Available Funding

Available Funding

Request for Proposals: Employment Program for Young Adults with Disabilities

Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Employment Program for Young Adults with Disabilities Request for Proposals.

On behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth Corporation is seeking applications from partnerships led by a community-based organization with:

  1. demonstrated success and expertise in preparing young adults with disabilities for employment, providing them with occupationally-specific skills training, placing them in unsubsidized paid positions, and providing post-placement support that leads to employment retention and,
  2. evidence of effective partnerships with employers that engage them in program design and delivery and have resulted in placements and retained unsubsidized paid employment of young adults with disabilities in targeted occupations at the employers’ workplaces.

 

Link to RFP Document: RFP – word format

Link to Budget and Outcomes Forms: Attachments 3a, 3b, 4 (excel format)

Link to Q&A Document 

Questions will be accepted in writing through October 6, 2021.

All questions will be responded to and posted on our website at https://commcorp.org/available-funding/. Potential applicants can submit questions and sign up to be notified when new questions are posted via the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328909

 

Submission Due Date: October 18, 2021 by 5:00 PM EST.

Please upload your submission electronically to the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328907

 

CONTACT

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

Meg Cummings: mcummings@commcorp.org

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 2022 State Budget (7003-0607).

Re-Entry Workforce Development Demonstration Program - Implementation

Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the FY22Re-Entry Workforce Development Demonstration Program Request for Proposals.

On behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth Corporation is seeking applications from partnerships that have demonstrated experience, success, and current capacity in providing occupationally-focused training and placement programs for returning citizens and can provide services immediately upon grant award. Eligible applicants are partnerships that have:

  • demonstrated success and expertise in preparing returning citizens for employment, placing them in unsubsidized positions, and providing post-placement support that leads to employee retention
  • demonstrated evidence of effective partnerships with employers that engage them in program design and delivery and have resulted in placements and retained employment of returning citizens in targeted occupations at the employers’ workplaces

Link to RFP Document

Link to Budget and Outcomes Forms

Link to Final Q&A Document

Questions will be accepted in writing untilSeptember20th, 2021. All questions will be responded to and posted on our website at https://commcorp.org/available-funding/. Potential applicants can submit questions and sign up to be notified when new questions are posted via the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328903

Submission Due Date: October 1st, 2021 by 5 PM EST.
Please upload your submission electronically to the following link: 
https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328902

CONTACT
For questions about the objectives and requirements of the RFP, contact:
Zachary Rich
zrich@commcorp.org

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 2022 State Budget (7003-0150).

Behavioral Health Partnership Expansion Grants

Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Behavioral Health Partnership Expansion Grants Request for Proposals (RFP). On behalf of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and RIZE Massachusetts Foundation, Inc. (RIZE), Commonwealth Corporation is seeking applications from MassHire Workforce Boards that seek to build upon the existing regional Health Care Workforce Hub partnerships funded through Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success grants.

This RFP will provide funding to focus on high-priority, persistent workforce challenges for community-based mental health, substance use disorder (SUD), and opioid use disorder (OUD) employers in Massachusetts. These focus areas include:

  1. Outreach and trainings capable of increasing the skills and number of individuals from underrepresented groups in the peer and entry- to mid-level community-based mental health and SUD/OUD workforce.
  2. Resources to support clinical supervision time and mentorship strategies for master’s-prepared and bachelor’s-prepared clinicians in need of supervision hours as they work toward licensure.

 

Please see the RFP for additional information about the four program options and eligibility:

  1. Training & Placement Programs [Option A]: to deliver a program to support the training and placement of participants into new employment.
  2. Training & Advancement Programs [Option B]: to deliver a program to support the training and advancement of participants at their current employer.
  3. Clinical Supervision & Mentorship Programs [Option C]: to deliver a program to support the supervision and mentorship of master’s-prepared staff or bachelor’s-prepared staff.
  4. Regional Workforce Capacity Building [Option D]: to support regional capacity building and planning activities.

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Questions will be accepted in writing until October 15, 2021. All relevant questions will be responded to and posted on our website at https://commcorp.org/available-funding/.

Submission Due Date: October 27, 2021, by 5 PM EST.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through the final submission due date. Please upload your submission to the following link:  https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328900

 

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

Karen Shack
kshack@commcorp.org

We encourage employers to reach out directly to their local/regional MassHire Workforce Boards to bring their voice and their partnership to this important effort. Employers should feel free to connect with more than one board if their organization provides services in several regions.

Commonwealth Corporation is administering this initiative through the MassHealth Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Statewide Investment program focused on frontline and extended healthcare workforce development on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) Office of Medicaid (MassHealth) as well as through contributions from RIZE Massachusetts Foundation, Inc.

YouthWorks Year Round Application Package

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and Commonwealth Corporation are pleased to announce the release of the YouthWorks 2021-2022 Year-Round application package / request for proposals, which details allocation-based programming. Eligible applicants are limited to the state’s 16 local workforce development boards and/or their fiscal partners. From first jobs to leadership development and skills training to career exploration; YouthWorks provides Massachusetts teens and young adults with a chance to work, learn and thrive. YouthWorks helps young people gain the needed skills and experience to enter the workforce and begin to design a path toward sustained success. For the past two decades, 14-to-21-year-old income-eligible teens and young adults have participated in one of the few state-funded youth employment programs in the country. This 2021-2022 year-round will build on a rich tradition of program quality and continuous improvement.

Funds have been allocated to the cities in Massachusetts that have high numbers of youth in poverty, where low-income youth are especially in need of ensuring access to employment opportunities. These cities are part of a larger “workforce investment region” represented by a MassHire Workforce Development Board.  While grantees are asked to prioritize these cities, all eligible Massachusetts youth can participate fully regardless of their place of residence. For the purposes of planning, priority cities are outlined below:

Local Area Cities
Berkshire Pittsfield
Boston Boston
Bristol Fall River, Taunton
Cape & Islands Barnstable
Central Mass Worcester
Franklin-Hampshire Northampton

Greater Brockton

Greater Lowell

Brockton

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 Leominster
North Shore Lynn, Salem, Peabody
South Shore 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 FY2022 state budget.

CONTACT
For questions about objectives and requirements of the application package contact:
Tasia Cerezo
tcerezo@commcorp.org
(617) 717-6934

The online application portal will open on Friday, July 16, 2021.

Full applications can be submitted as early as Friday, July 16th, but are due not later than Friday, August 13, 2021

Year-Round 2021-2022 application linkhttps://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328898

Link to Year-Round RFP: 21-22 YouthWorks Year-Round RFP
Link to Year-Round Application: Year-Round Coversheet and Application
Link to Year-Round Budget Form: Year-Round Budget Template
Link to Administrative & Program Management Guide: Program Management Guide

Link to Year-Round FAQs: YouthWorks Year-Round Q&A

Partnerships for Recovery: Rapid Reemployment Program [UPDATED]

The Workforce Skills Cabinet is pleased to announce new investments to support our state’s recovery through the Partnerships for Recovery Plan announced by the Baker-Polito Administration in October 2020.

The Baker-Polito Administration is making funds available to address the significant economic impact of COVID-19 on the more than 1.8 million Massachusetts residents who have experienced an employment interruption due to COVID.

On behalf of the Workforce Skills Cabinet, Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Partnerships for Recovery  Request for Proposal to provide up to $4.652M to fund the scale up of existing training vendors, partnering with employers and MassHire Career Centers to train and place individuals impacted by COVID for priority occupations to meet post-COVID hiring demand.

Link to RFP Document: Rapid Reemployment Updated RFP
Link to Program & Budget Form: Program Budget Form
Link to Q&A: Rapid Reemployment Q&A 6-1-2021
Recorded Webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/B6IUr21Ed9ePSwaZl37JiZl4MxyZjEO-jeEswATr9mOi5g9m_0lfTdbEgqynqMVW.WIxz2qbvnA23tUOL
Link to Webinar Slides: Rapid Reemployment May 25th Webinar

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Questions will be accepted in writing. Please submit these via email to RRP@commcorp.org.

Applicants can sign up at this link to receive email notifications when new responses are posted.

Rolling Application Deadline

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and in most cases an applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application within 30 days.  Grant applications may be submitted starting March 3, 2021 through September 30, 2021, or until grant funds are exhausted.

Application Submission Link
Please upload your submission electronically to the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328875

Workforce Training Fund

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