patients or have lower costs/sliding fee programs in our Low-Cost Health Care Directory.

Information on Proposed Public Charge Changes

The Trump Adminstration recently released a proposed change to the definition of public charge, the test applied to certain immigrants seeking to enter the country or to be granted lawful permanent residency to determine if they are likely to be reliant on government assistance. The current rule only includes cash assistance and certain long-term care programs, and NONE of the programs included on Bridge to Benefits. This is just a proposal and is not in effect, so all families should continue to access the programs on Bridge to Benefits for which they're eligible. Click here for more information about the current and proposed rule and who it affects.

Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program

The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes.