Concept Papers (required) are accepted on a rolling basis until December 28, 2023. Concept Papers will be evaluated within four (4) to six (6) weeks.
Full Proposals (by invitation only) are accepted in funding rounds with the following due dates, as long as funding is available: Round 1 – January 17, 2023; Round 2 – March 23, 2023; Round 3 – June 1, 2023; Round 4 – August 10, 2023; Round 5 – October 19, 2023; Round 6 – December 28, 2023; Round 7 – March 7, 2024.
New York’s offshore wind (OSW) workforce will grow significantly by 2040, with much of this growth concentrated in the manufacturing/production, construction/extraction, and induced industries. Under this Program Opportunity Notice (PON), the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking proposals for training initiatives focused on addressing projected OSW workforce gaps and preparing workers for high growth jobs. Training audiences may consist of existing and/or new workers.
Total funding currently available for this solicitation is $9 million, distributed over the course of multiple rounds. NYSERDA will accept proposals requesting between $500,000 and $3,000,000. Additional funds may be added to successful projects funded under this PON at NYSERDA’s discretion.
Individuals and entities that may apply as lead applicants for funding include technical/vocational high schools, community colleges, universities, labor unions, training and job placement intermediaries, community-based organizations and non-profit organizations as well as OSW Original Equipment Manufacturers, distributors, vendors, suppliers, developers, and trade associations with a demonstrated track record in technical training, job preparedness and/or placement of program graduates. Preference will be given to projects that include or are led by certified Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises and/or Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned Businesses.
Proposals are required to include a minimum cost share of 30 percent. The minimum cost share required for projects exclusively serving Disadvantaged Communities and/or eligible Priority Populations is reduced to 10 percent. The minimum cost share for qualifying union-led projects and qualifying pre-apprenticeship program is reduced to 10 percent.
Development and implementation of OSW training programs and initiatives is expected to be completed within approximately 18 to 24 months, with an additional 12-month period for tracking and monitoring employment outcomes for program graduates who are new workers.
The solicitation will employ a two-step application process consisting of a Concept Paper (required) followed by a Full Proposal (by invitation only). Concept Papers will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be evaluated within four (4) to six (6) weeks of receipt. Upon favorable review, select applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal (multiple due dates) subject to the requirements and evaluation criteria.