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Women and Minority Groups in Construction Trades

Grants to New Jersey Agencies, Trade Schools, Nonprofits, and IHEs
to Prepare Women and Minorities for Jobs in the Construction Industry

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD)

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10/25/19 12:00 PM (Noon)


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Grants to New Jersey local governments, local governments, nonprofit agencies, trade and vocational schools, institutions of higher education, CBOs, labor and trade organizations, employers, and contractors to provide women and minorities with training and employment opportunities in the construction industry. Interested applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent and pre-register prior to applying. Funding is intended to support pre-apprenticeship training, vocation-based training, workforce readiness, and employability.

There are 15 affiliated construction trades occupations in the construction industry. The following 15 occupations have the greatest opportunity for employment based upon projected growth and replacement data. Proposals must focus on construction training for women and minorities which will lead to apprenticeship and/or employment in the following occupations:

  • Boilermakers
  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Elevator Constructors
  • Finishing Trades (Painters, Glaziers, and Drywall Finishers)
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Operating Engineers
  • Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons
  • Pipe Trades (Plumbers and Pipefitters, Sprinkler Fitters, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning [HVAC] Service Technicians)
  • Roofers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Heavy Truck Drivers

This competitive Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO) is being made available to achieve two primary goals:

1. Increase opportunities for women to acquire skills, increase employment opportunities and benefit economically from construction projects within New Jersey.

2. Assist contractors and trade unions in meeting their workforce needs through the recruiting and training of women and minority groups.

Each applicant must include a plan on how they will meet each of the following three objectives: 

  • Engage USDOL Registered Apprenticeship programs and construction contractors in the development and provision of construction-related pre-apprenticeship training. 
  • Provide training in the following areas: Workforce readiness /employability skills instruction; and, occupation-specific construction-related trades training.
  • Assist participants with job placement services targeting employment in a USDOL registered apprenticeship programs or construction related jobs that pays no less than $15 per hour. Participants must acquire at least one industry-valued credential. 

For expected program outcomes, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184605

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards may be funded at a maximum of $300,000 each.

The maximum cost for training is $6,000 per participant.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is for 12 months with the option for two (2) one year renewals, contingent on the availability of funding.

Start Date and End Date of Grant Program: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- County or municipal governments;
- Public training providers or trade schools;
- Community-based organizations;
- Labor organizations;
- Employers and/or contractors;
- Public vocational schools;
- Institutions of higher education;
- Public or private, non-profit agencies; or
- Trade organizations which represent a particular trade, group of trades, contractors or employers.

Please note: All applicants must demonstrate a relationship with employers/contractors and/or a USDOL Registered Apprenticeship program enabling program participants to transition into employment.

In order to meet the employment needs of existing trade unions and private contractors, this funding will only support partnerships with trade unions and private contractors in the development and provision of pre-apprenticeship training and the placement of individuals with labor unions to meet their workforce needs.

All training providers utilized as part of a grant must be registered/approved on the State’s Eligible Training Provider list (ETPL) at

Program Participant Eligibility Requirements:

- Be a woman and/or a member of a minority group;
- Reside in New Jersey;
- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of program completion;
- Possess a high school diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma;
- Be drug-free throughout the training and placement;
- Must be registered with a One Stop Career Center and if eligible be WIOA co-enrolled and offered appropriate services such as interviewing skills, resume writing, career exploration, etc.

Possible outreach and recruitment sources should include One-Stop Career Centers (OSCCs), vocational or technical institutions, community and faith-based organizations, successful graduates from the New Jersey Youth Corps and Youth Transitions to Work (YTTW) programs and community college graduates.

Pre-proposal Conference:

LWD will provide a technical assistance workshop to potential applicants. General guidance on completing the required application and SAGE instructions will be provided. It is important that both the highest official and the Grant Manager attend the workshop. The technical assistance workshop will be held as follows:

- First workshop: Friday, September 13, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Onsite registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration for the workshop is required by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
- Second workshop: Friday. September 27, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Onsite registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration for the workshop is required by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Both workshops will be held at:
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
13th Floor Auditorium
1 John Fitch Plaza
Trenton, NJ 08608

To pre-register for the workshop:

Pre-Application Information:


FY2020 Round 1:
- Letter of Intent (SAGE registration/LOI submitted and accepted by LWD): 12:00 noon on 10/3/19
- Online Application (Completed in SAGE): 12:00 noon on 10/4/19
- Expected Panel Review Week of: 10/21/19

FY2020 Round 2:
- Letter of Intent (SAGE registration/LOI submitted and accepted by LWD): 12:00 noon on 10/24/19
- Online Application (Completed in SAGE): 12:00 noon on 10/25/19
- Expected Panel Review Week of: 11/11/19

Please note: Dates are subject to change based on available funding or due to unforeseen circumstances and any changes will be posted on the department’s webpage.

Applicants will be notified of the decision by LWD within 30 days of the panel review date.

Application process:

- Any potential applicant must first submit a letter of intent via email. The letter of intent needs to include a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) Number. Letters of Intent will be accepted beginning September 19, 2019.
- LWD manages grants electronically using the System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE). In the event you do not currently have access to SAGE you must register in advance. You will receive an email message confirming that your account has been validated. Within the next three business days, LWD will provide access to the application. After receiving the confirmation, eligible entities will have access to complete and submit their grant application online. It is recommended that registration in SAGE be submitted at the time the letter of intent is completed.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the letter of intent via email to NJBUILDPROGRAMS@DOL.NJ.GOV.

To pre-register through SAGE:

For Technical Assistance contact:

Name: Gerard Balmir
Division: Workforce Development
Telephone Number: 609-292-1467
Email Address:

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
1 John Fitch Plaza
P.O. Box 110
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0110

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