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Office for New Americans Opportunity Center - Request for Applications

In March 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) to assist newcomers to the State who are eager to contribute to our economy and become part of the family of New York State. While states with the largest immigrant communities have historically maintained offices, initiatives or committees to address immigrant issues, ONA is unique in accomplishing its mission with an infrastructure of more than 25 Opportunity Centers focused on immigrant integration. Last year, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature codified the Office for New Americans as a statutory office of State government, making it the first state-level immigrant office created by statute in the country. Recently, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature nearly doubled the State funding to the Office for New Americans for the 2015-2016 fiscal year - recognizing the State's continued dedication to immigrants and to the successful work of the community-based organizations providing needed services throughout the State. 

In continuation of the above mission and pursuit of the State's goals, ONA has released a Request for Applications (RFA) seeking organizations within New York's counties with high concentrations of newcomers, interested in establishing a network of neighborhood-based "Opportunity Centers" (ONA Opportunity Centers) where immigrants will be supported through unique programming . This programming will use professional staff, in-class technology and community volunteers to provide English-for-Speakers-of-Other Languages (ESOL) training; help interested eligible New Americans participate in the federal deferred action process; support interested eligible New Americans through the naturalization application process; provide free legal consultations; and, open entrepreneurship opportunities to New Americans.  These ONA Opportunity Centers will also partner with ONA and other community-based and government agencies to coordinate and host additional programming and support for New American communities. Meanwhile, a related ONA Legal Counsel RFA has been released to expand legal services to immigrants in our state.

Yes 9/4/2015
7/17/2015 Help Obtaining Meaningful Employment and Education (HOME2) Program Grant(NYSDOL)
Private duly incorporated not-for-profit businesses with a physical presence in NYS and a demonstrated history of three (3) or more years serving homeless young adults are eligible to apply. NYSDOL is making up to $500,000 in federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding available to provide intensive and individualized services to homeless young adults (age 18-24) residing in New York City (NYC) with the ultimate goal of employment leading to a self-sufficient lifestyle.
View the Webinar: "Bidders' Webinar: Help Obtaining Meaningful Employment and Education"
Yes 8/28/2015
6/2/2015 Job Driven National Emergency Grant(NYSDOL)
Private sector for-profit businesses, private not-for-profit businesses, local workforce investment boards, and training providers are eligible to apply. NYSDOL is making up to $4.4 million in funding available to solicit projects providing work-based training (on-the-job training, apprenticeship, customized training) to dislocated workers, with emphasis on long-term unemployed, unemployment beneficiaries likely to exhaust benefits, and foreign-trained immigrant worker populations.

Job-Driven National Emergency Grant RFA Q & A

Yes 5/31/2016
5/1/2015 Health Profession Opportunity Grants to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals (USHHS)
Eligible Applicants: State governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
No 5/29/2015
5/1/2015 CFA (USDOL/ETA)
The 5th round of CFA funding serves as a tool to generate sustainable economic growth and employment opportunities across the state. NYSDOL is making approximately $5 million in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding available through this Request for Proposals (RFP) to support four Workforce Development programs:
1. Existing Employee Training Program
2. New Hire Training Program
3. Unemployed Worker Training Program: and
4. Special Populations Training Program

Questions and Answers Pertaining to the CFA 5 Request for Proposals (RFP)

Yes 7/31/2015
4/13/2015 Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) (USDOL)
Eligible Applicants:
State and local Workforce Investment Boards (SWIBs/LWIBs);
  • Public agencies, meaning any agency of a state or of a general purpose political subdivision of a state that has the power to levy taxes and spend funds, as well as general corporate and police powers (this typically refers to cities and counties). A state agency may propose in its application to serve one or more of the jurisdictions located in its state. This does not preclude a city or county agency from submitting an application to serve its own jurisdiction;
  • Native American tribal governments (federally recognized) and Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments);
  • For-profit/commercial entities;
  • Non-profit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations. (Note: Non-profit entities incorporated under Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c) (4) are not eligible.).Applicants must have a familiarity with the geographic area and population to be served. Additionally, applicants must be prepared to administer an effective program that is ready to begin operations immediately upon the first day of the grant award period of performance.
  • Yes 5/12/2015
    3/24/2015 Training to Work 3 – Adult Reentry(USDOL/ETA)
    Non-profit organizations with IRS 501(C)(3) status are eligible to apply for funding to assist returning citizens transition back into their communities by gaining industry-recognized credentials and securing employment. Grantees will develop and implement career pathways programs in demand sectors and occupations for men and women, including veterans, and people with disabilities, who are at least 18 years old and who are enrolled in work release programs.
    Yes 5/1/2015
    3/30/2015 Health Profession Opportunity Grants to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals(USDOL)
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) is announcing Health Profession Opportunity Grants. Authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program provides education and training to TANF recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. This grant is listed under HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FX-0951 on In addition, you can download the full application here. Visit the Office of Family Assistance/HPOG website for more details.
    Yes 5/29/2015
    2/03/2015 American Apprenticeship Initiative (USDOL)
    Workforce Training to Educate Health Care Professionals in Health Information Technology (US HHS) Open to the public in the United States, this program will award grants to update existing training materials and develop a training program to establish or expand medical health informatics education programs to promote the rapid and effective utilization and development of health information technologies.
    Yes 4/06/2015
    12/11/2014 American Apprenticeship Initiative (USDOL)
    American Apprenticeship Initiative (USDOL) The U.S. Department of Labor announces the American Apprenticeship Initiative which will provide up to $100 million in grants to expand registered apprenticeship programs in high-skilled, high-growth industries like healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and advanced manufacturing. Grant funds are for industries and occupations where employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers. Approximately 25 grants from $2.5 million to $5 million each will be awarded. Apprenticeship grants will be awarded to public and private partnerships consisting of: employers, business consortiums, business-related nonprofit organizations, joint labor-management organizations, labor organizations, private organizations functioning as workforce intermediaries, the workforce investment system, public education or training providers and the Department of Labor or other State Apprenticeship Agency.
    Yes 4/30/2015

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