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In addition to its other grant and scholarship opportunities offered, the AMBA has gathered information on other state, regional and national grants available to U.S. businesses and manufacturers. These grants, tax incentives and other sources of financial support address a variety of areas, including: 

  • Job readiness and training
  • Workforce development
  • Economic growth (local, regional and national)
  • Competitiveness in international markets
  • Apprenticeship programs
  • STEM activities
  • Public infrastructure
  • Community development
  • Workers re-entering the labor market (i.e., veterans, disabled individuals, etc.)

A few upcoming grant opportunities to note (listed by state): 

Workforce Accelerator Fund – Application deadline: October 31, 2022
The California Workforce Development Board and the Employment Development Department fund projects that design, develop, and implement projects that accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for California job seekers. The State Board and EDD will fund projects and partnerships to create and prototype innovative strategies that bridge education and workforce gaps for targeted populations, and initial implementation of promising models and practices in workforce system service delivery infrastructure.

Skill Advance Colorado Job Training Grant – Applications due by March 31, 2023
The Skill Advance Colorado Job Training Grant (formerly the Colorado First and Existing Industry Grant) helps businesses and nonprofits create customized job training for employees. By reimbursing costs associated with job training, the programs increase transferable job skills that both support the company’s competitiveness and enhance worker’s resumes and long-term employment opportunities. The funds are broken down into Colorado First funds and Existing Industry funds. Colorado First grant funds customized training only for net new hires at companies relocating to or expanding in Colorado. Existing Industry grant funds customized training to help established Colorado companies and nonprofits remain competitive in their industry, adapt to new technology, and prevent layoffs. Companies must contribute a minimum of 40% (cash or in-kind) to the total costs of grant-funded training. 
Iowa Student Internship Program – Deadline for Spring 2023: December 30, 2022
The Iowa Student Internship Program provides grants to small and medium-sized companies in targeted industries to support internship programs with a goal of transitioning interns to full-time employment in Iowa upon graduation. The goal is to retain educated workers in Iowa. Iowa employers may qualify for financial assistance on a matching basis for a portion of the wages paid to an intern during the designated internship period. A company is eligible for a maximum of 3 internships per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). 
Grant-in-Aid (GIA) program – Next Application Submission Deadline: December 15, 2022
The GIA provides reimbursements dollars to companies/consortia. The maximum funding amount for qualified companies during a BSSC fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) is the LESSER of the following:  50% of approved costs/eligible costs; $75,000; $2,000 x number of trainees. The following properly documented training costs are eligible: In-House Training ($25 per hour permitted); Educational Institution and Consultant Training; Instructional Materials and Supplies; Employee/Trainee Wages; Registered Apprenticeship. Safety, mandated, and regulatory training is eligible if it totals no more than 25% of the overall eligible training. Retroactive training, pro/con union training, employee assessments/evaluations and training provided. 

Skilled Training Investment Credit (STIC) – Next Application Submission Deadline: December 15, 2022
The STIC provides a tax credit against Kentucky income taxes to companies for company specific training activities. The maximum tax credit amount for qualified companies during a BSSC fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) is the LESSER of the following:  50% of approved costs/eligible costs; $75,000; $2,000 x number of trainees. The following properly documented training costs are eligible: In-House Training ($25 per hour permitted); Educational Institution and Consultant Training; Instructional Materials and Supplies; Employee/Trainee Wages; Registered Apprenticeship. Safety, mandated, and regulatory training is eligible if it totals no more than 25% of the overall eligible training. Retroactive training, pro/con union training, employee assessments/evaluations and training provided.
Skills Capital Grant Program – Applications due by October 21, 2022
Skills Capital Grant Program will award grants for the purchase and installation of equipment and related improvements and renovations necessary for installation and use of such equipment to support vocational and technical training. This equipment will upgrade and expand career technical education and training programs that are aligned to regional economic and workforce development priorities for in-demand industries, provided that grant applications facilitate collaboration to provide students training pathway’s to career opportunities in high-skill, high-demand industry sectors. 
Youth Skills Training (YST) Program Grants – Letter of Intent due October 17; Applications due December 2, 2022
The Youth Skills Training (YST) Program encourages, promotes and supports the development of local partnerships between schools, employers and community organizations. These local partnerships provide students with related classroom instruction, safety training, industry-recognized credentials and paid work experience in high-growth and high-demand occupations in the industries of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, automotive, health care and information technology. Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to achieve these objectives through various means including outreach, education, training and supportive services for students. Grant funds can be used for marketing, recruitment, training, transportation, student certifications and personnel to manage a program. Grants cannot be used to pay student wages.

New Jersey
Growing Apprenticeship in Nontraditional Sectors (GAINS) – LOI Due October 21, 2022; Application Due October 28, 2022
The GAINS program will provide New Jersey businesses/organizations or current registered apprenticeship sponsor in targeted sectors with support for new Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program development, or existing RA programs who seek to expand into new USDOL approved occupations. The GAINS program will encourage participation by providing a 50% wage reimbursement for up to 12 months of newly hired apprentices’ employment, offset costs incurred for training the new apprentice, and to incentivize employers for hiring registered apprentices from pre-apprenticeship programs. Examples of training costs include: related classroom instructor costs, materials and supplies, supervision by a journey worker, etc.

Youth Transitions to Work (YTTW) Program – LOI Due November 4, 2022; Application Due November 10, 2022
The purpose of the YTTW program is to provide greater opportunities and incentives for high school juniors, seniors and out-of-school youth (ages 16-24) and to facilitate effective transitions by high school seniors and out-of-school youth to high-skill, high-wage employment in labor demand, apprenticeable occupations. Primary goals include: Establish YTTW programs to link secondary education and higher education institutions to existing apprenticeship programs registered with the United States Department of Labor (USDOL); Establish YTTW programs in new apprenticeship programs in occupations or industries in New Jersey (NJ) which are not currently registered with the USDOL; Establish YTTW programs in newly activated apprenticeship programs which are registered with the USDOL but are not currently being implemented in NJ; and, Increase the number of high school graduates entering apprenticeship programs in NJ.

New York
Workforce Development Initiative Program – Proposals due no later than: October 28, 2022
The Workforce Development Initiative (WDI) was inaugurated in 2019 with a mission to invest $175 million throughout New York State for innovative, creative, and regionally customized workforce development projects. Awards under this Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) support strategic regional efforts that meet businesses’ short-term workforce needs, address long-term industry needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, and expand workplace learning opportunities. There are two program types under the NYSDOL Workforce Development Initiative Program: 1. Existing Employee Training (EET) Program; and 2. Unemployed/Underemployed Worker Training (UWT) Program. The EET Program provides funding to train businesses’ existing employees who are currently employed in low or middle skills occupations. The Unemployed/Underemployed Worker Training (UWT) Program awards funding for occupational skills training to unemployed/ underemployed workers to qualify them for fulltime employment (35-hours per week or more); part-time employment; and/or a higher level of employment. 

Reimagine Workforce Preparation (RWP) – Proposal Due Date: December 31, 2022
The purpose of this Reimagine Workforce Preparation (RWP) Request for Application (RFA) is to secure the services of eligible organizations that can assist the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) in creating or expanding short-term education and training opportunities that help participants return to work, become entrepreneurs, or expand their small businesses. For the purposes of this RFA, short-term educational program means a program that provides not less than 150, and not more than 600, clock hours of instructional time per participant over a period of not less than 8 weeks and not more than 15 weeks. If a program intends to train for the maximum of 600 hours, the program must be 40 hours per week and can be no longer than 15 calendar weeks. Short-term programs lead to certificates, badges, micro-credentials, licenses, and other workplace-relevant credentials; respond to the needs of businesses; and create opportunities for individuals to more rapidly prepare for, and over time adapt to, changing workplace needs. These activities will assist businesses in addressing an insufficient supply of qualified workers in the wake of a pandemic, the likes of which our country has never seen, and will prepare workers with the occupational skills and credentials that businesses so desperately need.  This cross-collaboration between businesses, workforce development entities, and job seekers will create a local talent pool with relevant occupational skills for in-demand occupations and provide a reliable talent pipeline to businesses during these unprecedented times.

Industry Sector Partnership Grant – Applications Due October 31, 2022
The competitive grant program will help fund collaborative efforts between local businesses, education and training providers, and community stakeholders that are invested in improving their region’s workforce. The goal of the Grant is to increase collaboration to benefit Ohio residents and Ohio job creators. Industry sector partnerships design and implement workforce strategies for specific sectors and individual regions. The Ohio Industry Sector Partnership Grant is open to applications from both existing and emerging partnerships. The Spark Grant is designed to provide "seed funding" for emerging sector partnerships to fund startup activities and become self-sustaining. The Accelerant grant is designed to invigorate the work being done by existing sector partnerships, expanding both reach and impact.

TechCred – Next Application Round: November 1 – 30, 2022
The TechCred program gives businesses the chance to upskill current and future employees in today’s tech-infused economy. Credentials that are eligible under TechCred must be short-term, industry-recognized, and technology-focused. The state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training upon completion of a credential.

Pennsylvania Industry Partnership Grants – Application deadline: October 28, 2022
Pennsylvania is seeking industry partnerships that improve economic prosperity and prepare the Commonwealth’s workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow.  The Industry Partnership program requires businesses within a targeted industry partnering to strengthen their industry through training initiatives, recruitment strategies, raising career awareness, and working together to address additional challenges identified by the businesses.  The goal is to increase regional collaboration to support business needs within an industry sector. 

Apprenticeship Building America Grant - Application deadline: November 4, 2022
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) received an Apprenticeship Building America (ABA) grant from the US Department of Labor (USDOL) with a goal of helping to embed a focus on apprenticeship within the Commonwealth’s workforce system. Grants will be awarded to  Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) to support their efforts to expand apprenticeship and preapprenticeship opportunities in their region. A priority of this grant program is reaching underrepresented populations to increase equity through
supporting pathways to quality employment.

Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant – Application Deadline November 16, 2022
The Wisconsin Fast Forward program is a state-funded grant program that provides employer-led worker training grants. The Office of Skills Development (OSD) at the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) administers the grant program. OSD works to encourage the development of innovative solutions at the local and regional level that bring together employers, educators, workforce development entities, and economic development organizations to meet area workforce needs and increase the economic capacity of its residents. This grant opportunity is for employers who can demonstrate a critical need for skilled workers and are seeking Wisconsin Fast Forward training grants for developing and implementing a business-led skills training program. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $400,000 per Grantee.  Cash or in-kind match equal to 50% of the amount of the grant award is required.

Expanded Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant: Technical Education Equipment Grant – Application Deadline December 8, 2022
The objective of this grant is to: Train more high school students in advanced manufacturing fields to help address Wisconsin's skilled worker shortage. Accelerate the transition of students into Wisconsin's workforce. Provide students and their families with a way to reduce higher education costs by providing dual-enrollment credits, industry-endorsed certificates, and technical endorsements on high school diplomas. This expanded WFF grant program is open to applications from Wisconsin school districts that can demonstrate that the Career and Technical Education program for which they are purchasing and installing advanced manufacturing equipment: Meets the needs of employers in their region; Leverages partnerships and matching funds; Optimizes regional training capacity; Increases the supply of skilled workers in advanced manufacturing fields; Builds on proven programs; and Includes mechanisms for sustainability. Eligible applicants include Wisconsin school districts who must identify partnerships with industry as part of the application process.

YouthBuild – FORECASTED – Estimated Post Date: November 8, 2022 - Estimated Application Due Date: January 1, 2023
The purpose of this program is to fund organizations to provide a pre-apprenticeship program model that encompasses education, occupational skills training, leadership development, and high-quality post-program placement opportunities to opportunity youth. YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who left high school prior to graduation that also have other risk factors, including being an adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, migrant farmworker youth, youth experiencing housing instability, and other disadvantaged youth populations. The YouthBuild program simultaneously addresses multiple core issues important to youth in low-income communities: affordable housing, leadership development, education, and employment opportunities in in-demand industries and apprenticeship pathways. YouthBuild programs serve as the connection point to vital services for participants. Key aspects of the YouthBuild service delivery model include meaningful partnership and collaboration with the public workforce development system, education and human services systems, and labor and industry partners. DOL expects applicants funded through this solicitation to have well-established partnerships in place prior to grant award.  The YouthBuild model balances project-based academic learning and occupational skills training to prepare opportunity youth for career placement. The academic component assists youth who are often significantly behind in basic skill development in obtaining a high school diploma or state high school equivalency credential. The occupational skills training component prepares opportunity youth for apprenticeship and other career pathways and/or further education or training. It also supports the goal of increasing affordable housing within communities by teaching youth construction skills learned by building or significantly renovating homes for sale or rent to low- income families or transitional housing for homeless families or individuals.

This is an evolving list that AMBA will continue to update. Currently, access to this list is available only to members.

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*last updated October 19, 2022

Middle Grades CTE Repository

This repository for state middle grades Career Technical Education (CTE) resources is a deliverable of the Shared Solutions Workgroup on Middle Grades CTE (a group of national, state and local leaders convened by Advance CTE with support from the Association for Career and Technical Education) to identify the core components of a meaningful middle grades CTE experience.

This work was generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The workgroup also produced the following paper, which can serve as a roadmap for state and local leaders looking to design a new middle grades CTE program or policy or to reflect and improve on what is already in place:

The repository is organized by the seven core programmatic elements identified in the Broadening the Path paper. Some elements having subcategories underneath. Most links will take you directly to where the resources are housed; however, for some links you may need to scroll down or search within the webpage to find the relevant resources. Where possible, grade bands have been noted for each resource (e.g., 7-12 or PK-12).

  1. Standards, Curriculum and Assessment
  2. Course/Activity Structure and Scheduling
  3. Career Advisement
  4. Experiential Learning
  5. Teacher and Leaders
  6. Data and Measurement 
  7. Policy 

View the Repository