Metro North Regional Employment Board
Building Partnerships for a Better Workforce



Funding Opportunities



Request for Qualifications: Replication of the CONNECT Model

The Metro North Regional Employment Board (REB), a Workforce Investment Board, and the six Managing Partners of CONNECT (Chelsea) are seeking interested potential partners located in two to three Gateway Communities (as defined by MA Legislature) or Working Cities (as defined by the Federal Reserve Bank, Boston) in Massachusetts to replicate the CONNECT Model. CONNECT is currently funded by LISC, United Way, and several other foundations/organizations, and by a $3M Workforce Innovation Fund grant awarded to the Metro North REB in June 2012 on behalf of CONNECT partners. The CONNECT model co-locates multiple partner organizations in order to provide bundled services to customers in order to promote family economic security. Please click here for the full RFQ.

Now Available!  RFPs 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 has issued 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 has also been 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 are 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. 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. The Metro North REB is an EOE/AA program. 

RFP WIA/WIOA In School Programs [Word]

RFP WIA/WIOA Out of School Programs [Word]

Program Design Framework and Related Services [Word]

Responses to questions regarding the RFPs:

Question 1: Will the Metro North REB allow funds to be used for transportation costs?

Answer 1: Yes, the Metro North REB will entertain appropriate transportation costs as a budget line item.

Question 2: What is a High Poverty area?

Answer 2: The federal regulations will define a High Poverty area.  The definition will be posted when it becomes available.

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.  Proposals must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on June 5, 2015.

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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