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Funding Opportunities



Now Available!  RFPs for Youth Program Funding

As per the following notice below regarding funding for year-round Youth Programs through the Workforce Investment Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016), the following RFPs are now available for download:

RFP WIA/WIOA In School Programs [Word]

RFP WIA/WIOA Out of School Programs [Word]

Program Design Framework and Related Services [Word]


Metro North REB to Issue RFP for Youth Program Funding

The Metro North Regional Employment Board (REB) has approximately $500,000 available for year-round Youth Programs through the Workforce Investment Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016).  The REB will be issuing two Requests for Proposals (RFP), one for In-School Youth programs and one for Out-of-School programs. An additional RFP for certified career centers to provide program framework services will also be issued, and will be due on April 22, 2015.  The REB is seeking proposals from interested parties to provide a variety of programs for youth living in the following cities and towns:  Arlington, Belmont, Burlington, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Watertown, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn.  With this RFP, we will be requesting creative program designs which incorporate twelve-month, year-round activities that provide and connect work-related skills, work experience and academic preparedness for youth.  Contracts awarded as a result of this RFP may be funded for a period that exceeds the specific fiscal year of contract award, subject to funding availability.

Private profit or nonprofit firms, public organizations, women- and minority-owned businesses are encouraged to apply.  Specification packages will be available on or after March 4, 2015, at which time they may be downloaded from the REB website at An original proposal and four (4) copies must be delivered to the Metro North REB office by 4:00 p.m. on April 23, 2015.

In conjunction with the release of this RFP, a Bidders' Conference will be held at Career Source, 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, third floor, Cambridge, MA 02138 on March 4, 2015, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  (In case of inclement weather, call 617-864-1500 to confirm this schedule.)  Attendance is not mandatory for bidders.

The Metro North REB is an EOE/AA program.  Auxiliary aids/services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. 

Workplace Education Planning Grant RFP

Workplace Education Planning Grants (Phase 1) are competitive grants designed for partnerships among education providers, business partners and unions (where the workforce is unionized). Eligible applicants are public and private non-profit entities that include: cities and towns; school districts; community colleges and other institutions of higher learning; and community-based organizations. These entities must be in partnership with a specifically identified business, or consortium of such businesses. If workers that are to be served by the educational program at the workplace are unionized, the labor union must be a partner. For more information please visit: Workplace Education RFP . There will be a Bidders' Conference for the Workplace Education RFP at The Boston Foundation, Monday, March 2nd from 10:30-12:30 in the South Boston Conference Room. Upon arrival, you must first check-in with Security.  There will be limited number of copies of the RFP and the MA Guidelines for Effective Workplace Education Partnerships available.  Please register HERE.


Upcoming Employer Forum on the Workforce Training Fund (Tuesday, March 10, 8-10am, Malden YMCA)

Did you know...that any business that pays unemployment insurance is eligible to receive Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) grants? Since 1999, the Workforce Training Fund (WTF) has distributed over $200M in grants.  WTFP funds can be used to: train employees in new technologies and production methods to remain competetive; improve employees' English language skills to enhance safety and efficiency on the job; develop the leadership skills of managers and supervisors; and much more! Come to the Malden YMCA on Tuesday, March 10 at 8am to learn how you can use WTFP funds to help enhance the skills of your workforce! This event is free of charge, and registration is required. For more information, please contact Franklin Peralta, at 617-982-6863, or To register, please visit:

Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund

The Workforce Training Fund (WTF) is a state fund that provides resources to Massachusetts businesses to train current and newly hired employees through three grant programs:

The Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG) program provides cash grants to employers to hire Massachusetts residents who have been unemployed for 6 months or more, or Massachusetts residents who are military veterans (regardless of length unemployment). Eligible employers may apply for grants of $5,000 for each new hire who meets program requirements. Employers may receive up to $75,000 each calendar year.  Once approved, payment will be available to the employer once the new hire has retained employment for at least 120 days. At a minimum, a "New Hire Trainee" must earn $2,500 (gross earnings) during the 120 day retention period. Applications are now being accepted for this programClick here for more information about the WTF Hiring Incentive Grant Program, including new policy changes effective August 15, 2014.

The WTF General Program is open to companies of any size, and will provide up to $250,000 per company.  Priority is given to applications focused on employee skills attainment and achievement of transferable and measurable skills.   Applications may be submitted at any time but will be reviewed according to published deadlines. Grant decisions are made approximately 60 days after the application deadline. Click here for more information about the WTF General Program.

The WTF Express Program is targeted to small companies with 50 or fewer employees, as well as to labor organizations. Applicants must choose from a list of pre-qualified programs. Applications may be submitted online at any time. Grants are up to $3,000 per course per trainee, and cannot exceed $30,000 per company for a 2-year period. Applications are now being accepted for this program. Applications may be submitted at any time, and grant decisions are made within 5 business days from filing the application. Click here for more information about the WTF Express Program.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Grant Programs

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has launched several key programs that are designed to create jobs and support scientific research to improve the human condition.  For information please visit: MLSC Programs.



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