Welcome to Bridge to Benefits

This updated site was updated on January 1, 2014. Learn more about site changes.
Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state 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.


Wilder's Parent Education Classes

Register now to attend parent education classes at Wilder Foundation and receive a $50 gift card upon completion of program!  Classes begin the week of April 13, 2015.

Free Tax Sites Now Available

Prepare + Prosper has released the list of free tax preparation sites to assist individuals and families receive a full refund with the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) and WFC (Working Family Tax Credit). To see the complete metro area list, click here. If you are in greater Minnesota, call 211 or click here for a site near you. 

Please note you will need to bring various forms to file taxes. 

EAP Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for the Energy Assistance Program, which helps people with lower incomes to pay their heating/energy bills.  Applications are accepted from OCTOBER 1-MAY 31 of each year.  To download an application click here. The Energy Assistance Program is administered by local Community Action agencies.  You can send your completed application to your local Community Action agency.  The list of agencies can be found at http://mn.gov/commerce/energy/topics/financial/Energy-Assistance-Program/Energy-Assistance-Providers.jsp, or by calling 1-800-657-3710. 

Changes to Bridge to Benefits effective January 1, 2014

The Bridge to Benefits (B2B) website will be updated on Jan. 1, 2014 to include information on and screening for health care programs under the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Q & A on the Affordable Care Act

Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota put together a Question & Answer on what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act and how you may benefit from full implementation of the law. Learn more.

Important changes to SNAP effective Oct. 1 and Nov. 1

Effective Oct. 1, 2013 able-bodied adults without dependents will no longer be exempt from SNAP Employment & Training Requirements. Benefit amounts will also be adjusted on Oct. 1 and again on Nov. 1. Find out more.

Low-cost home internet services

Comcast and CenturyLink now offer low-cost internet services plan for $9.95 plus tax per month for qualifying low-income families.