Consolidated Funding Application: now open

The Regional Economic Development Council is once again making funding available through its Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for workforce development.

The CFA represents a great opportunity for companies looking to create or grow a workforce development program.

Since the launch of the Consolidated Funding Application in 2011, 235 projects have been awarded $213.9 million in CFA funds in Western New York.

REDC Graphic DraftsNYS Department of Labor is making approximately $5 million in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding available through this Request for Proposals (RFP) to support four Workforce Development programs:

  • Existing Employee Training Program: trains existing workers of the applicant business in occupational skills that lead to job advancement
  • New Hire Training Program: trains dislocated workers who require on-the-job training upon being hired
  • Unemployed Worker Training Program: provides required, classroom-based training to dislocated workers who are otherwise under-qualified
  • Special Populations Training Program: trains unemployed workers in special populations* who required classroom-based training in order to be qualified to be hired through a partnership with businesses.
    *[i.e., displaced homemakers, low income individuals, Native Americans, individuals with disabilities, older individuals, ex-offenders, homeless individuals or homeless youth, youth who are in or have aged out of the foster care system, individuals who are English language learners, individuals who have low levels of literacy, individuals facing substantial cultural barriers, migrant and seasonal farm workers, individuals within 2 years of exhausting lifetime eligibility under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), and single parents (including single pregnant women)]

The CFA is designed to support Governor Cuomo’s model for economic development and job creation, as outlined by the Regional Economic Development Council.

Eligible applicants include: private sector for-profit businesses (including LLPs and LLCs), private sector not-for-profit businesses who are registered with the NYS Grants Gateway, and training providers with two or more employees.

We encourage all eligible applicants to apply today to start taking advantage of this program that serves to strengthen our region’s business climate and overall economy.  

Questions are accepted through July 22, 2015 and must be sent to Proposals are due July 31, 2015.

If you have any further questions please email me.

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