Monday, February 28, 2011

Going Green: The Department of Labor's Green Jobs Innovation Fund

The Green Jobs Innovation Fund (GJIF),under the Department of Labor, will provide $40 million in grants to train workers for careers in green industry sectors and help them access green career pathways. By definition, green industries include energy efficiency and renewable energy industry sectors that impact our environment such as transportation, green construction and environment protection. The Fund reflects the Obama Administration’s commitment to building a clean energy economy.  In fact, President Obama’s proposed FY 2012 budget includes a $20 million dollar expansion of the Green Jobs Innovation Fund.  GJIF supports two of the Department’s goals: to increase the number of individuals completing training programs who receive industry-recognized credentials and to increase the number of individuals seeking green career pathways.

Eligible applicants include: 1) national labor-management organizations with local affiliates; 2) national non-profit entities with local affiliates; or 3) statewide non-profit organizations or state Workforce Investment Act administering agencies with local affiliates. With these grants, the Department is emphasizing critical steps along green career pathways by forging linkages between Registered Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, and integrating the delivery of skills training through community-based partnerships.

Deadline: The closing date for applications under this announcement is March 29, 2011.


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