Current Grant Opportunities - Customized
Limited funding is available for the Customized Training grant program. Please see below for grant information and instructions on how to submit an application.
The Workforce Investment Board of Monroe County/Rochester has made available Federal grant funds to small and medium sized businesses in Monroe County to address employer demands for skilled workers and upgrade the skills of their employees earning between $10.00 - $25.00 per hour. Organizations may request up to $5,000 per application, for training that can be completed within three (3) months or by June 30, 2014.
Customized Training grants will provide funds to businesses to train employed workers in specific skills needed by the business or industry leading to potential career growth, job retention and increased wages. As a result of training, eligible trainees should attain in-demand, transferable skills or industry-recognized certifications/credentials. Training should also relate to one or more of the following purposes: introduction of new technology, introduction of a new service or the ability to serve an underserved population, and/or upgrading to new jobs that require additional skills.
Applicants are required to provide matching funds equal to the amount of funds requested. Payments are made on a reimbursable basis once training is completed and cost and trainee documentation is submitted. Applicants must comply with New York State Labor Law.
The RochesterWorks! system was created as a result of the Workforce Investment Act, which took effect in 2000. RochesterWorks! connects 18 different federally funded employment and training programs in Monroe County. Most of the services provided through RochesterWorks! are funded by the Workforce Investment Act. The system is governed by the Workforce Investment Board, which oversees over $6 million dollars in employment and training resources. Federally funded services to businesses include recruitment assistance as well as training.
• Private sector for-profit or not-for-profit organizations in Monroe County may apply.
•Organizations must fall within the Economic Clusters identified by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council including: Higher Education; Advanced Healthcare; Life Sciences; Optics, Photonics and Imaging; Energy Innovation; Advanced Manufacturing; Business Services/Software/Telecommunications; Agriculture and Food Processing; and Tourism and the Arts.
•Employees to be trained should work in Monroe County.
•Public employees (i.e., federal, state, county, and municipal employees) are not eligible for training with these funds.
•Applications may not exceed $5,000.
• Requests for funding under $500 will not be entertained. Organizations may apply for a maximum of $10,000 between July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.
•Training providers, trade organizations and other third party entities are not eligible to apply for Customized Training funds on behalf of other organizations.
•Organizations with poor performance outcomes on previous training initiatives will not be awarded funds.
•Organizations must successfully pass the vetting process set forth by the New York State Department of Labor including a check of the organization’s OSHA records, WARN notices, Unemployment Insurance (UI) payment status, and NYS Disability and Worker’s Compensation insurance.
Use of Funds
• Trainees must earn at least $10.00 an hour and no more than $25.00 to qualify for training with these funds.
• Trainees must be employees of the applicant business, not independent contractors or contract employees. Employees identified for training should be permanent, full-time employees. Part-time employees may be trained if training will result in their becoming full-time employees immediately following training.
• Applications will not be entertained for training that has already started or been completed. This includes tuition for courses taken towards a degree program that has started previous to the application.
• All training activities must be completed by June 30, 2014. No extensions will be provided.
• Funds requested may only include cost of classroom instruction (i.e., tuition or course fees), customized training and in-house staff training costs.
•Applicants must pay at least 50% of the total cost of training. Matching funds can include one or portions of the following: cost of instruction, wages of employees being trained while in training, training materials, and expenses associated with out-of-town training.
•Funds may not be used for administrative costs, construction/renovation of buildings, purchase of equipment, training videos, training materials, software, government mandated training (e.g. safety or OSHA training), basic or introductory computer literacy (Intro to Outlook, Word or Excel) or payment of employee wages or wage subsidies.
•Funds also may not will not pay for the costs of conference and seminars; curriculum development; soft skills training such as team building, inter-generational workplace communication, etc.; and any activities determined to be business consulting rather than training, i.e. coaching, follow-up, etc.
•Funds are not meant to be used for trainee acquisition of college degrees.
•The wages of employees participating in training, training materials and travel expenses are not reimbursable expenses.
The Workforce Investment Board is committed to providing training funds that will help businesses maintain their competitive edge and grow through improving the skills of the workforce. As a result of funding, companies are expected to provide training to employees, which will result in the acquisition of transferable skills or an industry-recognized certification or credential or the development of foundational skills, thereby enhancing their long-term employability, career growth and earnings potential. It is expected that as a result of skills upgrading, the wages of the participants will increase and employee retention will be improved.
Since the retention of employees is an important goal, it is expected that if any of the workers trained through this program are laid off within one year of the end date of the contract, the business may reimburse RochesterWorks, Inc. for the training costs associated with the laid off worker(s).
All applications will be subject to an evaluation by RochesterWorks, Inc. on behalf of the Workforce Investment Board. Successful applications will solve workforce problems by: addressing identified skilled worker shortages within an industry, promoting skills upgrading for employed workers directly leading to potential career growth and increased wages for the trainees.
Applications for Customized Training will be accepted on a continuous basis. Please allow 14 business days for your application to be processed. Selection will depend on available funding and the number of quality proposals. Training can not take place until the organization has been notified of and approved for an award.
Applications must be submitted electronically or mailed to:
Business Services Coordinator
255 North Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 258-3520 (Phone)
(585) 473-6755 (Fax)firstname.lastname@example.org