The Eligibility for this Grant Challenge has been revised.
The Grant Challenge is open to public and nonprofit entities that can design and execute workforce and skills training programs for the offshore wind industry. These entities can include but are not limited to Community-Based Organizations, workforce training organizations, labor unions, workforce placement intermediaries, technical high schools, community colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, and regional workforce development boards. Private, for-profit entities are not eligible as primary applicants, but may be part of an applicant team as collaborators.
- All applications must include at least one Community-Based Organization with demonstrated experience serving a New Jersey Overburdened Community, as defined by New Jersey’s Environmental Justice Law. The Community-Based Organization must either be the primary applicant or a strategic collaborator with the primary applicant. All applications that include the Community-Based Organization as a strategic collaborator must clearly define the Community-Based Organization’s role and specifically it’s alignment with the CBO’s mission and/or services and the amount of the grant request allocated to the Community-Based Organization for the agreed upon role on the applicant team.
- For the purposes of this training challenge, a Community-Based Organization is defined as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides direct services or supports to a specific geographic NJ community(ies) or specific segments of a New Jersey community(ies). For the purposes of this Challenge, government entities, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher learning do not qualify as Community-Based Organizations. However, these entities may be the primary applicant or an additional collaborator on the applicant team.
- NJ’s Environmental Justice Law, N.J.S.A 13:1D-157, defines Overburdened Communities as any census block group, as determined with the most recent United States Census in which: 1) at least 35 percent of the households qualify as low-income households; 2) at least 40 percent of residents identify as minority or as members of a State recognized tribal community; or 3) at least 40 percent of the households have limited English proficiency.
- Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with additional entities, including for-profit or non-profit entities, to design and implement the training program as needed.
The primary applicant must be in substantial good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) and NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to participate in the program. The primary applicant must also provide a current tax clearance certificate as part of the application to demonstrate the applicant is properly registered to do business in New Jersey and in good standing with the NJ Division of Taxation.