Available Funding

Available Funding

Career Technical Initiative Adult Training Planning Grant

Partnerships for Recovery

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

Career Technical Initiative Adult Training Planning Grant 

On behalf of the Workforce Skills Cabinet, Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Career Technical Initiative Adult Training Planning Grant Request for Responses. This Request for Responses makes available up to $150,000 to fund Planning Grants to support Massachusetts High Schools with designated aligned Chapter 74 vocational programs, who are not yet ready to implement adult training programs through the Career Technical Initiative. The purpose of the funds are to provide schools with time and capacity for planning and program design.

Link to RFR Document: RFR – Career Technical Initiative RFR Planning Grant

Link to Program & Budget Form: CTI Planning Grant Budget Form

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

Jessica Sáenz

jsaenz@commcorp.org

Questions will be accepted in writing. We encourage applicants to submit questions by May 9th to allow adequate time to respond before submission.

Please submit these via email to Jessica Sáenz at jsaenz@commcorp.org.

Applicants can sign up at this link (https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328883) to receive email notifications when new responses are posted.

The deadline to submit responses is Thursday, May 19, 2021 by 5:00 PM.

Please upload your submission electronically to the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328884

Market Makers Request for Responses

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.

This Request for Responses makes available up to $300,000 to fund Marker Maker positions in each of the 7 WIOA Regions to support employer engagement activities in alignment with funded Career Technical Initiative grants, and other Workforce Skills Cabinet-related pipeline development strategies.

Link to RFR Document: RFR – Market Makers RFR

Link to Program & Budget Form: Market Makers Budget Form

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

Theresa Rowland
trowland@commcorp.org

Questions will be accepted in writing. We encourage applicants to submit questions by May 13th to allow adequate time to respond before submission.

Please submit these via email to Theresa Rowland at trowland@commcorp.org

The deadline to submit responses is Monday, May 20, 2021 by 5:00 PM.

Please upload your submission electronically to the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328886

Career Technical Initiative Adult Training Round 3 Request for Responses

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

Career Technical Initiative Adult Training Round 3 Request for Responses

On behalf of the Workforce Skills Cabinet, Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Career Technical Initiative Adult Training Round 3 Request for Responses. This Request for Responses makes available up to $1,030,000 to fund the Career Technical Initiative to retrain unemployed and underemployed workers at Massachusetts High Schools with designated aligned Chapter 74 vocational programs in partnership with MassHire Career Centers.

For questions about the objectives and requirements of the RFR, contact: Jessica Sáenz | jsaenz@commcorp.org Questions will be accepted in writing. We encourage applicants to submit questions by May 5th to allow adequate time to respond before submission. Please submit these via email to Jessica Sáenz at jsaenz@commcorp.org.

Partnerships for Recovery: Rapid Reemployment Program

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 RFR Document: Rapid Remployment RFR version 5-27-2021
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

Resources:

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

YouthWorks Summer 2021 Application Package

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and Commonwealth Corporation are pleased to announce the release of the YouthWorks Summer 21 application package/ request for proposals, which details additional 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 from 31 Massachusetts cities have participated  in one of the few state-funded youth employment programs in the country. The summer of 2021 will build on a rich tradition of program quality and continuous improvement and increase reach and capacity by adding nine additional priority communities.

Funds have been prioritized 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.  Please note, that for this round of funding, while grantees are asked to prioritize these cities, all eligible Massachusetts youth can participate fully regardless of their place of residence.  For the purpose of planning guidance priority cities for summer 2021 are outlined below:

Local Area Cities
Berkshire Pittsfield
Boston Boston
Bristol Attleboro, Fall River, Taunton
Brockton Brockton, Stoughton
Cape & Islands Barnstable
Central Mass Worcester
Franklin Hampshire Northampton, Ware
Greater Lowell Dracut, Lowell
Greater New Bedford New Bedford, Wareham
Hampden County Chicopee, Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield
Merrimack Valley Lawrence, Haverhill, Methuen
Metro North Cambridge, Chelsea, Malden, Somerville, Revere, Everett
Metro South/West Framingham, Waltham
North Central Fitchburg, Leominster
North Shore Lynn, Gloucester, Salem, Peabody
South Coastal Quincy, Plymouth, Randolph, 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 FY2020 state budget.

CONTACT
For questions about objectives and requirements of the application package contact:
Jennifer Applebaum
japplebaum@commcorp.org
(617) 717-6934

The online application portal will open on Friday, March 5, 2021.

Full applications can be submitted as early as Friday, March 5th, but are due not later than Monday, March 22, 2021

Attachments:
YouthWorks Summer 2021 Specifications and Application Package
YouthWorks Summer 2021 Budget Form
YouthWorks Summer 2021 Cover Sheet and Application
PPT from Informational webinar held March 1st
Questions and Answers from the informational Webinar

FY21 Re-Entry Workforce Development Demonstration Program

Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the FY21 Re-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 previously been awarded either a Re-Entry Workforce Development Demonstration Program Implementation grant, or a Re-Entry Workforce Development Demonstration Program Planning Grant from Commonwealth Corporation; and have

  1. 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
  2. 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

Special Note: Commonwealth Corporation plans to release another request for proposals in winter 2021-2022 to support partnerships to engage in the design of occupationally-focused training and placement programs for returning citizens. $100,000 will be available for this program, applicants may not request more than $20,000.

Link to RFP Document:FY21 Reentry RFP Implementation
Link to Budget and Outcomes Forms: Re-Entry FY’21 Application Budget
Link to Questions and Answers: Re-Entry Q&A 3-31-21

Questions will be accepted in writing until March 29th. 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/328879

 Submission Due Date: April 9, 2021 by 11:59 PM EST.
Please upload your submission electronically to the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328881

 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 2021 State Budget (7003-0150). 

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, placing them in unsubsidized positions, and providing post-placement support that leads to employee retention
  2. evidence of effective partnerships with employers that engage them in program design and delivery and have resulted in placements and retained employment of young adults with disabilities in targeted occupations at the employers’ workplaces

Link to RFP Document: FY21 YAWD RFP
Link to Budget and Outcomes Forms: FY21 YAWD Budget
Link to Sample Modified Signal Success Modules Outline: Modified Signal Success Modules Outline
Link to Questions and Answers: Employment Program for YAWD Q&A 2-23-21

We’ve extended the question deadline through February 22 at 5PM. The final application submission deadline remains the same.

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/328873

Submission Due Date: March 2, 2021 by 5:00 PM EST.
Please upload your submission electronically to the following link: https://commcorp.tfaforms.net/328871

CONTACT
For questions about the objectives and requirements of the RFP, contact:
Anthony Britt
abritt@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 2021 State Budget (7003-0607).

Workforce Training Fund

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