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Pennsylvania Industry Partnership Grant


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Funding Source
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/29/23 4:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit and educational organizations, non-governmental entities, workforce development boards, economic development entities, business associations, and labor organizations for collaborative workforce and economic development initiatives. Funding is intended to support Industry Partnerships across the commonwealth to improve economic growth while preparing workers with training for their current positions and future advancement.

Pennsylvania is seeking industry partnerships that improve economic prosperity, increase job quality, and prepare the commonwealth’s workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The Industry Partnership program requires businesses within a targeted sector partnering to strengthen their industry through training initiatives, recruitment strategies, raising career awareness, and working together to address additional challenges identified by the businesses. This includes supporting statewide initiatives in specific industry sectors like agriculture, information technology, robotics, and reshoring manufacturing operations. The state also challenges Industry Partnership members to expand their employee base to include marginalized populations with barriers. This year, as an optional section for bonus points, Pennsylvania will also evaluate applicants’ ability to demonstrate how partnership activities will increase workers access and attainment of quality jobs through their proposals. 

This Notice of Grant Availability (NGA) seeks applications to support Industry Partnership initiatives across PA that:

  • Work to identify workforce, education & training, and economic development needs
  • Coordinate regional teams to support industry needs
  • Identify public and community resources to address industry identified needs
  • Increase collaboration among businesses within a targeted industry sector

The goal of this grant opportunity is to increase regional collaboration to support business needs within an industry sector. Applicants must create a clear plan to evaluate the effectiveness of their proposed strategies to address business identified priorities.

Overall goals of the Industry Partnership program are:

  1. Eliminate silos by aligning local, regional, and state education, workforce and economic development initiatives, including state and regional Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act plans
  2. Increase learning and economic opportunities for all Pennsylvania residents (i.e. students, youth and workers) particularly those from underrepresented, under resourced, and underserved communities
  3. Increase connections, collaboration, and communication between businesses of priority PA industries
  4. Explore and implement new approaches taking advantage of opportunities and industry specific solutions
  5. Grow targeted industry sectors who could benefit from sector strategies approaches; include businesses that have traditionally been left out of these initiatives, including, but not limited to, small businesses, and minority- and women-owned businesses
  6. Identify, develop, and act upon solutions supported by relevant data and information
  7. Create a long-lasting partnership and make best use of available funds/resources
  8. Create and implement a strong evaluation plan that meets partnership performance metrics following the PA Workforce Development Board’s adopted evidence of effectiveness definition

Allowable Costs and Expenses can be found at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include local workforce development boards, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, educational and post-secondary educational organizations, labor organizations, business associations, and economic development entities. The applicant(s) must be capable of bringing together relevant partners to achieve the overall project goals of this NGA. Additionally, the lead applicant must demonstrate the ability to coordinate the project design and implementation of the project, manage the project budget, and implement a strategy to collect, analyze, and report performance outcomes. For all lead applicants other than local workforce development boards, the lead applicant must demonstrate engagement with the local workforce development board.

Pre-Proposal Conference
August 29, 2023, at 2:00 PM EST
NGA Webinar for Interested Applicants:
Meeting ID: 867 0546 4839
Passcode: 599935

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- September 29, 2023, at 4:00 PM EST: Applications Due
- November 2023: Notifications to Applicants – Pending available funds
- January 1, 2024: Contract Start Date – Pending available funds
- June 30, 2025: Contract End Date
- September 1, 2025: Final Program Report Due

It is strongly recommended that applicants submit all grant application materials at least 24 hours prior to the due date. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the entire application has been submitted.

All applicants and fiscal agents must be registered with the commonwealth as a vendor. Applicants and fiscal agents that are not current vendors are strongly encouraged to begin this process immediately following the application submission by registering their organization with the Vendor Data Management Unit (VDMU). Pennsylvania Vendor numbers may be obtained at no cost by calling the Vendor Data Management Unit at 717-346-2676 or 1-877-435-7363, or online at (click on “NonProcurement Vendor Site”). It may take up to two weeks to receive a vendor number. If you are unable to obtain a Pennsylvania vendor number in a timely fashion, you may submit the application prior to receiving your vendor number; however, no grant will be awarded without a Pennsylvania vendor number.

A private sector match of at least 25% is required for this grant. Matching funds can be either cash or in-kind.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Awards of up to $250,000 each

Term of Contract
L&I anticipates a performance period beginning January 1, 2024 and ending on June 30, 2025.

Contact Information
Applications must be submitted to with the email subject: “Pennsylvania Industry Partnership Application”

Questions regarding the content of this NGA must be submitted in writing to the email address above.

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