Available Funding

Available Funding

Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Re-Entry Workforce Development Demonstration Program FY’19 Appropriation: Program Design Capacity Building Grants.

The Re-Entry Workforce Development Demonstration Program is an initiative of Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta in support of Governor Baker’s effort to improve workforce outcomes among individuals returning to their communities after incarceration (i.e. returning citizens). This state-funded initiative is administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. This grant program is funded through a General Appropriation Act in the Fiscal Year 2019 State Budget (7003-0150).

Commonwealth Corporation seeks qualified partnerships that, upon successful grant award, will work with Commonwealth Corporation for a duration of approximately three months to design or re-design an occupationally-specific training and placement program that will develop more robust state-wide capacity to support returning citizens in obtaining and retaining unsubsidized employment. A grant award through this grant program does not provide a commitment or resources to fund the delivery of training and placement services; however, we anticipate that each partnership who successfully completes all program design activities will be better positioned to compete for future available resources from a variety of sources.

Please see the Request for Qualifications for more information.

Link to RFQ: FY19 Re-Entry Program Design RFQ

Link to Budget Form: FY19 Re-Entry Program Design Budget Forms

Link to RFQ Q&A: Q&A will be posted here in the future.

Questions will be accepted in writing through Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 5pm.

Please submit these via email to Zac Rich at zrich@commcorp.org.

Applicants can sign up at this link (https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328758) to receive email notifications when new responses are posted.

The deadline to submit responses is Thursday, March 14, 2019 by 11:59 PM.

Please upload your submission electronically to the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328759.

CONTACT

For questions about objectives and requirements of the RFQ contact:

Zac Rich
zrich@commcorp.org
(617) 717-6941

This state-funded initiative is administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. This grant program is funded through a General Appropriation Act in the Fiscal Year 2019 State Budget (7003-0150).

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and Commonwealth Corporation are pleased to announce the release of the YouthWorks Summer 2019 application package, which in addition to allocation based programming will include opportunities to apply for competitive funding in several areas of program innovation. Eligible applicants are limited to the state’s 16 local workforce development boards and/or their fiscal partners.

YouthWorks, in operation since the 1990’s,  is a subsidized employment program designed to provide low-income teens and young adults, 14 to 21 years of age, with their first employment experiences, work-readiness training, and the skills to find and keep an unsubsidized job. Participants take part in paid short-term work placements during the summer and/or school year at public, private and nonprofit worksites. Participants also receive training in core soft skills so they can practice professional behaviors and learn how to relate to supervisors and co-workers at their worksites.  All YouthWorks program use the Signal Success curriculum to help young people learn and practice the skills that matter at work, at school, and in life.

Funds have been targeted to the cities in Massachusetts that have the highest numbers of youth in poverty, where low-income youth are especially in need of ensuring access to summer job opportunities.  These cities are part of a larger “workforce investment region” represented by a MassHire Workforce Development Board.  The cities eligible for funding during the summer of 2019 are outlined below:

Local Area

Cities
Berkshire Pittsfield
Boston Boston
Bristol Fall River, Taunton
Brockton Brockton
Cape & Islands Barnstable
Central Mass Worcester
Franklin Hampshire Northampton
Greater Lowell Lowell
Greater New Bedford New Bedford
Hampden County Chicopee, Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield
Merrimack Valley Lawrence, Haverhill
Metro North Cambridge, Chelsea, Malden, Somerville, Revere, Everett
Metro South/West Framingham
North Central Fitchburg, Leominster
North Shore Lynn, Salem, Peabody
South Coastal

Quincy, Plymouth, Weymouth

 

YouthWorks is an initiative of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), in support of Governor Charles Baker’s effort to improve workforce outcomes for young adults, a population that is significantly detached from the workforce.  This program is funded through Line Item No. 7002–0012 of the FY2019 state budget.

CONTACT
An informational webinar about this application will be held: Thursday, January 24th from 2:30-3:30.  Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-19-youthworks-application-overview-webinar-tickets-54885596296

For questions about objectives and requirements of the application package contact:

Jennifer Applebaum
japplebaum@commcorp.org
(617) 717-6934

Deadline to submit proposals: March 22, 2019

Attachments:
YouthWorks Summer 2019 Statewide Allocation
Federal Poverty Guidelines, 2019
YouthWorks Confidentiality Statement and Release Form 
YouthWorks Specifications and Application Package Summer 2019
YouthWorks Summer 2019 Budget Form
YouthWorks 2019 Summer Narrative
Questons & Answers from YouthWorks Application Webinar- 1.24.19
YouthWorks Summer 2019 Application Webinar

Applications are closed and are currently under review. Applicants will be notified as soon as possible about the outcome of their applications.

Applications are closed and are currently under review. Applicants will be notified as soon as possible about the outcome of their applications.

Click here to apply for a grant from the Workforce Training Fund.