Available Funding

Available Funding

Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce a competitive procurement for the Bridging the Opportunity Gap (BOG) initiative – funding for workforce development programming that supports youth committed to the Department of Youth Services (DYS).  This RFP solicits proposals from any youth-serving organization, including faith-based organizations, schools or vocational high schools, local Workforce Investment Boards, and One-Stop Career Centers in Massachusetts.

Proposals must implement the ‘BOG Tier Program Design’, which is explained in the materials listed below. BOG programming should consist of a progressive exposure to community and work environments that helps youth build specific work readiness skills and make informed career choices.

Proposals must be submitted to Commonwealth Corporation before April 27, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Proposals must be submitted through Commonwealth Corporation’s BOG proposal submission portal, at https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328707 .

Click here to download the FY19 BOG Request for Proposals.

Click here to download the FY19 BOG Budget and Narrative template.

Click here to download the required FY19 BOG Signature Sheet.

The following additional resources will be helpful to organizations that are considering submitting a proposal for a BOG grant award:

Click here to download the FY19 BOG Grantee Handbook, a guide for managing grant awards under the BOG program.  The Handbook contains additional details and specifications for program operations.

Click here to download Empower Your Future:  BOG Career Readiness Curriculum Guide – a resource of curriculum and workshop materials that can be used to support career awareness and exploration by DYS youth who participate in BOG programming.

To learn more about the RFP and programming through this funding:

1.   Submit questions or requests for clarification in writing before April 6, 2018 at 12:00pm. Commonwealth Corporation will respond to all questions within three business days. All written questions and our answers will be posted on this page.

Submit questions about the Bridging the Opportunity Gap RFP via email to Danielle Niedzwiecki, DYS Program Manager at dniedzwiecki@commcorp.org.

2.  Read FY19 BOG RFP Bidders Webinar

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and Commonwealth Corporation are pleased to announce the release of the YouthWorks Summer 2018 application package. 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 Workforce Development Board.  The cities eligible for funding during the summer of 2018 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 FY2018 state budget.

Deadline to submit proposals: April 13, 2018
Click here to apply: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328726

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

Anne Berrigan
(617) 717-6901

YouthWorks Summer 2018 Statewide Allocation
Federal Poverty Guidelines, 2018
YouthWorks Confidentialty Statement and Release Form
YouthWorks Specifications and Application Package Summer 2018
YouthWorks Budget Form Summer 2018



The Small Business Direct Access Program competitive procurement process has closed. Award notifications will be sent in April 2018.

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