Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Workforce Development Challenge

Empire State Development

Background

The Workforce Development Challenge-Empire State Development (WDC) was created to ensure the region’s workforce pipeline is being responsive to industry demands and is designed to promote and invest in innovative approaches to workforce training for underserved populations. The WDC will help scale up organizations doing high impact, results-oriented workforce training that can demonstrate strong outcomes in training, job placement and retention. The WDC will facilitate partnerships with community and neighborhood-based organizations with proven track records, trust and outstanding abilities for outreach and recruitment. It will also support target sectors ripe for growth in jobs and career ladder opportunities for entry-level and mid-skill workers, while funding best practice models that maximize collaboration between business and workforce trainers.

Grant Opportunity

The Workforce Development Challenge-Empire State Development will consider proposals that:

  • Support target industry sectors ripe for growth by expanding the workforce pipeline through meaningful industry partnerships leading to industry-driven training
  • Prepare unemployed and underemployed populations for high-demand, higher paying jobs with career advancement potential
  • Create career ladder opportunities for entry-level and mid-skill workers
  • Increase the capacity of grassroots, community-based organizations with proven track records in results-oriented workforce training
  • Invest in innovative approaches to workforce training to better serve industry needs; and best practice models that maximize collaboration between industry, employers and workforce trainers
  • Ensure that all workers of all skill levels, socioeconomic groups and geographies have opportunities to participate and progress in the labor force

Grant awards are determined by Empire State Development.

Timeline:

  • Applications will be accepted online beginning March 8, 2018
  • Public information meeting March 26, 2018
  • Application deadline is May 18, 2018 at 4 PM
  • Funding decisions will be announced by Summer 2018

For more information and to register for the public meeting, please click here .

Contact:

For questions regarding the Community Foundation's online applications system, please contact Ba Zan Lin at linb@cfgb.org call (716) 852-2857, ext. 243.
For all other questions related to the Workforce Development Challenge-Empire State Development, please contact John Risio at john.risio@esd.ny.gov.

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