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. If your school or organization is eligible for funding through this program, carefully review the Grant Solicitation posted here: www.masslifesciences.com/programs/equip.
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:
the scope and scale of their immediate need is not sufficient to be worth developing a General Program application or,
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.