Workforce Development

Workforce Development

The Weinberg Foundation is committed to helping people to help themselves by obtaining and keeping employment, preferably on a career track. The Foundation supports programs that provide the "life-tools" for clients to lift themselves from poverty into solid self-support.

Helping people to help themselves through job training grants

Geographic focus:

  • National
  • “Hometown” Communities (Baltimore, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Israel, Former Soviet Union)

Goals 

  1. Job-Readiness – grants to service providers to support training that results in job-placement and job-retention in partnership with employers.
  2. Financial Literacy – grants to support the goal of increased financial management and assets for an individual or family.
  3. Adult Entrepreneurship – grants that may include microloan or free loan programs to assist the working poor to start a small business.
  4. Youth and Work -*(This goal is geographically limited to the Weinberg Foundation’s hometown communities including Baltimore, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Israel, and the Former Soviet Union)
    • grants that help low-income youth become self-sufficient adults by participating in high quality school-based career exploration and work-based learning opportunities
    • grants that help disconnected youth (neither in school nor working) become self-sufficient adults by gaining the necessary soft and hard skills to reconnect with career pathway opportunities.

Operating/Program Strategies

        • Program support for effective school-based career exploration and work-based learning that are integrated with rigorous academic instruction.
        • In-service professional development for teachers in career-technical education (CTE) programs.
        • Support for effective programs focused on disconnected youth, ages 16-24, which combine education, training and supportive services, with strong relationships with adults.

Capital Strategy

        • Create, expand, or upgrade facilities and equipment needed for effective engagement and instruction of students in career-based programs that combine effective career exploration, work-based learning, and rigorous academic instruction.

Your first step in the grants process is the Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis

  • Grants are made in one of three categories: General Operating Support, Program Support, Capital Project
  • Each type of grant requires its own specific LOI
  • The Foundation will confirm receipt of each LOI within 30 days

Please click here to review our guidelines for your LOI.

Please contact Nakia Horton, Gifts Administrator, at 410-654-8500, ext. 254 or nhorton@hjweinberg.org, if you have any questions about the LOI process or the status of your LOI.

Seeking a grant?

Answer the following questions specific to each of the goals outlined above. Please identify which of the three goals within Workforce Development most closely aligns with your program.  If a question is not applicable or relevant to your program, please explain why.

Questions for Goal #1: (Job readiness)

  1. Please list each job readiness program(s) you provide and the length (hours/weeks/months) of each program.
  2. How many participants complete the program(s) on an annual basis and what is the cost per participant for each program(s)?
  3. What industry recognized certifications do participants receive upon completing your program(s)?
  4. How long are you tracking employment retention of program graduates? We expect applicants to track program graduates a minimum of one year post program completion.

Questions for Goal #2: (Financial literacy)

  1. Please list each financial literacy program(s) you provide and the length (hours/weeks/months) of each program.
  2. How many participants complete the program(s) on an annual basis and what is the cost per participant for each program(s)?
  3. What are the qualifications of your training staff? For example, are the trainers Certified Financial Planners or have other certifications that are industry recognized?

Questions for Goal #3: (Adult entrepreneurship)

  1. Please list each adult entrepreneurship program(s) you provide and the length (hours/weeks/months) of each program.
  2. How many participants complete the program(s) on an annual basis and what is the cost per participant for each program(s)?
  3. Does the program(s) follow an individual lending model or group lending model?
  4. What are the qualifications of your training staff?

The Foundation has approved many grants nationally and globally to programs that offer soft and hard-skill training, job coaching, job placement, and career advancement opportunities in various fields so participants are able to succeed with motivation and hard work. The Foundation also supports programs that increase the job training and employment of ex-offenders.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Marci Hunn, Program Director, Workforce Development; mhunn@hjweinberg.org or 410-654-8500, x261.

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