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Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund FY'16 Appropriation Request for Proposals

Commonwealth Corporation has announced the release of the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund FY’16 Appropriation Request for Proposals. The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) FY’16 Appropriation is designed to deliver Pipeline Training Programs to train and place un/underemployed Massachusetts residents into occupation(s) that are in demand by employers in a targeted region. Applicants may also apply for additional Capacity Building Activities funds to conduct regional planning, capacity building or other system change activities designed to improve placement and retention outcomes for the region’s residents in the target occupation(s) or in other occupations within the same industry sector as the Pipeline Training Program. All applicants must propose to deliver a Pipeline Training Program. This solicitation is offered by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program is funded by the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.

Bidders’ Webinar (optional): October 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.Please register using this link by the end of the day on October 12th: Required Letters of Intent Due: November 2, 2015 by midnight. Please see the Request for Proposals for more information.

Workplace Safety Training & Education Grant Program, FY16

The Department of Industrial Accident’s Office of Safety has released the Workplace Safety Training & Education Grant Program Application for Fiscal Year 2016. The objective of this program is to promote safe and healthy conditions in the workplace by awarding state funds to eligible applicants who submit responses designed to provide and improve safety education and training in Occupational Safety and Health to employers/employees within the Commonwealth covered by the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law (M.G.L. Chapter 152). Complete instructions, will be detailed in the FY16 Safety Training Grant Application. For further information, please visit: are being asked to please review the grant instructions and contractual paperwork instructions carefully, as some requirements may have changed.

For the FY16 Grant Application and related documents, please visit:

**Please remember to apply for and submit a copy of your Department of Revenue (DOR) Certificate of Good Standing with your Application from 

**Please note that by requesting a Certificate of Good Standing electronically via WebFile will expedite the process of obtaining your certificate.


**Applicants must be in full compliance with all obligations to the Department of Unemployment Assistance, Department of Industrial Accidents, and any other obligations to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.    


**Applicants found to be non-compliant will be removed from consideration until all compliance issues have been resolved.

Grant Applications will be accepted electronically only beginning May 26, 2015.

Completed Applications will be evaluated beginning June 23, 2015 and reviewed until February 26, 2016.



Department of Industrial Accidents, Office of Safety

One Congress St. 10th Floor

Boston, MA 02114

Questions concerning the FY16 Grant Application process can be directed to the Office of Safety automatic response system by emailing  Questions concerning the Contractual Paperwork can be directed to Diane Lentini by emailing

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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