Cash Assistance

Diversionary Work Program (DWP)

DWP is a four-month program that provides services and supports to eligible families to help them move immediately to work rather than stay on public assistance.

General Assistance (GA)

GA helps Minnesotans with little or no income meet their basic needs. It offers a small monthly cash grant to people with serious illnesses, disabilities, or other issues that limit their ability to work.

Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

MFIP is Minnesota's program that assists low-income families with children move to economic stability through work. The MFIP grant includes a cash grant, food assistance, and employment services.

Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)

MSA provides monthly cash support to help meet basic living expenses, such as clothing, utilities, housing, or special medical diets. It is mainly for people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).


  • Apply in-person. Applications are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
  • Apply online: ApplyMN is a simple, secure Web application that connects you with state and county services to help meet your and your family's basic needs.
  • Print an application and mail to or drop off at our office at 411 W. 2nd Street, Grand Marais, MN 55604.

Contact Us

Alison McIntyre
Financial Services

Cook County Courthouse
411 W. 2nd Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Fax: 218.387.3020

Monday – Friday
8am – 4pm
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