Background and Overview

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (“AGO”) is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support the Equal Opportunity in Public Trades Grant (“Trades Grant”). The AGO will be utilizing $90,000 received through a settlement with CTA Construction Company, Inc.  Eligible grantees include programs that promote equal opportunity programs within public construction.

The Trades Grant is designed to support and encourage projects which promote equal opportunity within public construction, especially with regard to Minority, Woman, LGBTQ, and Veterans workers.  The Grant will support projects that can be used as models for promoting equal opportunity in one or more of the following areas: (1) apprenticeship programs; (2) job trainings; and (3) diversity and inclusion training, support, and outreach. 

Special consideration will be given to applicants who can demonstrate that the grant will be used to promote equal opportunity within populations who are also part of other underrepresented or underserved groups, including, for example, LGBTQ, veterans, and racial/ethnic minority communities. Grant recipients will be required to report the results and lessons learned from their projects.

Eligibility and Responsibilities

Eligibility is limited to Massachusetts organizations and entities.  The following types of organizations and entities are eligible to apply for the Trades Grant:

  • Workers’ Centers;
  • Unions;
  • Non-Profit Organizations*;
  • Chamber of Commerce(s);
  • Public Schools;
  • Municipalities;
  • Small for-profit businesses**; and
  • Post-secondary student organizations (with the educational entity acting as Grant administrator, which includes serving as the fiscal agent and primary contact).

*Non-profit organizations must be in full compliance with all annual reporting requirements of both the AGO Non-Profit and Public Charities Division and the Internal Revenue Service, as applicable, in order to be eligible for funding.

**For-profit businesses that have been the subject of any administrative charge of discrimination for which there was a finding of probable cause, or have been the subject of an enforcement action by any local, state, or federal authority are not eligible for funding.

Submission Instructions

Full proposals must be delivered electronically through the AGO’s online grant portal by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Questions

Questions regarding this RFP may be submitted to AGOgrants@state.ma.us by email, only until 4:00 p.m. on March 24, 2017.  When submitting your question(s), please include “Legal Assistance for Veterans Grant” in your email subject line. Questions received and answers provided regarding this RFP will be posted on the AGO’s website here: www.mass.gov/ago/grants.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants with disabilities who seek reasonable accommodation, which may include the receipt of the RFP information in an alternative format, must communicate such requests in writing to AGOgrants@state.ma.us no later than March 17, 2017.

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