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Growing Apprenticeship in Nontraditional Sectors (GAINS)

Grants to New Jersey Employers, Nonprofits, IHEs, and
Agencies to Develop and Expand Apprenticeship Programs

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) - Office of Apprenticeship

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11/29/19 12:00 Noon


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Grants to New Jersey employers, nonprofits, trade associations, labor and workforce organizations, LEAs, vocational schools, workforce development boards, and IHEs to expand and develop approved apprenticeship programs. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to cover wage reimbursement and training costs, and to provide incentives to employers to hire registered apprentices.

The main goal of this Notice of Grant Opportunity is to promote equality of opportunity, upward mobility, and economic fairness.

The purpose of the GAINS program is to promote the expansion and development of USDOL approved Registered Apprenticeship programs that drive economic development through skills and educational attainment and create pathways to better-paying careers and advanced credentials. While this NGO describes ten (10) sectoral/occupational areas of focus, all occupations that are recognized by USDOL as “apprenticeable” are encouraged to apply.

This competitive NGO is being made available to accomplish any of the following primary goals:

  • Establish new and expand on existing apprenticeship programs in NJ that are registered with the USDOL, and are within occupations that are currently listed on USDOL’s approved occupation list;
  • Establish apprenticeship programs in high growth occupations, sectors, or industries in NJ.


Establish and expand registered apprenticeship programs in the following sectors: Advanced Manufacturing; Bio Pharma/Life Sciences; Energy, Utilities, and Infrastructure; Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism; Financial Services/Insurance; Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution; Information Technology/Cyber Security; Renewable Energy; Healthcare; and Other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related sectors/occupations.

Long Term Objectives:

  1. Increase the number of Registered Apprenticeship programs in NJ;
  2. Increase the number of Registered Apprentices in NJ;
  3. Provide training that leads to certifications, licenses and/or college credits;
  4. Move workers from low skill entry-level positions or from industries directly affected by international trade or skill-biased technical change to full occupational proficiency;
  5. Provide greater employment opportunities for members of disadvantaged classes, unemployed/dislocated workers, students;
  6. Assist small businesses with developing quality training programs;
  7. Develop a highly-skilled workforce that possesses the skills and qualifications demanded by businesses in NJ;
  8. Increase the proficiency of NJ’s labor supply with the goal of increasing wages in the state and making the state labor market an attractive option for out of state businesses to locate;
  9. Increase the number of professional credentials for residents in NJ;
  10. Increased employment opportunities for residents in existing or new apprenticeable industries;
  11. Recognition of registered apprenticeship as a key component of New Jersey’s Workforce Readiness System. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 184661

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For new and expanding USDOL Registered Apprenticeship program applicants: GAINS funding can be used to reimburse employers up to 50% of new apprentice’s wage rate, which shall not be below 150% of the State minimum wage ($15.00 in 2019 and $16.50 for 2020) at the date of hire for the apprentice, not to exceed a maximum of 40 hours weekly, and for a duration no longer than 26 work weeks. This wage incentive shall only be used for apprentices that are registered after the beginning of the period of performance of the contract. This amount may not exceed $8,000 per individual apprentice. Sponsors are free to distribute the incentive among as many individual apprentices as needed (e.g. $8,000 for 10 apprentices, $4,000 for 20, $2000 for 40 etc.)

Term of Contract:

The anticipated length of the contract period is 12 months unless otherwise extended or reduced at the discretion of the LWD.

Additionally, successful applicants may be eligible for multi-year funding awards up to three years, contingent on availability of funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This competitive grant opportunity is open to the following entities who are developing new, or building upon existing Registered Apprenticeship programs:
- Any employer;
- Employer / Trade Associations
- Any labor organization which represents workers in the occupation for which the apprentices will be trained;
- Labor/Management Partnership (public or private)
- New Jersey Local Education Agency (LEA);
- Public vocational schools within New Jersey;
- Two- and four-year institutions of higher education;
- Public or private non-profit organizations (including Community Based Organizations);
- Business or trade organizations representing a particular trade, group of trades, contractors or employers;
- Community-based organizations;
- New Jersey local Workforce Development Boards;
- Economic development organizations;
- Workforce Intermediary Sponsors.

Grant funds provided through this NGO may not be expended for the following:
- Indirect costs (e.g. travel, meals, lodging);
- Pension and/or health benefits for part-time staff;
- Mileage and toll expenses for out-of-state travel;
- Overnight accommodations;
- Capital construction or renovation;
- Costs associated with preparing the grant application; and
- Costs of memberships in associations or organizations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

LWD will provide two technical assistance sessions to potential applicants. General guidance on completing the required documents, budget forms and an overview of SAGE will be provided. It is important that both the Program Director and Fiscal Officer attend this session. It is strongly suggested that applicants attend the technical assistance workshop. The technical assistance workshops will be held:

- Monday, September 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM. On-site registration will begin at 1:30 PM.
- Monday, October 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM. On-site registration will begin at 1:30 PM.

The technical assistance workshops will be held at:
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
13th Floor Auditorium
1 John Fitch Plaza
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

Pre-registration is required three business days prior to the date of the technical assistance workshop at:

Seating is limited and only registered individuals will be able to attend the workshop.

Pre-Application Information:

- Announcement Date: August 22, 2019
- Technical Assistance Workshop: September 23, 2019 and October 7, 2019
- Letter of Intent Due Date: October 21, 2019
- Application Deadline: November 29, 2019 by 12:00 noon

Applicants interested in applying for the GAINS grant must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to express interest in the grant opportunity. Letters of Intent must be submitted no later October 21, 2019.

Programs that utilize in-kind, philanthropic, cash, federal funding (e.g. Individual Training Accounts, WIOA Title 1 etc.), and/or other leveraged funds to support the apprenticeship program will be viewed positively during panel review.

Final award decisions will be communicated approximately 45 days following the application deadline.

The payment structure for all contracts will be cost reimbursement.

Funding from the GAINS program are only available for applicants who are developing, or expanding upon, existing programs that are registered with USDOL and/or will be within the list of approved apprenticeable occupations. These occupations can be found here:

Contact Information:

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

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For information, contact:
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Office of Apprenticeship
1 John Fitch Plaza
PO Box 055, 7th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0055

Contact: James Manning, Chief, Contracts and Programs, Office of Apprenticeship
Telephone: (609) 633-6438

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USA: New Jersey