On behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Workforce Skills Cabinet, Commonwealth Corporation (CommCorp) is pleased to announce the Request for Proposals for the Scaling Capacity and Leveraging Employers (SCALE) Planning Grant and the Replenishing Employer iNvestment in Education & Workforce Training (RENEW) Demonstration Grant
Prospective applicants are invited to join one of three virtual information sessions scheduled for January to get questions answered in real time!
The Workforce Skills Cabinet and Commonwealth Corporation have launched the Scaling Capacity and Leveraging Employers (SCALE) Planning Grant. These funds are aligning public and private resources across the system to scale effective education-to-employment pathways that better position residents who want to be hired into jobs that businesses need filled.
The SCALE Planning Grant provides an opportunity to operationalize partnerships that will apply for larger implementation grants to solve bigger problems. This is done by de-risking the time required by businesses and stakeholder partners to determine and apply for implementation funding. SCALE encourages and requires direct engagement from the business community to solve their training, education, and talent needs at a high volume.
$10,000-30,000 is available for a one-to-three-month planning grant. Final deliverable is an application to ARPA-funded workforce program, e.g., CTI, WCTF, RENEW grant.
Benefits of a SCALE grant include:
• A direct opportunity to engage the business community to solve their training, education, and talent needs at a high volume
• De-risking the time and effort required by businesses and stakeholder partners to determine and apply for funding
• Allowing groups to operationalize partnerships prior to applying for larger grants to solve bigger problems
• Providing flexible funding for planning and designing scalable activities
The Workforce Skills Cabinet and Commonwealth Corporation have launched RENEW to develop programs that will train workers to address employers’ hiring needs and help companies meet their diversity hiring goals.
The program is designed to bridge the gap between employers and local training providers with the goal of establishing sustainable talent development pipelines. Within these partnerships, employers will provide input into curriculum design, specify the types of workers they need help recruiting, and pay upon completion of training and job placement.
Committed employers agree to pay back 50% of training costs for each hired person.
In addition to program funding, partnerships will receive technical assistance and recruiting support from MassHire Career Centers and regional workforce boards.