Purpose of Grant: To provide funding support to training providers across the State to ensure that New York energy efficiency and clean technology businesses have an adequate supply of new and existing workers with the necessary occupational skills, credentials and experience to participate in the clean energy economy.
Project Period: Projects are anticipated to be completed within approximately two years.
Application Due Date: By 3 PM on May 23, 2019; August 6, 2019; October 22, 2019; January 23, 2020. (Due dates beyond May 23, 2019 are subject to funding availability.)
Project Description: Activities should support: 1) enhancing the skills of existing workers consistent with business needs; and, 2) training and providing job preparedness and placement services to new workers for new jobs identified by businesses.
Eligible activities must focus on training in high efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); renewable heating and cooling; high efficiency water heating; insulation and air sealing; high efficiency lighting and controls; building automation and controls; smart grid; energy storage; and related areas.
Activities may include but are not limited to: developing, modifying or implementing curriculum; delivering training (on-line, classroom, on-site, etc.); certification costs; equipment purchase for hands-on training; hiring and training trainers; marketing; internships (including costs for administering internships and intern wages); marketing as detailed above; job placement services; pre-apprenticeships; and apprenticeships. Funding is also available to simply expand the capacity of existing energy efficiency and clean energy training to meet a demonstrated business need related to hiring new workers or advancing existing workers.
Eligible Applicants: “Training providers” providing training in eligible technology areas can include technical high schools, community colleges, universities, trade associations, manufacturers, unions, community-based organizations and non-for-profit organizations with a demonstrated track record in energy-related training and job preparedness or placement.
Funding: Between $50,000 and $250,000, with a 30% cost share.