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April 11, 2024
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NJEDA Approves Creation of $7M Green Workforce Training Grant Challenge


The grant challenge supports the State’s goals to prepare New Jersey residents for jobs in the green economy

TRENTON, N.J. (April 11, 2024) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board approved the creation of the Green Workforce Training Grant Challenge. The $7 million grant program will prepare New Jersey residents for green economy careers, with a particular focus on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and serving overburdened communities.

“Governor Phil Murphy is committed to investing in our clean energy future, and through programs like the Green Workforce Training Grant, the NJEDA is spearheading initiatives that increase access to skills and training, putting New Jerseyans at the forefront of green economy careers,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Through this important workforce development program, New Jersey is investing in our clean energy future by expanding opportunities and ensuring equitable access to good-paying jobs for all residents, especially those in overburdened communities.”

The Grant Challenge is a competitive funding opportunity, where applicants will be asked to submit proposals that outline their plans to develop and implement workforce supports to bolster the green economy, with a focus on New Jersey’s overburdened communities. Grants from $250,000 up to $1.5 million are available. Awardees may use funds to cover design, planning, capital, and implementation costs to offer training programs in green economy industries.

“The Green Workforce Training Grant Challenge is a unique chance for entities across the State of New Jersey, as it provides funds for them to train residents for jobs in the green economy, while ensuring a diverse workforce,” said Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy and Council on the Green Economy Eric Miller. “This Grant Challenge will provide long-lasting solutions that will protect our environment while creating opportunities for our state’s workforce.”

The Green Workforce Training Grant Challenge was created by the NJEDA, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy and the Wind Institute for Innovation and Training. The program is funded with $4.35 million through the Council on the Green Economy and $2.65 million from the Wind Institute.

“We are experiencing a clean-energy renaissance, and New Jersey is positioning its residents to succeed in this emerging industry,” said NJEDA Vice President of Offshore Wind Jen Becker. “This Grant Challenge will build our talent pipeline for the growing offshore wind and green economy sectors and will help to ensure equitable access to the industry for diverse workers and overburdened communities.”

The Green Workforce Training Grant Challenge builds upon the Green Jobs Council’s NJ Building our Resilient, Inclusive, and Diverse Green Economy (BRIDGE) Initiative. Last year, a total of $5 million in grants were awarded through the BRIDGE Initiative to support organizations working to create a diverse and inclusive workforce to support the state’s clean energy goals.

Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, community-based organizations, workforce training organizations, labor unions, technical high schools, county colleges, non-profits, regional workforce development boards, and private-sector companies. Applicants must include at least one Community-Based Organization (CBO) that serves one or more New Jersey overburdened community as part of their application.

Applicants’ proposals must include their plans to implement workforce programs, connect participants with job opportunities in the green economy, develop outreach that targets and supports a diverse and inclusive pool of participants, including those from overburdened communities, and define program evaluation and success metrics.

More information about the Green Workforce Training Grant Challenge, including eligibility requirements and a formal application, will be available on www.njeda.gov by mid-2024.

About the NJEDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses, call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.gov and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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