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Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) Grant Initiative

Grants to USA Partnerships to Expand or Create
Youth Apprenticeship Programs

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New America - Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA)

Deadline Date:

03/08/19 11:59 PM PST


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Grants to USA partnerships for new and established youth apprenticeship activities. Funding is intended to create and implement strategies that advance youth apprenticeship in regions, cities, and states across the country. Grants will support cross-site learning, strategy development, and implementation activities that strengthen equitable outcomes for students, employers, and communities. Partnerships must include leaders from industry, as well as secondary and post-secondary education.

Apprenticeship is a proven education and workforce strategy that combines paid, structured on-the-job training with related, classroom learning. A youth apprenticeship is a structured, work-based learning program designed to start when apprentices are in high school.

Statewide, regional, or local partnerships may use this opportunity to develop and implement a strategy that culminates in the launch of a new, scalable, high-quality youth apprenticeship program by fall 2020, and is a first step within a broader plan for multi-year expansion. This opportunity can also be used to develop and implement a strategy to expand and/or improve an existing youth apprenticeship program or system. Strategies might include:
- Expanding the scope of an existing program to new careers or industries and/or significantly increasing the number of participating students and employers within existing focus areas;
- Replicating it across new communities or regions;
- Taking steps to promote more equitable access and outcomes for students across demographic groups, communities and regions;
- Improving post-secondary connections and opportunities for apprentices to earn early college credit.

Aligned with PAYA’s National Principles for High-Quality Youth Apprenticeship, grantees will develop and implement strategies that:
- Launch and expand youth apprenticeship pathways that are aligned to careers that pay family supporting wages and address the workforce needs of local industry partners;
- Advance policy and system alignment to mainstream youth apprenticeship as a high-quality post-secondary option for high school age youth, with equitable access and outcomes; and
- Articulate a long-term vision and plan for the sustainable expansion of their youth apprenticeship program(s).

Allowable uses of funds include:
- Partner and leadership convening;
- Coordination and implementation capacity building through dedicated program staff and/or consulting resources;
- Research and communications;
- Travel;
- Other purposes associated with planning and implementation costs for pilot programs or program improvements, including supportive services to address equity gaps.

For additional information regarding applicant competitiveness see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185241

Number of Grants:

4 - 8

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $200,000 depending on the size and makeup of the grantee cohort.

Term of Contract:

Implementation of activities should be between May 2019 and October 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This opportunity is open to new and existing public-private partnerships that support the launch and expansion of high-quality youth apprenticeship programs in cities, states, and regions across the United States. Note that for the purposes of this initiative, “regions” are defined broadly as multi-jurisdictional geographies both large and small, which may include counties, towns and rural areas. A single region may include partners across multiple states, based on labor market realities.

The composition of partnerships and how they function should reflect local, state, or regional needs and context, but all eligible partnerships must include partners from industry, secondary, and post- secondary education. Specifically, partnerships must have:
- A clear lead organization to coordinate partnership and manage strategy
development and implementation: The lead organization will demonstrate relevant local expertise and be well-positioned to support the partnership’s effort to build and expand high-quality youth apprenticeship programs. This demands strong organizational leadership and management, a track record of partnerships with relevant stakeholders, as well as a commitment to advancing equity within the organization and within the strategy development and implementation. Designated leads must be a U.S.-based not-for-profit organization, state or local government entity, or higher education institution, exempt from federal income taxation.
- A designated intermediary or commitment to early identification of intermediary: Intermediaries bring critical capacity to support functions related to program development and implementation. They work between employer and education partners and are accountable for the whole experience of the apprenticeship to ensure it meets the needs of both participating students and employers. Partnerships should identify what organization(s) will serve as program intermediaries, or in the case of early stage efforts, articulate how this capacity will be built to serve the intermediary function. Intermediaries may include not-for-profit organizations, government agencies/ entities or structures within education institutions, provided they are successfully able to fulfill the role noted above.
- Buy-in and leadership from industry groups, businesses, and employers: This can include active leadership from industry associations, chambers of commerce, business-led education and workforce initiatives, labor organizations, as well as individual business and employer champions that host or will host apprentices.
- Buy-in and support from K-12, post-secondary, government and other critical community leaders: This can include leadership from state and local government officials, higher education institutions and systems, state and local education agencies, secondary schools (including regional technical centers), the state apprenticeship system, workforce boards, and economic development organizations. This may also include additional partners such as organized labor organizations, community-based organizations, community foundations and other local or regional philanthropy, and any other implementation and community partners that can contribute to the success of the initiative. Regional and local applicants are strongly encouraged to nominate a state- level partner in their application to support system alignment and expansion. Likewise, state-level applicants are strongly encouraged to identify partners at the regional and/or local level to lead program pilots and implementation efforts.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar on the PAYA Grant Initiative was held on January 24. Click here for a recording:

Pre-Application Information:

To be considered for the PAYA Grant Initiative, partnerships must submit a completed application by 11:59 PM (PST) on March 8, 2019.

Selected finalists must be able to bring together key partners for structured video interviews with PAYA National Partners between mid-March and early April 2019. Selected partnerships will be announced on May 3, 2019. At least one representative from each selected partnership must be available for public announcement and media activities.

Key Dates:
- January 24, 2019: Informational Webinar
- March 8, 2019: Application Submission Due
- Early March thru Early May 2019: Multi-Stage Selection Process; All Applicants Notified of Status in April 2019
- May 2019: Winners announced; Performance Period Begins
- Summer 2019: Action Plan Development
- Early September 2019: Grantees Submit Action Plan and Baseline Reports
- Fall 2019 thru Summer 2020: Implementation Phase
- October 2020 Submit Final Report and Performance Period Ends

Additional information:

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 questions, contact:

Joyce Hwang
Center on Education & Skills | New America
740 15th Street NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming