By: Mike Peluso
The Maximize Carolina grant is a matching fund grant (up to $75,000) that is coordinated by local workforce boards. The goal of the grant is to provide a broad canvas of opportunities in support, or for implementation of, sector partnerships to solve a workforce problem related to applicant pipelines. Although coordinated by the local boards, grants can be awarded to partnerships across a region. To qualify, the grant MUST involve a collaborative partnership, and the project should aim to help solve a workforce problem related to applicant pipelines such as skills gaps and sector workforce shortages.
The Approved Sectors are:
- Information Technology
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Environmental Sustainability
- Industrial Maintenance
- Hospitality and Tourism
Which organizations can be members of the partnerships?
Partnership members should include:
- Employers (Employers for the purpose of this grant are defined as for-profit businesses)
- Workforce Development Boards
And may also include:
- Educational institutions
- Community-based organizations
- Non-profit organizations
What are some examples of projects related to applicant pipelines?
- Training for job seekers
- Certifications (including WorkKeys)
- Work Based Learning
- Improving the diversity of candidate pipeline
- Events and outreach
How can the Triangle South Workforce Development Board and a business partner proceed with a project?
- Interested organizations should reach out to TSWDB Business Services Coordinator, Mike Peluso, to set up an initial meeting. Once an idea is developed and the appropriate partners become a part of the planning process, the TSWDB representative can submit an application for the grant.
- A complete application includes the overall scope of the project, information on the partners involved, and a budget narrative.