Applications for planning grant funds available through Real Jobs Rhode Island are due at DLT Friday, July 3
June 30, 2015
DLT is reminding applicants seeking Real Jobs Rhode Island funding that planning grant submissions are due at DLT on Friday, July 3, no later than 3 PM. Grants will be awarded for business-driven sector partnerships for up to $25,000.
Proposals must be received by the Real Jobs Rhode Island staff at the RI Department of Labor and Training, 1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920. If the proposal submission is mailed, it must be postmarked no later than 3 PM. Hand delivery is preferred. Proposals may not be submitted by email or fax.
Launched in April, Real Jobs Rhode Island is a part of Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s Jobs Agenda. It is designed to make Rhode Island more competitive by aligning state workforce training efforts to address employers’ specific workforce needs. It is a flexible grant program aiming to ensure that employers have the talent they need to compete and grow while providing targeted education and skills training for workers. It relies on the ideas of companies of all sizes and their partners — educators, training providers, and human services groups — to connect people to job openings more quickly and produce a stable pipeline of workers to jobs.
The program got off the ground with a commitment of $1.3 million in funds from the Governor’s Workforce Board through its administration of the state Job Development Fund. It was bolstered by a US Department of Labor grant award of $5.25 million, which Governor Raimondo and the RI Congressional Delegation announced on June 18.
The purpose of the planning grants is to help partnerships convene, determine the specific workforce needs of employers, gather the necessary partners to meet these needs, and produce a detailed plan to train workers to meet demand. Planning grant applications may be downloaded at www.DLT.ri.gov/RealJobs/PlanGrant.htm. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
All remaining Real Jobs Rhode Island monies will be available to fund the sector partnerships whose plans are approved and selected. Selection will be a transparent process and priority will be given to the plans that best meet employer demand and put the most Rhode Islanders back to work in jobs that sustain families.
About the RI Department of Labor and Training: The RI Department of Labor and Training (DLT) offers employment services, educational services, and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates, and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. The Business Workforce Center simplifies doing business in RI by coordinating job fairs, pre-screening applicants, and connecting employers with innovative methods to remain or become competitive.