Maximize NC


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
    • Energy
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Environmental Sustainability
    • Aerospace
    • Defense
    • Analytics
    • Industrial Maintenance
    • Healthcare
    • 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)
  • Internships
  • Apprenticeships
  • 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.



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