Pay for Performance Grant Program: Operating Grants

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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 Operating Grants track seeks to facilitate innovative, sustainable, and impactful approaches to workforce development. Applicants can apply for funding to be used for a variety of working capital and/or programmatic expenses related to a new program or expansion of an existing program such as curricula development, instruction and instructional materials, technology, marketing, and/or trainee supports, etc. 

The Operating Grants track will cover the programmatic expenses related to the establishment of a new program, or the expansion of an existing training program that implements in-demand skills training, catalyzes creative approaches to workforce development for long-term impact, and is responsive to industries and the needs of trainees.

Funding assistance for the Operating Grants track will range from $50,000 to $1,000,000. ESD may provide up to seventy-five percent (75%) of total project cost. Preference will be given to applicants leveraging more than the minimum twenty-five percent (25%) of the project cost from additional sources.

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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
  • Organized labor training programs
  • For-profit training providers                                                                          

Some Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applications must be developed in partnership with a business or multiple businesses to maximize industry focused curriculum development and promote direct job placement.  
  • Applicants must have an established track record of effective training and trusted relationships within priority communities. This is demonstrated in the application through a variety of metrics including completion and placement rates, consistent and/or growing enrollment, and providing services that support participant success including wraparound services such as childcare, transportation, career coaching, etc.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the organizational and financial management expertise to successfully implement the project through previous experience.

The full list of eligibility requirements can be found 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: Operating Grants 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].