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Metro North REB Releases One-Stop Career Center RFP

The Metro North Regional Employment Board (REB) announces the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a One-Stop Career Center operator(s) for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).  This RFP is for the provision of comprehensive job seeker and business/employer services within the Metro North Region under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and other funds. To download the RFP and access all related information, please visit:

City of Somerville Releases Workforce Development and Job Linkage Services RFP

The City of Somerville, through the Purchasing Department, invites proposals for workforce development and job linkage services directed toward linking local residents to job opportunities within the City of Somerville. Specifically, this contract is designed to help prepare and connect residents to the incoming jobs in Assembly Square, Union Square and various other commercial developments. Bid packages for may be obtained online at:, or may be picked up at the Purchasing Department, Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, First Floor, Somerville, MA 02143 beginning on Monday October 24th, 2016. Sealed bids must be submitted no later than 11:00 A.M. Tuesday November 15th, 2016. Please contact Michael Richards, Assistant Director, 617-625-6600 x3400, or email for information and to register for the bid package.  Please click here for additional information and to download forms.

MLSC STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth round of the STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program, which awards public high schools and middle schools grants that enable the purchase of equipment and supplies. High school applicants can request grant funding of up to $100,000; or up to $250,000 provided that any amount over $100,000 is matched one-for-one by an industry partner that supports the training program for which the equipment and supplies are needed. Middle school applicants can request grant funding of up to $50,000.

New this year, the program offers additional funding of up to $10,000 for teacher professional development. In order to be eligible, applicants must be located in Massachusetts and be one of the following:

Vocational technical high school (as determined by the Chapter 74 of the General Laws of Massachusetts) or a public high school with a vocational technical program;

  • Public high school or middle school located in a “Gateway City” as determined by Section 3A of Chapter 23A of the General Laws of Massachusetts (Click here to view a list of Gateway Cities);
  • Economically disadvantaged public high school or middle school (defined by having at least 25% student participation in one or more of the following programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), the Department of Children and Families' foster care program, and MassHealth); or

  • Community-based non-profit organization serving schools that meet any of the above-stated criteria.

If your school or organization is eligible for funding through this program, carefully review the Grant Solicitation posted on our website:

Please note that the online application will not be available until the summer. Applications will be due on October 6, 2016

If you have questions about the program, please send an e-mail to: 

Commonwealth Corporation releases WTF Direct Access Program RFP

Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Workforce Training Fund Direct Access Program Request for Proposals. If your organization is not an eligible lead applicant, please feel free to pass this along.

The intent of the program is to provide all businesses, with a special emphasis on small businesses (100 employees or fewer in Massachusetts) with direct and streamlined access to training when:

  1. the scope and scale of their immediate need is not sufficient to be worth developing a General Program application or,

  2. there is significant documented regional demand for proposed training that the training provider has a track record of meeting.

Lead applicants must be a Massachusetts based training provider with demonstrated capacity to deliver training to incumbent workers in one of the allowable training types outlined in Section 3 of the RFP.  Please see the Request for Proposals for more information.  This solicitation is offered by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program is funded by the Workforce Training Fund and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.

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:

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 small and medium-sized Massachusetts businesses to train current and newly hired employees through the following grant programs:

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.

WTF General Program Training Grants: Training grants of up to $250,000 are awarded competitively to employers, employer organizations, labor organizations, training providers, and consortia of such entities to train current and newly hired workers. Applicants may use a training provider of their choice. Most training content can be funded; however, courses that a company is legally mandated to provide to its employees (such as OSHA training) are not eligible for funding under this grant program. Training programs must be completed within two years.

WTF General Program Technical Assistance Grants: Technical Assistance grants of $5,000 to $10,000 help consortia of employers determine a set of training needs. Eligible applicants include individual employers serving as the lead applicant on behalf of a consortium of businesses that hire the services of a technical assistance provider, community colleges, labor organizations, industry associations, and administrative entities for local workforce investment areas. Technical Assistance grants must be completed within six months. 

Effective January 15, 2016, the following changes pertaining to Technical Assistance Grants took place:

  • Grants will be awarded for a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $10,000;

  • Grants will not exceed 6 months in length;

  • Grants will only be awarded to organizations that are engaged in designing a training plan for a consortium of businesses

Additionally, there will be a new Technical Assistance Application. The new application is a streamlined, web-based form that can be accessed remotely from any computer and completed in multiple browser sessions via a save-and-continue capability. The application includes the web form along with required attachments that can be uploaded to and submitted with the form. Links to the new application and all required attachments can be found on the Apply page. The current PDF application will be accepted and existing grant policies honored up until Thursday January 14, 2016. Beginning Friday January 15, 2016, only the new web-based application will be accepted and the above changes will take effect. Please contact Stephen Lavery at or 617-717-6906 with questions.

The WTF Express Program assists companies with 100 or fewer employees to address their employee training needs through a list of pre-registered courses. Companies must pay into the Workforce Training Fund in order to be eligible to apply for grant funds. Eligible employers complete a short, on-line application to request grant funds for pre-registered training courses. Grant funds are limited to $3,000 per employee per course and $30,000 per company per calendar year.  A company whose request has been approved will be reimbursed for up to 50% of the actual cost of training.  Courses (such as OSHA) that a company is legally mandated to provide to its employees are not eligible for reimbursement under this grant program. You may only request reimbursement for training individuals who are on your company’s payroll and work in Massachusetts.  Click here for more information about the WTF Express Program.

WTF Regional Training Capacity Pilot Program addresses smaller-scale training needs by making training slots available free of charge to businesses that are eligible for the Workforce Training Fund. Businesses should consider the pilot program when:  The scope and scale of training needs are smaller than what would be proposed in a General Program application; and, Training needs cannot be easily met by a consortium or Express Program grant.  Click here for more information about the WTF Regional Training Capacity Pilot Program.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Grant Programs

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has launched a portfolio of programs that are designed to fill gaps in the process of innovation, create jobs and support scientific research that holds potential to improve the human condition. For information please visit: MLSC Programs.





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