Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


Industry Grants of $5K to $150K Available (pdf)

John O'Hare (401) 462-8782
Workforce Development

January 23, 2006

CRANSTON - The Department of Labor and Training is offering grants between $5,000 to $150,000 to foster industry partnerships that boost Rhode Island's economy. Industry partnerships are multi-employer collaborations that identify skill gaps critical to competitiveness and innovation, aggregate training needs to achieve economy of scale, and plan youth curriculum to better meet industry demands, particularly for high-skill occupations. These multi-employer partnerships unify management and labor around the common purpose of improving competitiveness within their industry.

The Department of Labor and Training is requesting proposals from existing or projected industry partnerships that demonstrate a unique capacity to stimulate innovation, focus the allocation of resources, and ably perform as an intermediary between the Governor's Workforce Board, Local Workforce Investment Boards, educational provider(s), and business and employee representatives. "These grants provide a way for Rhode Island companies to better train employees and improve how they do business," Governor Carcieri said. "Both the employees and the employers benefit. We all win when we have stronger, more competitive businesses in Rhode Island."

Labor market information has identified six vital sectors of RI's economy that are predicted to generate long-term sustained growth: Financial Services, Health Care, Advanced Manufacturing, Technology, Hospitality and Tourism, and Construction. However, industry partnerships in any growth industry are encouraged to apply to this Request for Proposal (RFP). The applicant lead agency must have the fiscal and administrative capability to receive and manage federal and state grant funds.

A pre-bid proposal conference will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 18th at the Department of Administration, One Capitol Hill, Providence, in the Bid Room on the second floor. Any questions should be sent, via MicroSoft Word attachment, to questions@purchasing.state.ri.us on or before Friday, January 13th. All correspondence must reference "RFP B05940." Bid submissions will be due Wednesday, February 8th and all interested vendors must pre-register with State Purchasing online at www.purchasing.ri.gov. To download the RFP, click on RIVIP (RI Vendor Information Page) on the purchasing home page, then go to "Bid/Grant Opportunities."

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The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training offers a wide array of employment and training services to both the general public and to individuals with unusual barriers to employment. DLT is ready to assist any job seeker, whether the goal is a first job, a better job, or a career change. Rhode Island's work force is protected through the enforcement of labor laws, prevailing wage rates, and work place health and safety standards. Temporary income support is available to unemployed, sick, or injured workers and a comprehensive rehabilitation program is available to those injured on the job.
DLT is dedicated to the growth and competitiveness of Rhode Island industry, administering a variety of training grants, tax credits, and apprenticeship programs to help employers. Economic indicators and labor market information are available for long-range planning. The Agency engages in active outreach, helping large and small employers retain their best workers or retrain their existing work force. At no cost to the employer, DLT will also screen job applicants, post job vacancies, and help businesses institute cost-sharing programs that can avert layoffs.For more information on the innovative programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders at the Department of Labor and Training, please call (401) 462-8000 or visit our web site at www.dlt.ri.gov

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