Pay for Performance Grant Program: Capacity-Building Awards

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The Pay for Performance Grant Program will support the operational resource needs of workforce training programs offering specialized job training in high-demand industries. This program will provide flexible funds through two distinct tracks: 1.) Operating Grants and 2.) Capacity-Building Awards.

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The Capacity-Building Awards track rewards training programs successfully placing individuals who complete their program in a good job, further enabling them to expand the capacity of current programs with high placement rates.

Applicants may receive an award between $1,500 and $4,000 per trainee for successfully placing trainees that complete a workforce training program in a good job utilizing skills from their training. Amount of award determination will be based on the depth and breadth of the organization’s services, including: the extent of wraparound services provided; need of the population served; and good job placement in a high-growth targeted industry.

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Eligible Applicants include:

  • Community-based organizations
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Chambers of Commerce and Trade Associations
  • Certain Governmental Organizations (such as workforce development boards)
  • Educational institutions (public or private four-year colleges/universities, or two-year technical/community colleges)
  • Career & technical education providers
  • For-profit training providers      

Applicants will be required to complete the Consolidated Funding Application to apply for the Pay for Performance Grant Program: Capacity-Building Awards track. In addition to completing the Consolidated Funding Application, the following documents are required of each applicant:

  • Detailed overview of the Program Curriculum 
  • Detailed overview of current success metrics
  • Detailed overview of any support services or “wraparound services” available to trainees
  • Letters from each of the industry partner companies who have employed program trainees that includes: number of employees received from the training program, average wages, average retention, career pathway opportunities, and projected future staffing demands
  • Three (3) years of most recent audited financial statements

The full list of eligibility requirements can be found here in the program guidelines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view frequently asked questions.

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How to Apply

  1. Make sure you have thoroughly reviewed the full program guidelines here.
  2. Review the Pay for Performance Grant Program: Capacity-Building Awards checklist.
  3. Complete the OSWD budget template for the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).
  4. Begin the CFA here.

All questions for the OSWD grant programs can be sent to [email protected].