Program Overview

The 2016 Massachusetts Economic Development Bill established three years of funding for the Workforce Skills Cabinet to administer the Skills Capital Grant Program. The program’s intent is to increase the capacity and quality of vocational training and education by providing funds to eligible schools and institutions for the purchase/installation of capital equipment.  

The Skills Capital Grant Program awards grants to support vocational/technical training, upgrades and expansion of career technical education, and training of high-quality career pathway programs that are aligned with regional economic and workforce development priorities for in-demand industries. 

Grant applicants should facilitate collaboration to provide students enrolled in eligible vocational/technical schools with postsecondary opportunities. High quality career pathways are in high-skill, high-demand industry sectors that include:

  • align with labor market information regarding high demand workforce needs
  • support secondary and postsecondary linkages
  • offer focused career guidance and advisement systems
  • provide integrated rigorous instructional courses
  • include structured work readiness activities and work-based learning experiences
  • provide the opportunity to obtain an industry-recognized credential or college credits towards a Certificate, Associate, or Baccalaureate degree

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Grant Program Highlights:

Total Grant Program Up to $10,000,000
Grant Size Minimum Grant: $50,000 - Maximum Grant: $500,000. Grants of above $500,000 may be considered if they demonstrate extraordinary multi organization regional collaboration that significantly builds regional capacity and capabilities to meet workforce needs and economic development may be considered.
Eligible Applicants

Massachusetts schools, institutions, and organizations that provide

career/vocational technical education programs, including all Chapter 74-approved vocational tech schools, community colleges, and providers of training programs that meet the federal Perkins Act definition of career and technical education. Additionally, innovation centers that are eligible to receive funds from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center are also eligible for funds from this program.

Use of Grant funds Purchase and installation of equipment and any related improvements and renovations necessary for installation and use of such equipment.

The purchase and installation of vocational training equipment must support High Quality College and Career Pathways in at least three of the following goals:

  1. Increase in number of students able to participate in an existing program.
  2. Create a new program to meet demonstrated demand, based on labor market data and employer partnerships.
  3. Increase the availability and utilization of the equipment outside of the organization’s normal working hours (e.g. after 5 PM, on Saturday, and/or on Sunday).
  4. Increase the availability and utilization of the equipment to students from partnering organizations.
  5. If no increase in the number of participating students is projected, the applicant must demonstrate a significant improvement in the skills of the students who are able to participate in the program because equipment will be replaced or updated, validated by relevant employers.  (Note #5 requires both #3 and #4)
Terms of Award Grants will be awarded as cost reimbursement contracts, with an anticipated contract start date of September 15, 2017. All purchases of equipment and grant expenditures must be completed by June 30, 2018. 
Matching Funds Applicants must demonstrate in-kind or cash match to support programs supported by the grant request. Projects with matching funds will receive additional points.
Request for Proposals ReleasedJune 2, 2017
To confirm eligibility, a letter of intent is requested by potential applicants. Letter should identifying the type of program to be supported by funding. Applicants should indicate if they are a current applicant for Massachusetts Life Science Grant.

July 14, 2017 to be submitted to James.Poplasky1@MassMail.State.MA.US.


Confirmation of eligibility to be providedConfirmation of eligibility to be emailed to those who submitted a letter of intent as potential applicants on July 21, 2017
Proposals will only be accepted through the online application system.

By 5:00 PM on August 11, 2017


Projected Grant Awards Announcement

September 2017


Anticipated Contract Start DateSeptember 15, 2017
Funding DisbursementOn a rolling basis, upon verification of approved submitted purchases, requests for equipment, and related installation costs.
Contract End DateJune 30, 2018