2005-05-12 / This Week's Attitude

Grants Available To Help Businesses Train Workers

Lieutenant Governor Mary Dono-hue has announced that $5 million has been made available under the Build-ing Skills in New York State (BUSI-NYS) initiative to train incumbent workers.

Under the program’s guidelines, bu-sinesses can apply for grants up to $50,000 to promote career growth and increased wages for thousands of workers across the state. The training will be provided from state-level funds under the federal Workforce Invest-ment Act, administered by the New York State Department of Labor.

The BUSINYS initiative was developed in consultation with business representatives from a variety of industries who stressed that having a skilled workforce is critical to future business development and sustained economic growth. The program funds projects that solve workforce problems by addressing identified skilled worker shortages and promoting skills to upgrade current workers.

To be eligible for the BUSINYS grants, the organization must be a private sector, for profit or not-for-profit business, a group of two or more such businesses that have similar training needs, or a business in conjunction with a labor organization. Addition-ally, the business must be headquartered or have at least one physical location in New York State at the time of the application.

Proposals must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 8, 2005. Any proposals or unsolicited amendments to proposals received after the due date and time will not be considered in the review process. For more information regarding BUSINYS training grants, please call the New York State Department of Labor at 518-457-0380, or visit the website at www.work-forcenewyork.com.

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