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NJ Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education (NJPLACE 2.0)

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, Businesses,
Agencies, and IHEs for Apprentice Training Programs

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL)

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04/03/20 12:00 Noon


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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, businesses, agencies, and IHEs to design apprentice training programs. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. This grant program is designed to support training programs that provide participants with the opportunity to earn a degree while gaining work experience.

The NJPLACE 2.0 program will provide funding to organizations that create a degree apprenticeship structure that integrates on-the-job learning with credit-bearing classroom education and the broad knowledge at the heart of the requirements for an associate’s, bachelor’s, or graduate degree. Student Apprentices will be able to simultaneously fulfill the requirements of a USDOL Registered Apprenticeship program and the requirements for an associate’s, bachelor’s, or graduate degree while still earning a living, or, following the successful completion of a USDOL Registered Apprenticeship program, through credits awarded pursuant to a prior learning assessment.

The main goal of the NJPLACE 2.0 program is to promote equality of opportunity, upward mobility, and economic fairness. Technological advances have increased demand for more technically advanced, high-skilled positions that require occupational training at the secondary, post-secondary, and adult education levels.

NJPLACE 2.0 is intended to provide grant funding for two models of Degree Apprenticeship programs: (1) Dual Education Degree Apprenticeship Model, and (2) Degree Apprenticeship through Prior Learning Assessment. For more information on these models, see

The NJPLACE program is intended to establish and expand Degree 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
    • Other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related sectors/occupations
    • Construction and Building Trades Public Service

For Mission, Goals, and Objectives of this program, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 188147

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NJDOL seeks to fund multiple programs throughout the program year.

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The final contract amount and contract period will be stipulated in the executed contract between the approved applicant and NJDOL.

- Cost Guidelines for Model 1 – based on the incentive structure outlined in Notice of Grant Opportunity, the suggested cost per student apprentice should not exceed $7,500.
- Cost Guidelines for Model 2 – based on the incentive structure outlined in the Notice of Grant Opportunity, the suggested cost per student apprentice should not exceed $3,000.

Term of Contract:

The anticipated length of the contract period is 18 months unless otherwise extended or reduced at the discretion of the NJDOL.

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;
- Workforce Intermediary Sponsors
- 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;
- Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree-granting IHE physically located in New Jersey
- Public or private non-profit organizations (including Community-Based Organizations);
- Business or trade organizations representing a particular trade, group of trades, contractors or employers;
- New Jersey local Workforce Development Boards;
- Economic development organizations.

Private, for profit, out of state, and non-public online IHE entities are not eligible for funding under this NGO.

For Ineligible Expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

NJDOL will provide two technical assistance sessions to potential applicants. General guidance on completing the required documents, budget forms and an overview of NJPLACE 2.0 program 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:
- Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 2:00pm. On-site registration will begin at 1:30pm.
- Monday, March 2, 2020 at 2:00pm. On-site registration will begin at 1:30pm.

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:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for FY20 funds will not be accepted after 12:00 noon on Friday, April 3, 2020.

- Announcement Date: January 31, 2020
- Technical Assistance Workshop: February 18, 2020 and March 2, 2020
- Letter of Intent Due Date: March 27, 2020
- Application Deadline: April 3, 2020

Applicants interested in applying for the NJPLACE 2.0 grant must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to express interest in the grant opportunity. The LOI should be submitted as soon as an organization makes a decision to apply for the grant opportunity. The LOI must be submitted no later 12:00 noon on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Applications are submitted and awards are managed through NJDOL’s online grant system, the System for Managing Grants Electronically (SAGE).

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

The final contract amount and contract period will be stipulated in the executed contract between the approved applicant and NJDOL. Reimbursement will be given on a cost reimbursement basis for actual expenses incurred during the contract/grant period.

Applicants and partners to an application for this NGO are highly encouraged to educate themselves on the nuances of the USDOL Registered Apprenticeship Program.
- Apprenticable Occupations:
- Training Guides:
- Standards of Apprenticeship:

Contact Information:

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

The LOI must be emailed as an attachment to

Applications are submitted online, via SAGE, at

For information, contact:
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Office of Apprenticeship
1 John Fitch Plaza
PO Box 055, 5th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0055

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

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