Monday, April 20, 2009

Stimulus Competitive Grants: Request for Ideas

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka Stimulus) provides a total of $750 million for competitive grants - $500 million for projects that prepare workers for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy and $250 million for projects in other high growth and emerging industry sectors with a priority on health care.

Although not much detail is known yet about these funding opportunities, we want to ensure that our region is prepared to hit the ground running once the Department of Labor releases the formal solicitation for proposals (by 6/30/09).

So, Worksystems has formed a partnership with our neighboring local workforce investment organizations - the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County (WICCO) and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) - and jointly issued a "Request for Ideas" to identify concepts for proposals that could be further developed. The local workforce investment boards of each agency will review all of the ideas received and identify/engage appropriate partners to guide the further development of the proposals.

We believe that this regional, bi-state approach will ensure coordination and consistency with local, state and federal priorities, ultimately making us more competitive for these resources. We hope to be overwhelmed with good ideas that will have a big impact.

Do you know of other innovative approaches to apply for these competitive grants? If so, please leave a comment and share!

3 comments:

Ben said...

The American Recover and Reinvestment Act sounds wonderful.


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Tricia said...

Hi Ben - thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. You may be interested in our Clean Energy Works program. http://www.cleanenergyworksportland.org/

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Competitive grants are like opportunities granted to the public Its good to know that Worksystems formed a partnership with neighboring local workforce investment organizations.