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Five-Category Summary of Recovery Act Competitive Energy Sector Grants

These are awards issued by the U.S. Department of Labor for projects that prepare workers for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors ($500 million)

Grant Name
(National Funding )


Eligible Applicants

Award Amount Per Grantee

Duration of Grant

State Labor Market Information Improvement
($50 million)
Application Announcement
State Contact: Greg Weeks (360-438-4800)

Funds to state Labor Market Information (LMI) agencies or consortia of state LMI agencies to collect, analyze, & disseminate information to enhance the labor exchange infrastructure for careers within the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. Data used to build and implement workforce development strategies.

State Workforce Agencies (Employment Security Department)

$750,000 to $1,250,000 to individual states; grants to multi-state consortia ranging from $2 to $ 4 million.

Applications due August 14, 2009.

Duration is 18 months from date of execution.

Energy Training Partnership
($100 million)
Application Announcement
State Contact:
Liz Smith (360-902-5321)

Green jobs training targeting workers impacted by national energy and environmental policy, individuals in need of updated training related to energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, and unemployed workers. Applications involving apprenticeship and/or pre-apprenticeships strategies strongly encouraged.  A local Workforce Development Council must be a partner but not the grant applicant.

Part A. National Labor-Management organizations.

Part B. Non-profit entities through a labor, employer, WIB partnership

20-30 grants ranging from $2 to $5 million.

¼ of total funds reserved for communities impacted by automobile restructuring.

Applications due September 4, 2009.

Duration is 24 months from date of execution.

Pathways Out of Poverty
($150 million)
Application Announcement

State Contact: Tina Bloomer (360-704-4325)

Applicant must have experience serving individuals with barriers to employment. Applicant must use a strategic partnership to design career pathways, set up support services, arrange integrated basic skills training with occupational skills training and deliver certification training. Part B applicants must propose a project that serves one single high poverty community (or a neighborhood within a city).

Part A. National non-profit organizations.

Part B. Community colleges, local Workforce Development Councils, and non-profit organizations.

$3 to $8 million for national nonprofit orgs.

$2 to $4 million for local applicants.

Applications. due September. 29, 2009.

Duration is 24 months from date of execution.

State Energy Sector and Training Grants
($190 million)
Application Announcement

State Contact:
Martin McCallum

DOL will select states who propose a strategic planning process that aligns the Governor’s overall workforce vision, state energy policies, and local and regional training activities that lead to employment in targeted green energy sector.

The State Workforce Investment Board (Workforce Board) is the eligible applicant. The Workforce leads a state energy sector partnership team. As substate grantees, local WDCs manage projects and contract training.

Range of awards is $2 to $6 million. 13 percent of total funds reserved for communities undergoing auto industry restructuring.

Applications due October 20, 2009.

Duration is 36 months from date of execution.

Green Capacity Building
($5 million)
Application Announcement

Funds will be used to enhance active, competitively awarded, workforce projects such as YouthBuild and National Farmworker Jobs Program. Applicants must propose new opportunities for project participants to connect to career pathways in green industries.

Competition limited to Department of Labor grantees awarded funds under previous specific Solicitations for Grant Applications.

Awards will range from $50,000 to $100,000.

Applications due August 5, 2009.

Duration is 12 months from date of execution.

Produced by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (Workforce Board)
Martin McCallum

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