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PAsmart - Growing Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships in Pennsylvania Grant Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Businesses, Nonprofits, LEAs, IHEs, Libraries,
and STEM Ecosystems for Workforce Development Programs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) - Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO)

Conf. Date:

08/18/21

Deadline Date:

10/13/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania businesses, nonprofit organizations, economic development organizations, LEAs, post-secondary institutions, libraries, and STEM ecosystems for workforce development programs to benefit underrepresented populations. The purpose of the grant program is to support the growth of Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs, creating opportunities in new industries and occupations for Pennsylvania workers to advance along career pathways.

This grant program will support schools, students, workers, and businesses across the Commonwealth and reach underrepresented populations, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, socio-economic disadvantaged individuals, individuals who speak English as a second language, individuals who were previously incarcerated, or individuals experiencing multiple barriers to employment. Ultimately, PAsmart will help Pennsylvanians develop the skills they need for the job they want, and in turn, support businesses by creating a skilled workforce to hire.

Grant Opportunities:

Grant Opportunity 1: Building, Supporting and Expanding Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: The opportunity is available to build, support and expand Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs with specific focus on diverse talent pipelines and underserved populations, non-traditional occupations, alignment with secondary and/or post-secondary educational institutions, and expedited growth through multi-county or statewide initiatives.

  1. Diverse Talent Pipelines and Underserved Populations: Build new or expand current Registered Apprenticeship Programs with a concentration on recruiting from diverse talent pipelines and serving populations traditionally underserved in Registered Apprenticeship. Programs should have a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as career pathways to opportunities that pay a living wage; and/or
  2. Non-Traditional Occupations: Support the expansion of Registered Apprenticeships into non- traditional occupations and/or industries/sectors through building new or expanding current Registered Apprenticeship Programs; and/or
  3. Career Pathways: Expand apprenticeship and/or pre-apprenticeship initiatives in close alignment with secondary and/or post-secondary educational institutions concentrating on Career Pathway system growth; and/or
  4. Expedited Growth and Wider Reach: Support the expansion of apprenticeship and/or pre- apprenticeship programs that have a statewide or multi-county reach allowing for expedited growth of quality programming across the Commonwealth.

More information about these options can be found on page 5 of the Application document. See Supporting Documents, below.

Grant Opportunity 2: Supporting Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship through Ambassador Networks: Grant awards will support new or existing local or regional apprenticeship ambassador networks across the Commonwealth concentrating on growing apprenticeship in multiples sectors, not just one industry, as well as building a network of people trained on growing programming and apprenticeship ecosystems long term well after the expiration of this grant. Grants will be awarded based on the availability of funds. Grantees will coordinate their activity with the ATO’s mission and vision and PAsmart Principles and Funding Priorities.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants that demonstrate alignment with the PAsmart Principles and Funding Priorities. See page 12 of the Application document in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198115

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$12,500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Opportunity 1: Competitive grants up to $400,000 per application for apprenticeship and/or pre-apprenticeship programs that have a single-county or localized reach. Competitive grants up to $650,000 will be awarded per application for apprenticeship and/or pre-apprenticeship programs that have a statewide or multi-county reach (three or more counties).

Grant Opportunity 1: Competitive grants up to $200,000 per application.

Term of Contract:

PAsmart funding is anticipated to be used for grant-related activities between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include organizations that serve as sponsors or intermediaries of Registered Apprenticeship, including businesses, community-based organizations, economic development organizations, industry associations, labor organizations, local education agencies, local workforce development boards, nonprofit organizations, post-secondary institutions, public libraries, and STEM ecosystems.

Pre-proposal Conference:

8/17/2021
3:00 PM
Bidders Webinar – For Grant Opportunity #1
Join on Microsoft Teams or call in (audio only)
+1 267-332-8737, 343977368#   United States, Philadelphia
Phone Conference ID: 343 977 368#

8/18/2021
1:00 PM
Bidders Webinar – For Grant Opportunity #2
Join on Microsoft Teams or call in (audio only)
+1 267-332-8737, 85687852#   United States, Philadelphia
Phone Conference ID: 856 878 52#

See the Application document in Supporting Documents, below for more information.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on October 13, 2021.

Please note that this is a reimbursement grant. Funding is only provided to grantees after expenses have been incurred.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

An electronic copy of the application and all components MUST be emailed to the RA-LIATO-
GRANTS@PA.GOV

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