Available Funding

Available Funding

On behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth Corporation (CommCorp) is pleased to announce the release of the Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grants for ESOL-Enhanced Training and Placement Programs Request for Qualifications (RFQ).

CommCorp seeks qualified partnerships that will collaborate with a design team for three to four months to design or re-design a sector-based training and placement program that incorporates contextualized English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services in order to better serve individuals for whom English is not their first language and/or have limited English proficiency, resulting in improved job access and financial stability for individuals and their families while meeting employer demand for talent.

Applicants may request up to $25,000 for initial program design activities. Following the program design phase, each partnership will, upon review and approval of their implementation plan, be awarded up to an additional $350,000 to implement their program for approximately two years.

Successful partnerships, consisting of employers, nonprofits, workforce entities, ESOL training providers, and/or other community-based organizations, will build their capacity to provide language supports alongside occupational and work readiness skills training, while prioritizing community engagement/outreach, individualized coaching, and intensive placement and post-placement support services. We anticipate programs will need to include virtual/remote and hybrid learning approaches.

As part of an ongoing strategy given persistent racial inequities and related workforce challenges in the Commonwealth, and in the context of rapidly shifting economic conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this initiative is intended to support pilot programs that will leverage learning from previous WCTF programming and ongoing best practices in ESOL educational services in order to reach populations who have traditionally experienced higher rates of unemployment and barriers to employment, including populations emphasized by the Black Advisory Commission and Latino Advisory Commission.

Link to RFP Document: RFP: WCTF ESOL FY20 Pilots RFQ
Link to Budget Forms: FY20 ESOL Program Design Budget Forms
Link to Q&A: To Be Posted

For questions about the objectives and requirements of the RFP, contact:

Anthony Britt
Abritt@commcorp.org

Questions will be accepted in writing through September 9, 2020 by 5:00 PM. Please submit these via email to Anthony Britt at abritt@commcorp.org.
Prospective applicants are able to receive email notifications when new questions are posted online by signing up at the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328844

The deadline to submit responses is September 23, 2020 by 5:00 PM. Please upload your submission electronically to the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328845

 This solicitation is offered by Commonwealth Corporation and funded through the WCTF line item in the Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget (7002-1075). This state-funded initiative is administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD).

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 FY’20 Appropriation Request for Qualifications for the Learn to Earn Initiative: Training and Placement Pilot Programs.

The Learn to Earn Initiative (LTE), originally 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.

Now in its third round, this year’s funding opportunity intends to support the design or re-design of sector-based training and placement programs that will incorporate intensive financial coaching, benefits counseling, and robust post-placement services for unemployed and underemployed Massachusetts residents who are receiving public assistance and seek connections to high-demand career pathways that support increased earned income and family economic stability.

In the context of rapidly shifting economic conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with persistent racial inequities and related workforce challenges in the Commonwealth, this LTE round is intended to support additional pilot programs that can leverage learning from the initial rounds to ensure the impact of LTE programming innovations and policy reforms continue to reach populations who have traditionally experienced higher rates of unemployment and barriers to employment, including populations emphasized by the Black Advisory Commission and Latino Advisory Commission.

Commonwealth Corporation seeks qualified partnerships that, upon successful grant award, will work with Commonwealth Corporation for a duration of three to four 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-to-four-month program design period, each partnership will, upon review and approval of their implementation plan, be awarded funding to implement their program for approximately two years.

Please note that within the context of current economic and public health conditions, we are continuing to issue additional funding opportunities. Please check our website for notice of additional solicitations later this month.

Link to RFP Document: RFP: LTE FY20 Pilots RFQ
Link to Budget Forms: LTE FY20 Program Design Budget Forms
Link to Q&A: To Be Posted

For questions about the objectives and requirements of the RFP, contact:
Anthony Britt
Abritt@commcorp.org

Questions will be accepted in writing through August 28, 2020 by 5:00 PM. Please submit these via email to Anthony Britt at abritt@commcorp.org.

Prospective applicants are able to receive email notifications when new questions are posted online by signing up at the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328841

The deadline to submit responses is September 9, 2020 by 11:59 PM.

Please upload your submission electronically to the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328842

This solicitation is offered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Learn to Earn (LTE) Steering Committee, which is an interagency workgroup made up of senior leaders from the Executive Offices of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Economic Development, and Labor and Workforce Development. This grant program is funded through the Learn to Earn Initiative line item in the Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget (7002-1080). This state-funded initiative is administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) and the LTE Steering Committee.

On behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the 2020-2021 Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grants for Expanded Training Capacity & Employment Program Performance funded through an allocation from the Workforce Training Fund to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund.

This funding opportunity seeks to support additional seat capacity in ongoing sector-based employment programs that provide training and job placement and retention services to Massachusetts residents who are unemployed. Commonwealth Corporation seeks to fund proposals from qualified organizations that propose to enroll additional unemployed Massachusetts residents in their existing training and placement programs primarily within occupational priorities identified through the Regional Workforce Skills Planning Initiative regional blueprint process, such as Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Information Technology, or other specific regional priorities.

Contracts issued through this solicitation will be for up to a one-year period and paid on a performance basis, with payments made contingent upon program enrollments and job placement and retention outcomes, with 50% of the grant award allocated toward each milestone.

Please note that within the context of current economic and public health conditions, we are continuing to issue additional funding opportunities. Please check our website for notice of additional solicitations in July.

Link to RFP Document: RFP: FY20 WTFP- WCTF Performance Based RFP
Link to Budget and Outcomes Forms: WTFP WCTF FY20 RFP Budget Outcome Forms
Link to Q&A: WCTF FY20 Performance Based-RFP QA 5: 8.3.2020

For questions about the objectives and requirements of the RFP, contact:
Anthony Britt
Abritt@commcorp.org

Questions will be accepted in writing through July 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
Please submit these via email to Anthony Britt at abritt@commcorp.org.

Prospective applicants are able to receive email notifications when new questions are posted online by signing up at the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328839

The deadline to submit responses is August 7, 2020 by 5:00 PM.
Please upload your submission electronically to the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328840

This solicitation is offered by Commonwealth Corporation and funded through an allocation from the Workforce Training Fund (WTFP) to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF). This state-funded initiative is administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD).

The deadline for the WCTF FY’20 Healthcare Workforce Hubs RFP passed on June 30, 2020. We anticipate notifying applicants of their award status in August 2020. Thank you for your interest and please stay tuned for future updates related to sector-based programming.

COVID-19 Update: After our initial February notice of funding opportunity, we shifted back release and due dates for all RFPs by at least 30 days. We have since monitored COVID-19 developments and have updated our scheduled releases as of May 12, 2020. Please see below for additional information. 

The following document outlines five funding opportunities that are anticipated to be released in the first half of 2020.

***Please note the following details***

  • All grant initiative details below are subject to change pending final revisions. Please review carefully for revisions.
  • Please hold specific questions until each RFP/RFQ is released individually. Upon release, each Request for Proposals (RFP)/Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be opened for procurement-specific questions.
  • We have committed to providing additional time between the release dates and submission due dates of each funding opportunity. Where possible, procurement windows will be open for approximately 6-8 weeks.
  • Unless otherwise specified, applying to and/or receiving funding from one grant does not preclude a lead applicant organization from being eligible to apply and/or receive additional funding from another funding opportunity listed below.
  • Unless otherwise specified, the following list of applicant types are eligible to apply for funding as the lead applicant: community-based organizations, including adult basic education providers, employers with operations in Massachusetts and that employ Massachusetts residents in the proposed target occupation, employer associations, higher education institutions, labor organizations, local workforce development entities, local workforce boards, nonprofit education, training or other service providers, one-stop career centers, vocational education institutions.
  • We are still seeking to fund target occupations that are identified as priority or critical needs through the Regional Workforce Skills Planning Initiative regional blueprint process; however, we reserve the right to revise eligible occupations to be in step with dynamic economic conditions in the Commonwealth as best as we can.

For additional details such as the specific target occupations and eligible applicants for each funding opportunity click here: WCTF Procurement

Released in February:

May Target Release Date:
June Target Release Date:

The deadline for the WCTF FY’20 RFP passed on May 11, 2020. We anticipate notifying applicants of their award status in July 2020. Thank you for your interest and please stay tuned for future updates related to sector-based programming.

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