Learn to Earn Initiative Request for Proposals
On behalf of the Executive Offices of Labor and Workforce Development, Education, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Economic Development, Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Learn to Earn Initiative Request for Qualifications.
The Learn to Earn Initiative (LTE), proposed by Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karen Polito and adopted by the Legislature in the FY18 General Appropriations Act, is a comprehensive approach to providing unemployed and underemployed individuals who are receiving assistance from public benefit programs with the supports, skills, and credentials they need to gain and retain employment in occupations for which employers have persistent demand. LTE Partnerships will develop and test models to serve participants in the context of their family/household.
LTE Programs will help participants set and achieve goals necessary for employment and sustained economic stability, such as maintaining and growing family net resources and minimizing the real or perceived potential impact of increased earned income on benefit receipt, including improving coordination across benefit programs and reducing benefit cliff effects.
Commonwealth Corporation seeks qualified partnerships that, upon successful grant award, will work with Commonwealth Corporation for a duration of three (3) months to design or re-design an occupationally-specific training and placement program that will:
- increase participants’ earned income (net of any resulting decrease in public benefits),
- improve participants’ and their families’ economic stability, and
- meet employers’ demand for talent.
Following the three-month program design period each partnership will, upon review and approval of their implementation plan, be awarded funding to implement their program for up to two years.
Questions will be accepted in writing through Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5pm. Please submit these via email to Anthony Britt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants can sign up at this link (https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328714) to receive email notifications when new responses are posted.
Deadline to submit responses: Friday, October 13, 2017 by Midnight. Please upload your submission electronically to the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328715.
YouthWorks Year-Round Program FY2017-18 Request for Proposals
Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce a competitive procurement for the YouthWorks Year-Round 2017-18 Program. The grants provide funding for workforce development programming that supports occupational training and subsidized job placements for young adults ages 15-21. Eligible applicants include youth-serving non-profit or community-based organizations and schools or vocational high schools, local Workforce Development Boards, and One-Stop Career Centers in Massachusetts.
The purpose of the YouthWorks program is to improve the employability of youth placed at risk by offering them structured work and learning opportunities through subsidized employment and supporting activities. The goal of the 2017-18 year-round program is to provide youth participants with short-term occupational skill building that can enhance their job seeking prospects.
Proposals must be submitted electronically to Commonwealth Corporation before September 29, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.
Click here to access the RFP Webinar PowerPoint from June 23rd.
Bridging the Opportunity Gap (BOG) Initiative FY18 RFP
The submission period for this grant has ended. Award notifications will be sent in August.
Workforce Training Fund
Click here to apply for a grant from the Workforce Training Fund.