Workforce Development Capital Grant Program

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The Workforce Development Capital Grant Program will support the capital needs of workforce training providers that seek to enhance or expand their offerings. The Program is open to training programs offering industry-recognized credentials and certificates in high-demand fields by helping trainers make capital investments crucial to industry-driven workforce training. Applicants can apply for funding to be used for modernization of existing training centers, building new facilities, or to purchase machinery, and/or equipment for workforce training.

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$35 million is available through the Workforce Development Capital Grant Program to support the capital needs of workforce training providers that seek to enhance or expand their offerings.

Awards ranging from $100,000 to $3 million will be available for projects that help achieve the following:

  • Responsiveness to industry needs and workforce challenges;
  • Support growing industries in New York by increasing the qualified workforce available through training programs created in partnership with industry;
  • Ensure workers of all skill levels, socioeconomic groups, racial and ethnic groups, gender identities and expressions, and geographies have opportunities to participate and progress in the labor force;
  • Increase the capacity of workforce training providers with a proven track record of results-oriented workforce training and fostering opportunity for underserved populations; and
  • Improvements in data collection and impact tracking across funded programs.
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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                     

Applicants will be required to complete the Consolidated Funding Application to apply.

In addition to completing the Consolidated Funding Application, the following documents are required of each applicant:

  • Organizational chart and resumes of key personnel involved in program implementation
  • Full project budget using the provided budget template
  • Detailed overview of the training to be offered for which the applicant is seeking assistance from this funding, including an estimate of the increased capacity to-be-created using the grant award
  • Three (3) years of most recent audited financial statements
  • Letters from each of the industry partner companies listed in the grant application.  Letters should explain the company’s specific role(s) in the project such as financial commitment, involvement in curriculum development, instructional partner, apprenticeship/internship/job placement partner, recruitment of program trainees, etc.

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

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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 Workforce Development Capital Grant Program 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].