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Hochul announces $150 million in workforce development grants

Gov. Kathy Hochul stands behind a podium with the seal of New York attached to the front.
Kevin P. Coughlin
Office of the Governor
Gov. Kathy Hochul delivers the weekly COVID-19 update briefing for New York State at the governor’s New York City office, Sept. 30, 2021.

Gov. Kathy Hochul has unveiled new workforce development grant programs totaling $150 million.

About $115 million of the fund is dedicated to the Pay for Performance Grant Program, and the remaining $35 million will support the Workforce Development Capital Grant Program.

The Pay for Performance Grant Program aids workforce development growth by providing the funds to create training for high-demand industry jobs. The Workforce Development Capital Grant Program will help officials cover expenses for the training programs they provide.

The goal is to increase the capacity of workforce training providers and to meet the state’s workforce needs for high-quality, in-demand jobs, Hochul said in a statement Monday.

"With this $150 million investment in the state's workforce, we are standing by our commitment to making New York the most business-friendly and worker-friendly state in the nation," Hochul said.

Hochul also said she wants to ensure the state is building its workforce from all sides, attracting top-tier talent and high-growth companies.

Applicants for the funds include community-based organizations, non-profits, trade associations, chambers of commerce, some government organizations and educational institutions. Applications can be found on the Office of Strategic Workforce Development website.

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