The Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Apprenticeship and Training Division (ATD) is pleased to announce the availability of an $18.9 Million grant fund to be awarded through three consecutive application rounds. These funds will support the development, expansion and implementation of registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. The funds will accelerate innovation in health care and manufacturing apprenticeships and support the development of pre-apprenticeship training programs in healthcare, manufacturing, and construction.
The investment known as "Future Ready Oregon" was funded by the Oregon State Legislature in Senate Bill 1545
(SB 1545). This Bill increases BOLI's ability to offer Oregonians even more options to attain family-sustaining wages through apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs.
The grants will be awarded to community-based organizations, labor organizations, local workforce development boards and other entities to develop apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training programs that prioritize program participation by apprentices from populations historically underrepresented in apprenticeship.
There will be three rounds of funding. The first round of funding will award a maximum of six million dollars to eligible industries. Awarded proposals from each round will have funding disbursed at 50 percent in month one of the grant agreement period and 50 percent in month four of the grant agreement, so that BOLI disburses all Future Ready Oregon funds prior to June 30, 2023.
- Round 1 Application submissions: May 2 – June 2, 2022 (Note: Round 1 has now closed.)
- Round 2 Application submissions: August 2 – September 2, 2022
- Round 3 Application submissions: November 4 – December 9, 2022
Each round will include an additional opportunity through the Small Grants Award Program (SGAP) capped at $10,000 per award. Proposals for the SGAP will be evaluated by staff with final approval from OSATC. These grants are specifically for partnerships between apprenticeship/ pre-apprenticeship programs and community-based organizations engaging with priority populations (as defined by SB 1545) to increase completion rates for underrepresented communities.
RFP Information & Application Instructions
Please review each RFP for details about eligibility and timelines. Available awards will be modified at each funding round to balance investments across industries, services, and state workforce regions. Check back before each round to find the available RFPs for that round.
Join our Future Ready Oregon: BOLI Apprenticeship Grants Program mailing list to receive updates as they become available. Sign up for the mailing list here.
Pre-proposal Q & A sessions were held on May 11 and 12. Watch the recording here
and view the slides here
Evaluation criteria for RFP proposals are below.
Each round of RFP applicants that pass the accept/decline phase will be reviewed by an Evaluation Committee which is comprised of representatives from diverse backgrounds and that includes a minimum of one Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council (OSATC) Member and a public member who has either large grant funding or fiscal experience. Applicants and other interested parties are not to contact Evaluation Committee members regarding the grant programs or their applications for the programs. Any solicitation of committee members by applicants will result in penalties including disqualification of their application(s).
The Evaluation Committee members include:
- Irene Aviles, Bilingual Program Analyst 2, Bureau of Labor and Industries
- Michael Burch, Councilmember, Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council
- Dorian Pacheco, Management Auditor, Multnomah County Auditor's Office
- Lisa Ransom, Apprenticeship and Training Director, Bureau of Labor and Industries
After evaluation by the Committee, BOLI staff will present recommendations at the next scheduled OSATC meeting for Apprenticeship Grants Program oversight for final approval by the Council.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a resource that answers common questions about the BOLI Apprenticeship Grants Program and the RFP process. This resource will be updated regularly or as questions are received, so please check back often for new information or join our BOLI Apprenticeship Grants Program mailing list (click here to sign up to receive updates.)
To learn more about other programs in the Future Ready Oregon Workforce Investment Training package, click here.
Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Division Council Meeting Materials
Previous meeting decisions, summaries, and notices of upcoming meetings including for BOLI Apprenticeship Grants Program oversight, can be found on the OSATC page.
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