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Opportunity Partnership Grant (OPG)

Grants to New Jersey Educational Institutions and Training
Providers for Workforce Training in Growth Sectors

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL)

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04/06/21 3:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $6,000 per trainee to New Jersey post-secondary educational institutions and training providers to help dislocated and displaced workers find employment. Funding is intended to fill positions in occupations for which there is or is likely to be an excessive demand for labor beyond the current supply for adequately trained workers within the specific occupation.

The purpose of the Opportunity Partnership Grant (OPG) training program is to assist displaced/dislocated workers secure employment by providing occupational training in industry sectors recognized and driven by employer's in-demand needs. The goal of the OPG training program is to re-connect training participants with gainful employment that offers them a sustainable wage. In an effort to provide training services that are needed by employers and find workforce skill gaps that are present in the current economy, applicants are encouraged to review labor market information in the “Demand Occupation Listings”, at the DOL website.

Purpose for which the grant funds will be used: The Department will focus their investments on training programs that result in industry specific jobs that are “in-demand”. Funds are appropriated to develop skills for displaced/dislocated individuals that result in employment in a labor demand occupation. The training offered must lead to an industry recognized certificate, credential, or licensure as required by employers, in demand industry sectors. 

Applicants who are awarded a training grant must collaborate and cooperate with the One-Stop Career Centers to source and recruit eligible candidates for their training program. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 183971

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The maximum grant award will be $175,000 per proposal.

Applicants may budget a cost of up to $6,000 per trainee.

When calculating the total cost of the grant request, not more than 10% of the funds received shall be expended on anything other than direct training costs--direct costs do not include the service provider’s administrative expense(s).

Term of Contract:

Start Date and End Date of Grant Program: April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Service providers of employment and training services are eligible to apply, including but not limited to:
- New Jersey’s Workforce Development Boards (WDB’s) who engage external “third-party” training providers
- Post-secondary educational institutions
- Training providers who are approved by LWD

DOL will not fund: Training that is not comparatively priced with similar training titles listed on the state’s eligible training provider list (ETPL) unless the applicant states that the training offered includes more preparation than recorded on the ETPL. The value-added preparation must be clearly described in the applicant’s proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposal Due: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 by 3:00 p.m. Both email and postal mail proposals must be received at DOL by 3 p.m. on the due date.

Reimbursement for Training: Payments are disbursed using the “pay-for-performance” method within the following benchmarks:
- Twenty-five percent of total approved cost per trainee after the course starts and the trainee is enrolled for at least 10 days.
- Twenty-five percent of total approved cost per trainee after contracted hours mid-point
- Forty percent of total approved cost per trainee after course qualifications are completed and if requirement for employment, certification/licensure are received by the certifying agency.
- Ten percent of total approved cost per trainee after the trainee is hired and placed into a full-time position if within 90 days of completing the training or an extension date approved by DOL. The grantee will be reimbursed for job placement upon verification by DOL.

The applicant must contact a representative from the area Workforce Development Board (WDB) Local WDBs in NJ for the purpose of guidance and to discuss the applicant’s proposed project and intent to apply for the Opportunity Partnership Grant which is State funded through the Workforce Development Partnership Program (WDPP).

All training providers must be registered on the DOL Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL):

The grantee shall be required to account to the satisfaction of NJDOL for matching and cost sharing requirements in accordance with the agreement and federal and state requirements.

Only one proposal may be submitted per job title; an applicant may submit more than one proposal for different job titles within an industry sector. The applicant’s employer partner may have a need to hire various job titles that have different training requirements and associated costs; therefore, a separate proposal must be submitted for each job title.

Contact Information:

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

Applicants must provide the proposal in accordance with the requirements listed within this NGO. Proposals must be emailed to OPG Program Manager Ms. Gerri Brosh at .

In addition, postal mail proposals must be submitted to:
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Division of Workforce
Attention: Ms. Gerri Brosh, Opportunity Partnership Grant (OPG) program
1 John Fitch Plaza – 7th Floor
P.O. Box 055
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0055

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