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Grants to New Jersey Municipal and County Libraries to Provide Job Search Assistance


Geographic Focus

USA: New Jersey

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New Jersey Libraries Career Connections Grant for Uniform Career Guidance and Job Search Assistance Services

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #167316

Grant Description

Grants of up to $50,000 to New Jersey municipal and County libraries and library systems (offering services at multiple libraries in their system) to be part of a new program to assist job seekers. On January 5 a technical assistance workshop will be held. Libraries will work in partnership with the State library to distribute job search information and assist job seekers in using the Career Connections digital platform on the Jobs4Jersey website to connect them to jobs.

Specifically, applicants can apply to participate in a new partnership with the State Library and local libraries (county and municipal) across the state to provide assistance to an even larger number of job seekers.

This initiative will provide grants to twenty-six libraries across the state, to be selected competitively, that will serve as access points for State workforce services. The libraries will distribute job search information and will assist job seekers in using the Career Connections digital platform on the Jobs4Jersey website to connect them to jobs.

The Department will provide training and support to library staff so that they can effectively help their local residents. Additionally, the State Library will receive a grant to assist in the implementation of this initiative.

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  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Local libraries (county or municipal).
- Library systems can apply and propose to offer services at multiple libraries within their system.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The LWD will host a technical assistance workshop

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM
LWD Building Auditorium
1 John Fitch Plaza, 13th Floor
Trenton, New Jersey

To register for the technical assistance workshop please go to:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

26 local libraries (County or municipal).

Estimated Size of Grant:

$50,000 per applicant.

Term of Contract:

January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

There may be the possibility of renewal for a second year contingent on the successful performance of the program/grantees and on the availability of funds.

Thirty days after the end of the contract period (January 31, 2017), the library or library system is responsible to submit a closeout report, including a year-end dashboard, compilation of all monthly activity and financial outcomes. The Library Career Connections Staff must give a presentation to the LWD on the year-end dashboard.

Contact Information:

For Technical Assistance Contact:

Judith Loane, Workforce Operations and Business Services

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates / changes / addendums / conferences / LOIs.

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