Welcome to Bridge to Benefits

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.


Free Tax Preparation Available

Get your taxes done at no cost at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site.  Free tax preparation is now available at a variety of locations across Minnesota now through April 15, 2017. 


Help Afford School Supplies by Claiming Tax Benefits

The new school year is right around the corner. It's no secret that the cost of school supplies can add up fast. Minnesota helps families afford school supplies by offering tax benefits like the Minnesota K-12 Education Credit/Subtraction. These benefits can increase a tax refund up to $1,000 or lower the amount of tax owed. To claim these educational benefits, parents must remember to save their receipts from education expenses to claim them at tax time. Expenses included notebooks, pencils, musical instruments, textbooks, educational field trips, and more! To learn more, click here.

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.