Request for Proposals: Equity Workforce Training Planning Grants 2022

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is offering Equity Workforce Training Planning Grants. The Equity Workforce Training Planning Grants are a funding opportunity that will offer direct support to organizations that can serve Environmental Justice (EJ) Neighborhoods or Fossil Fuel Workers and build capacity to plan for future large-scale, multi-year funding Equity workforce opportunities offered by MassCEC and other entities such as the Federal Government, Massachusetts Workforce Agencies, Massachusetts Department of Education and other entities that support workforce development activities. Larger scale Equity Workforce Training implementation grants from MassCEC will be released in alignment with MassCEC’s strategic planning timeline and planning process. 


The proposed Planning Grant opportunity will assist and prepare organizations serving EJ Neighborhoods and/or Fossil Fuel Workers to plan and develop career training programs, or pathways to programs that lead to employment in climate critical occupational categories and business fields, in alignment with current 2030/2050 climate goals.


The Program has several opportunities, including: 

  • Planning Grants of up to $50,000 to recruit and train residents of environmental justice neighborhoods and/or current and former Fossil Fuel workers
  • Office hours to network with other applicants
  • Mandatory Webinars & Training that provides details on priority occupations that are needed to meet the 2030/2050 climate goals
  • Technical Assistance for awarded applicants that will include mandatory monthly meetings with all awardees



Release of RFP

April 11, 2022

Questions due to MassCEC via email to


Questions with Answers Posted to MassCEC Website


Pre-Application Webinars

April and May 2022

Watch How to Apply for Workforce Equity Planning Grants Webinar

Applications Due to MassCEC via email

July 1, 2022

Interviews of Applicants

July 2022

Notification of Award

Approximately August 2022


Applications for Equity Workforce Training Planning Grants must be submitted via email at by 5:00 pm on July 1, 2022. The words "Equity Workforce Planning Grant Application" must appear in the email subject line.  

Are you interested in networking with potential applicants? Share your contact information on our Planning Grant Networking Spreadsheet!

Check our Workforce Equity Programs page for more details on upcoming Equity Workforce Training webinars and office hours.



RFP: Equity Workforce Training Planning Grants 2022

Attachment 1: Authorized Applicant's Signature and Acceptance Form

Attachment 2: Equity Workforce Planning Grant Application

Attachment 3: Equity Workforce Sample Planning Grant Agreement