Request for Proposals: Equity Workforce Training Implementation

The Challenge: Create Opportunities for Underserved Individuals in the Clean Energy Workforce

Those most impacted by climate change are typically excluded from opportunities to obtain employment in the clean energy sector due to systemic barriers and lack of training opportunities that lead to career pathways.  As gaps in the workforce for climate-critical sectors grow, engaging underrepresented populations will be crucial, not just for equity, but also to ensure that the Commonwealth has the workforce needed to meet clean energy goals.

About Equity Workforce Training Implementation Grants

MassCEC's Equity Workforce Training Implementation Grants provide up to $1,200,000 across two to three years in grant funds and technical support to applicants developing or expanding programs that provide job training and support services to underserved individuals seeking employment in the clean energy sector. Successful applicants will propose projects that address barriers faced by these populations, demonstrate a high-level of employer engagement and leverage of existing workforce development systems, and lead to high-quality careers in climate-critical occupations.

Status
Open
Award Potential
$1,200,000
Application Deadline
March 20, 2023
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Funding Schedule

Equity Workforce Training Implementation Grants are awarded on an annual basis. Applicants not currently ready for program implementation should consider the Equity Workforce Training Planning Grants to prepare for the next round of implementation funding.

Process Step

Timing

RFP Release

October 25, 2022

Questions Due to MassCEC via workforce@masscec.com

Rolling, through March 10, 2023

Questions with Answers Posted to MassCEC Website

Updated monthly on 2nd Tuesday through March 14, 2023

Pre-Application Webinars

Dec 5, 2022, 1 pm

Jan 19, 2023, 3 pm

Pre-Application Office Hours

TBD

Proposals Due

March 20, 2023, by 11:59 pm

Interviews of Applicants (as needed)

TBD

Notification of Award

May 2023

Who's Eligible

Single organizations or partnerships are eligible to apply. Partnerships are strongly encouraged and may be looked upon more favorably to the extent that they can provide a range of expertise and experience to deliver a comprehensive proposal. One party should take on the role of Lead Applicant.

The following entities are eligible to serve as a Lead Applicant:

  • Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), including CBOs relying on a fiscal agent
  • Community Colleges, Colleges, and Universities
  • Comprehensive and Vocational High Schools, including Vocational Schools offering an after-hours or Career Technical Initiative evening training program
  • For-Profit Entities
  • Workforce Development Organizations
  • MassHire Workforce Investment Boards and Career Centers
Applicants that have received prior funding via the MassCEC Equity Workforce Training Planning Grants and Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise Support Grants are eligible, as long as those applications are separate and distinct efforts from this proposed project.

For full eligibility requirements and other Program details, please refer to the Equity Workforce Training Implementation Grant Request for Proposals (RFP).

Apply

Application Process

  1. Review the Equity Workforce Training Implementation Grant Request For Proposals (RFP).
  2. Review all RFP forms and attachments.
  3. Attend MassCEC informational webinars and/or use other informational resources offered.
  4. Contact MassCEC with questions or to discuss your ideas via at workforce@masscec.com.
  5. Complete all RFP forms and attachments according to instructions.
  6. Submit all completed RFP forms and attachments by email to workforce@masscec.com by 11:59 pm on March 20, 2023, with "Equity Workforce Training Implementation Grant Application" in the subject line.

For full Program details, please refer to the RFP.

Send completed application to workforce@masscec.com

Pre-Application Webinars

Learn about the Equity Workforce Training Implementation Grants, including eligibility, budget, and the application process. 

December 5, 2022 at 1:00 pm:


January 19, 2023 at 3:00 pm:

FAQs

Questions are accepted on a rolling basis until March 10th, 2023. Answers will be posted on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Submit questions to workforce@masscec.com.

Must proposals be for three years?

Preference is given to three-year projects to allow time to solidify the program and address initial challenges, however two-year proposals up to $800,000 will be considered.

Can proposals include some initial time for program ramp-up? 

Yes, applicants may use the grant for up to six months of additional program planning, set-up, and recruitment. Successful applicants will propose projects that involve active participants during the first program year.

Does the proposed budget have to be similar for each year?

Program costs may vary from year to year. Some examples include the purchase of significant equipment in year one, or program plans that project to grow training cohort capacity across the grant years. These variations and others are acceptable and, in many cases, strategic. Applicants should detail the rationale and strategy in their proposal and budget narrative to ensure reviewers have clarity about their plans.

Other Resources

MassCEC will look favorably on applications that propose data-driven approaches and leverage pre-existing resources from the robust workforce development and clean energy sectors in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Applicants are advised to use the following and additional resources to inform their applications:

Workforce Development

Additional Funding Opportunities