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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.

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Dollars for community colleges on the horizon…

From the Insight Center for Community Economic Development / NNSP
If you’re a community college or partner with one, heads-up: the U.S. Department of Labor is expected to release a solicitation any day now for up to $500 million to support capacity-building at two-year degree-granting institutions.Here’s the bottom line:

  • If you’re a community college, now’s the time to line up your industry and community partners.
  • If you’re a community group or employer association, now’s the time to talk with your community college.

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REMINDER: Ohio AG Community Small Grant apps due 9/15

Visit http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/CommunitySmallGrant for more info.

DOL ODEP Announces webinar for Add Us In applicants

Office of Disability Employment Programs announces details of the Add Us In initiative’s prospective applicant webinar/conference call . The Add Us In grant recipients will develop and evaluate replicable models, strategies and policies to ensure that people with disabilities from diverse communities have access to a broader range of employment and mentoring opportunities. Grantees will form and strengthen connections between businesses, diversity-serving, youth-serving and disability-serving organizations thereby building a national and local network of experts skilled in serving individuals with disabilities from diverse communities.

It’s back! OSB accepting applications

The Ohio Skills Bank is accepting applications for Workforce Innovation Solutions projects; funding available through June 2011 and more info is online at: http://bit.ly/anggUW.

Healthcare Sector Initiative Grant–deadline extended

From the National Network of Sector Partners on 7-20-10.


A recently announced Funding Opportunity Announcement from the US Department of Health and Human Services offers funds to provide services toward healthcare careers.

Approximately 17 awards are expected in amounts between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000, with an average award of $3,000,000, for projects that will be five years long. No match is required. The extended application deadline is August 05, 2010.

The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) recently announced the solicitation of applications to competitively award cooperative agreements for these funds. Eligible applicants for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants to Serve Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals are states, Local Workforce Investment Boards, institutions of higher education, sponsors of registered apprenticeship programs, community-based organizations, Indian tribes and Tribal organizations, and Tribal colleges and universities. Funding will support establishment and maintenance of healthcare workforce training, education, and career advancement demonstration projects which are easily accessible, target skills and competencies, support career pathways, overcome barriers to employment, result in a license, certificate, or degree, and address health care professions’ workforce needs. Individuals eligible to receive education and training include TANF recipients receiving assistance under the State TANF program and other low-income individuals as described by the applicant in their application.

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must demonstrate in the application that it has consulted with, and that projects will be carried out in coordination with, each of the following entities: The State agency responsible for administering the State TANF program; The Local Workforce Investment Board in the area in which the project is to be conducted (unless the applicant is such board); The State Workforce Investment Board; and The State Apprenticeship Agency (or if no agency has been recognized in the State, the Office of the Apprenticeship of the Department of Labor). Applicants are strongly encouraged to include other partners that can provide resources or expertise to the project.

For more information on the Health Profession Opportunity Grants, please visit:

To locate additional federal grants, please visit: www.grants.gov. Grant awards will be made no later than September 30, 2010.

Community Small Grant Program

From the Ohio Attorney General’s office:

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray is announcing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Community Small Grant Program, which will support nonprofit (501c3) organizations located in Ohio. Grants from $2,000 to $10,000 will be awarded for innovative projects that address local needs related to youth and families, the elderly, people with disabilities and others.

Application deadline is 4pm Weds, Sept 15, 2010

These funds are generated primarily through legal settlements to which the Attorney General is a party. They have been used in the past for a variety of projects, such as community holiday meals for families who are homeless, adult day services for senior citizens, summer camping and mentoring programs for youth, and outdoor rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities. We look forward to hearing how you would use these grant funds to help your community.

More details available at http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/CommunitySmallGrant

Questions about this opportunity should be sent to: AGOGrants@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

Program Specifics

  • The application deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010.
  • The project period is for 12 months, and begins November 2010.
  • A total of $200,000 is being made available for this funding round.
  • Awardees will be asked to sign grant agreements that spell out reporting requirements.
  • Funds are intended for specific projects rather than ongoing operational costs • Funds must not supplant current project funds.
  • Funds cannot be used for:

o       Political campaigns or promotion of candidates for public office

o       Advancement of endowment or capital campaigns

o       Purchase of vehicles

o       Fundraising event sponsorship

o       Scholarships that fund individual students

o       Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, religion, ethnic origin, gender or sexual orientation

o       Sports or athletic competitions

  • Complete applications that include the cover sheet, brief program description, budget and budget narrative in the space provided must be submitted online at AGOGrants@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov. Please use 12-point font and single space your responses.
  • Awardees must be recognized as 501c3 organizations by the Internal Revenue Service, the Office of the Attorney General and the Ohio Secretary of State. All funding decisions are the sole discretion of the Ohio Attorney General.


Questions about this opportunity should be sent to: AGOGrants@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

CLASP posts paper on TANF Emergency Fund


My paper is now posted – At least 15 states are using federal stimulus dollars provided through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund to assist the growing number of needy families that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless because of the recession. This paper describes the opportunity that the TANF Emergency Fund provides for states, localities, or service providers to increase aid to fight homelessness; it also describes some state and local initiatives in this area.  It is available at http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3234