GEORGIA POWER FOUNDATION WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT GRANT

About the Workforce Development Grant

The Workforce Development Grant (WFDG) provides school districts, that offer Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) through traditional high school programs or through College and Career Academies, with a grant between $10,000 and $25,000. The purpose of the grant is to invest in building or sustaining capacity at CCA and CTAE to better serve students and instructors and in program alignment of educational and training pathways to meet workforce needs of businesses in local communities. The Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. is issuing this Request for Proposals in partnership with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education; up to $250,000 will be awarded in grant support from Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.

 

Award Timeline

See the table below for the Workforce Development Grant timeline.

Grant Application opens Grant Application Due reviewed and announced
September 8, 2020 September 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST By end of October, 2020

 

Submission Instructions

To participate in the Workforce Development Grant, please follow the steps below:

  1. Carefully review this document, including the eligibility requirements and application components.
  2. Complete an application here.
  3. Submit your application online by September 30, 2020.

 

We strongly recommend that you thoroughly review the rubric below prior to completing the application to ensure you have a solid understanding of the application expectations.

Eligibility Requirements

Only one submission per school district is allowable; more than one submission will disqualify all applications from the district. Collaboration amongst schools in the district is highly encouraged.

You are eligible to apply for a Workforce Development Grant if:

  • You are a Principal or Director of a College & Career Academy or school district with one or more high schools with CTAE programs in the state of Georgia;
  • You are a school administrator, principal, or instructional coach at a charter school or traditional public school in the state of Georgia;
  • You are another type of leadership-level administrator in a Georgia Local Educational Agency (LEA).

 

What can I use Workforce Development Grant funds for?

The Workforce Development Grant will provide College & Career Academies and Georgia school districts with CTAE programs with between $10,000 and $25,000 over one school year to implement programs that expand or support current CTAE programs and/or for program alignment of career pathways to meet workforce needs of the communities’ local industries and businesses.

Some examples of how funding may be used includes, but is not limited to:

  • Hardware and software to facilitate work-ready curriculum to prepare students to enter the job market after graduation
  • Alignment of career pathway offerings with local business and workforce needs
  • Professional training and/or certification for teachers and instructors to provide educational opportunities related to local industry needs

Allowable expenses may include materials, equipment, staff time, etc. but must be tied directly to the outcomes you are trying to achieve.

 

How long will the Workforce Development Grant funds last?

Workforce Development Grant recipients have from the award date in late-October/early-November until May 31, 2021 to use their funds.

 

If I receive a Workforce Development Grant, what are the expectations?

The expectations for Workforce Development Grantees are:

  • The Workforce Development Grant will be awarded up front.
  • Workforce Development Grantees are responsible for tracking the outcomes of the project or program. Grantees will submit one evaluation report upon completion of the program. The evaluation reports are the grantee’s opportunity to share the project’s progress, outcomes, lessons learned, and best practices.
  • When appropriate, representatives from Georgia Power Foundation and the Georgia Foundation for Public Education may request an in-person or virtual site visit to observe the program/project.
  • Any media or social media posting must include Georgia Power Foundation’s and the Georgia Foundation for Public Education’s logo, social media handles, and be shared.

The Workforce Development Grant application consists of the following:

 

Section Questions
Project Description

(5 Points)

In 250 words or less, provide a brief description of the project you would like to implement (If you are a CTAE program, please utilize your school district’s Perkins V Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA)). In your summary, please include:

a)     A description of the need;

b)    How you will use the WFDG to address the need;

c)     Overview of who will be served by the program; and

d)    A description of any partners/partner organizations and how they will support the project, if applicable.

 

In order to ensure only one application is submitted from each school district, you will be asked in the online application to verify that the CTAE Director and/or Superintendent is aware of your application and has signed off on it.

Program

Input

(5 Points)

In 250 words or less, provide a description of the program activities or inputs. In your answer, please include:

a)     How will you ensure that, if awarded, you can implement the project immediately? Include the proposed project start- date, key intermediate milestones, and anticipated date of completion.

b)    Please describe the steps you will take during the grant period and how these steps will ensure your project is successfully implemented.

Program

Outputs

(5 Points)

In 250 words or less, provide a description of the program outputs. Specifically, provide information on the specific type (grade level(s), subject area(s), etc.) and number of students/teachers/administrators the project will serve.
S.M.A.R.T Goals

(5 Points)

Please provide:

a)     At least 2 SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, time-bound) goals; and

b)    A description of how you will evaluate the project’s effectiveness.

Budget

(5 Points)

In 200 words or less, provide a description of how the grant funds will be used and how much is being requested from Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. In your summary, please include:

a)     Total costs for the project and a breakdown of how much will be for direct costs (equipment, technology, supplies, etc.) and indirect costs (operating, consultants, etc.)

b)    The projected or expected contributions of other funders (including in-kind donations of time and materials)

 

An additional half point will be given to College & Career Academies and school districts who:

  • Are located in counties with 35,000 or fewer residents (Link to Census);
  • Have a minimum of 75% of students considered economically disadvantaged as determined here.

 

 

If you have any questions about the WFDG Guidelines, please contact:

Paige Pushkin
Executive Director, GFPE
(404) 656-5594
ppushkin@doe.k12.ga.us

 

If you have any questions about the online forms, website, or application, please contact:

Amy Hall

Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.

(404) 895-1057

aahall@southernco.com

RURAL EDUCATION FUND

Currently, close, the Rural Education Fund (REF) provides traditional public schools, charter schools, and school districts located in counties with 35,000 or fewer residents up to $5,000 to use however they wish to drive student outcomes. The Rural Education Fund is made possible through the purchase of the “Educator” and “Support Education” license plates by Georgia residents. The GFPE supports educational excellence for all of Georgia’s K-12 students.

 

 

USDA DISTANCE LEARNING AND TELEMEDICINE

What does this program do?

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. All upcoming events will be posted on the events program tab.

Special Note

The agency is providing this additional filing window for those that could not complete applications prior to the Window 1 deadline. This window also makes available up to $25 million received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). While the CARES Act requires these funds be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, the agency believes that all DLT projects already serve that purpose. As a result, while not required, applicants are encouraged to identify specific ways in which their application addresses COVID-19. This second application window is announced through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) published on this web page and in Grants.gov.

Who may apply?

For both programs, eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including:

  • Most State and local governmental entities
  • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • Non-profits
  • For-profit businesses
  • Consortia of eligible entities

DLT 100% grant applications are accepted through a competitive process.

How may the funds be used?

Grant funds may be used for:

  • Acquisition of eligible capital assets, such as:
    • Broadband transmission facilities
    • Audio, video and interactive video equipment
    • Terminal and data terminal equipment
    • Computer hardware, network components and software
    • Inside wiring and similar infrastructure that further DLT services
  • Acquisition of instructional programming that is a capital asset
  • Acquisition of technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment

What kinds of funding are available?

Grant-only funds, awarded through a nationally competitive process  – 15% match required

What are the grant terms?

A minimum 15% match is required for grant-only awards (cannot be from another federal source)

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants

USDA COMMUNITIES FACILITIES GRANT

What does this program do?
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

Who may apply for this program?
Eligible borrowers include:

  • Public bodies
  • Community-based non-profit corporations
  • Federally-recognized Tribes

What is an eligible area?
Rural areas including cities, villages, townships and towns including Federally Recognized Tribal Lands with no more than 20,000 residents according to the latest U.S. Census Data are eligible for this program.

How may funds be used?
Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and / or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses.

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities-direct-loan-grant-program/ga