2021 Total Funds Available: $350,000
Application Window: February 17 - March 12, 2021 (applications must be received by 4:00pm)
I. Grant Funding Opportunity Description
The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) supports up-skilling and re-skilling opportunities for Vermont workers through technical and academic instruction, on-the-job training, internships, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, returnships, and other workforce development activities aimed at strengthening and expanding the labor force in Vermont.
The Vermont Internship Program, funded by VDOL, promotes internships by providing grants to organizations who support or connect Vermont employers with student-interns from regional technical centers or postsecondary educational institutions. Funding may be used to build or administer an internship program or to provide participants with need-based stipends during the internship.
This funding opportunity announcement describes the process for awarding $350,000 of VT Internship Program Funds through a competitive application process.
II. Award Information
Award Type and Amount
Two types of grants may be awarded through this funding opportunity. Unmatched grants may be awarded to selected organizations in amounts not exceeding $25,000. Matched grants may be awarded to selected organizations in amounts up to $50,000. Matched grant awards must include a commitment of 1:1 dollar match in program funds from an employer, an industry organization, philanthropic fund, or post-secondary educational institution. Funds from other state or federal sources are not eligible to serve as a match. Matched funds may include funding for program administration, intern stipends, job-related equipment or supplies, mentoring or coaching of employer or intern, and employer incentives.
The purpose of the matched grant awards is to expand the availability of high-quality internships by leveraging state investment and promoting private investment in internship opportunities.
Period of Performance
The standard period of performance for grants awarded under this funding opportunity is April 15th, 2021 to March 31st, 2022.
Grantees will submit quarterly fiscal reports. Grantees will submit a programmatic performance report at the middle of their grant period and within 30 days after the grant ends, including a closeout package. The Department of Labor will provide guidance to grantees on the form and substance of the report.
III. Eligibility & Application Information
Public and private entities are eligible to apply for this grant. Organizations must be in good standing with the state, be able to comply with all standard state provisions and assurances contained in “Attachment C: Standard State Provisions for Contracts and Grants” as revised 12/15/2017, and comply with the State of Vermont’s Agency of Administration Bulletin No. 5, Policy for Grant Issuance and Monitoring, located on the Agency’s website. Programs that have received funding through this granting opportunity for more than three years in the last five years are not eligible to apply.
The Vermont Department of Labor is seeking proposals to support the creation and expansion of internship programs and opportunities at the postsecondary level and at the secondary level if the intern is enrolled at a career or technical education program. Grants will not be awarded to projects or proposals that replace or supplant existing positions with interns through the creation or expansion of internship opportunities.
Internship proposals funded through this grant opportunity must demonstrate success in achieving one or more of the following aims:
Providing participants with work-based exposure to real workplace experiences, expectations, and consequences,
Promote mastery of occupation-specific or transferable skills required for success in the workplace through work-based experiences with a Vermont employer, or
Increase employer involvement with the development of industry-specific practices for on-the-job training, for secondary CTE or postsecondary students.
Applicants should provide a narrative describing the following components of their proposal:
- The process for recruiting and matching interns,
- Access to additional supports for interns, including mentoring, stipends, support services, career counseling, occupation-related instruction, if applicable,
- The scope of internship opportunities targeted (e.g. sector, geography, type, etc.),
- The expected number of interns and employers served,
How interns will receive or access assistance in locating post-internship employment opportunities in Vermont within the industry sector of their internship, and
How employers will be encouraged to support internship opportunities that could lead to near-term or existing opportunities for employment with their business or similar businesses within the state.
Applicants who propose to use grant funding to provide stipends to participants during the internship must describe how they determine need.
Applicants shall submit applications using the online found here by close of application period.
The application includes:
- Section 1: Basic Information
- Section 2: Project Narrative
- Section 3: Budget Form
- Section 4: Budget Narrative
Questions related to the grant program or application may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 24, 2021 (4:00pm). Please reference 2021 VT Internship Program Grants in the subject of your email. All questions and answers provided by the Department will be posted on labor.vermont.gov on March 1, 2021.
IV: Review & Selection
Application Review Process
The Department of Labor will consider applications using the selection criteria listed below. Applicants will be notified via email about their award status by March 26, 2021.
In addition to the proposal criteria listed in Section III above, proposals addressing the following aims will be favored:
- Internship experience leads to an opportunity for permanent employment with intern employer,
- Opportunities in health care, construction, manufacturing, hospitality, childcare, broadband, information technology, or business services sectors are targeted,
- Regional occupational demand is served,
- Program targets postsecondary participants who have an affiliation with Vermont and wish to become employed in Vermont,
- Matched funding demonstrates an institutional or industry commitment to promoting work-based learning experiences that lead to employment in Vermont,
- Participants with potential barriers to future employment are provided additional support or consideration, and
- Innovative ways to expand internship placements, including braiding of non-state or federal funds, special incentives offered by employers or third parties, or participant outreach.
V. Department Contacts
The Department has very limited ability to provide technical assistance to applicants in developing proposals. For clarifying questions related to submission of an application, contact Cheyenne Steventon at email@example.com. Please reference 2021 VT Internship Program Grants in the subject of your email.