Would You Use The Coffee Cup Trick in Your Workforce Recruitment Interviews?

Job interviews can be tricky for both the employer and the employee. Some interviewers have a way of assessing their interviewees' responses and behavior in a way that they feel confident reflects whether a job candidate will be a good fit for their company. The Manchester Evening News published an article by Matthew Cooper, with what he thinks is the perfect trap for potential employees. He interviews employer Trent Innes about what he calls the 'coffee cup trick.' 

If you're an employer, GrantWatch and MWBEzone have current grant listings for business owners under a number of categories. One such category is workforce grants which can cover some of the job skills training or retraining costs for new hires in in-demand fields where the need for skilled workers is greater than the current supply.  

How do you choose your employees? Do you have any telltale signs to know if someone will be a good fit for your organization?  

Interviewer and Interviewee Have Coffee While They Chat

According to Workopolis, the best interviews include at least a few questions to get to know the following:

  • Attitude and motivation: how does the candidate accept direction, feedback, and works under pressure?
  • Loyalty and work ethic: how committed are they to the job and their career?
  • Honesty: while embellishment may be expected, lies are not acceptable. 
  • Preferred managerial style: do they like to be hand-held or do they thrive when working autonomously? 

Behavioral interview questions are designed to uncover insights beyond just technical skills. They list 3 tricks to find out if an applicant is the right fit and 7 telling questions that reveal a candidate's true potential

The Coffee Cup Trick

A job interview is essentially a 30-minute mind game between employer and potential employee.

Can one party convince the other that they are the perfect person for the company and avoid acting like themselves by any means necessary?

And can the employer set traps for the other party to navigate or fall through that will let them know if this interviewee is a great future recruit?

This employer thinks he has the perfect trap – the 'coffee cup trick'. Metro reports that Trent Innes of software firm Zero Australia uses the trick in every single interview.

Whenever someone comes in for an interview, Trent will take them on a walk deliberately past the kitchen and make sure they come away with a hot drink. After the interview is all done, Trent watches to see if the person offers or attempts to take the empty coffee/tea cup back to the kitchen.

It's an easy way to find out how selfless someone is. If they just leave their cup at the table and leave, they won’t get the job.

Speaking on a podcast, Trent Innes said: ‘If you do come in and have an interview, as soon as you come in and you do meet me, I will always take you for a walk down to one of our kitchens and somehow you always end up walking away with a drink.

Which Coffee would you choose?

‘Then we take that back, have our interview, and one of the things I’m always looking for at the end of the interview is, does the person doing the interview want to take that empty cup back to the kitchen?

‘You can develop skills, you can gain knowledge and experience but it really does come down to attitude, and the attitude that we talk a lot about is the concept of “wash your own coffee cup”.

So do the washing up. 

Nonprofit managers and small business owners can take advantage of workforce grants when they hire eligible candidates. 

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Career Development Projects that Benefit Youth and Veterans with Disabilities. The deadline to submit proposals is July, 15th, but a new round of funding will begin in January 2020. 

Details: Grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 to USA nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit youth with disabilities. Projects should help youth develop skills needed for successful employment, especially for work in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and mathematics. The Foundation will also consider projects that create tools to break down barriers to employment and increase job opportunities for young people with disabilities entering the workforce, including returning veterans with disabilities. 

Find workforce grants on GrantWatch and MWBEzone. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to GrantWatch or check into GrantNews for weekly updates on grant and funding related news, new grant listings, and recent grant awards. 

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First Amendment Grants – Journalism, Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Speech Grants

"Public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy," according to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics and the Preamble.

"Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair, and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity." 

The Society of Professional Journalists has been advocating for the rights granted in the U.S. First Amendment to the Constitution, since 1909.  These rights include freedom of the press and freedom of speech, which now more than ever are closely entwined. 

The First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 

Freedom of the Press is the right to publish and disseminate information, thoughts, and opinions without restraint or censorship as guaranteed under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

The Society lists four principles as the foundation of ethical journalism, encouraging their use by all people involved in any and all types of media. 

  • Seek Truth and Report It 
  • Minimize Harm
  • Act Independently
  • Be Accountable and Transparent 

Andrew Seaman presents some wonderful advice in two articles in Quill magazine, 10 Lessons in Journalism Ethics and Journalism's Complicated Relationship with Transparency.  Seaman is the past chairman of the SPJ Ethics Committee. 

Each year, at the SPJ National Convention, an individual, group of individuals, or organization receives a $10,000 award. The Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award is a program of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. More about Mr. Pulliam’s distinguished career can be found in The Indianapolis Star’s online library. The honoree(s) also will receive transportation and a two-night hotel stay to the national convention. 

The Foundation has established an annual award to honor those committed to the same goals and as a tribute to Pulliam's professional contributions to journalism. 

Journalism Ethics, A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media

Grants for Journalists – on GrantWatch

Grants to USA and International Nonprofits and IHEs for Journalism Education and Media Training, Deadline: 10/1/19

Grants to USA and International nonprofits and institutes of higher education to support journalism education and media training programs. Funding is intended to promote college-level journalism studies and technological advances in the media industry. Preference is given to projects and programs that benefit the areas in which Gannett does business and that seek to encourage diversity in newsrooms and in coverage.

The Foundation's priorities are encouraging college students to enter the field of journalism and supporting innovative, national, and regional training for current journalists. Particular attention is given to the First Amendment and its responsibilities.

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Media Projects Addressing Political, Social, and Environmental Issues, Deadline: 7/12/19

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for media projects to raise awareness of important political, social, and environmental issues. Funding is intended to support a high-quality, non-commercial media that is substantive, fair, and accurate. Program priorities include investigative journalism, media policy, and public broadcasting.

Investigative Journalism supports excellence in reporting on nationally significant public affairs issues in the U.S. Competitive proposals will show evidence of groundbreaking content employing multi-platform media tools with the potential to achieve broad distribution and social impact. 

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Journalists to Advance Health Care Journalism, Deadline: 7/15/2019

Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations and institutions, as well as individual journalists, for health care journalism initiatives. Funding is intended to support documentary films and related public engagement campaigns, educational opportunities for reporters, and health reporting. 

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Scholars and Practitioners to Develop New Research, Publications and Art, Deadline: 9/12/19 

Fellowships of $77,500 to USA, Canada, and International scholars and practitioners to support creative new projects in the fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. Fellows will be based in Greater Boston during their fellowship and will be required to regularly share their work in progress. Applications are welcome from a broad range of fields. 

To find grants for journalists, writers, and researchers, sign up for our weekly newsletters and to search for grants on GrantWatch.com

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantWatch.


Businesses Committed to Environmental Protection Offer Recycling Grants

Every company defines corporate responsibility a bit differently. Whether they look to societal, social, or political factors, global concerns or the welfare of their employees or a combination of some of the above. For more and more entrepreneurs and their corporations, it means being committed to environmental protection – supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the environment locally, nationally and globally. 

Tom Szaky, president and CEO of international recycling company TerraCycle recently gave the keynote address at the 7th annual Responsible Business Summit New York. Szaky addressed how companies are increasingly looking towards sustainable innovations to change environmental, social and governmental risks into workable business opportunities. 

“As the corporate world becomes increasingly aware of the environment and the role they play in its preservation, responsibility falls to the luminaries of sustainability to educate businesses, large and small, on how to set and achieve environmental goals through investments, collaboration, and innovation,” said Szaky. The Responsible Business Summit held annually is North America’s premier platform where senior practitioners from across the world meet and share practical ideas on how their businesses can lead the change to a new sustainable future. The summit provides direct, actionable insights accompanied by honest discussions on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The innovative company has set out to "Eliminate the idea of waste®." TerraCycle prides itself in "recycling the 'non-recyclable,' by collecting and recycling almost any form of waste." To do this they partner with individuals, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities and small businesses. 

Find Grants for Protecting the Environment, Recycling and Environmental Grants

Search for recycling and environmental protection grants currently on GrantWatch.com

Creating Environmental Protection Partnerships

Operating nationally across 22 countries, TerraCycle partners with leading businesses, consumer product companies, retailers, cities, nonprofits, and facilities to recycle products and packages, from dirty diapers to cigarette butts, that would otherwise end up in landfills or being incinerated. In addition, TerraCycle works with leading consumer product companies to integrate hard to recycle waste streams, such as ocean plastic, into their products and packaging.

Since it's inception 15 years ago, TerraCycle has won over 200 awards for sustainability and has donated over $25 million to schools and charities. 

Companies like Subaru, Colgate, Tide, Gillette, ShopRite, Looptworks, Garnier, Entenmann's, Brita, Bausch & Lomb, and Mountain House all partner with TerraCycle to recycle their products and reduce their carbon footprint. Some current programs include:  

A recurring initiative with Colgate and ShopRite partnering with TerraCycle is the Recycled Playground Challenge, to donate two playgrounds made of recycled oral care waste.

A partnership with Gillette to make all their razors recyclable nationwide. They announced that now "all brands of disposable razors, replaceable-blade cartridge units, and razor plastic packaging are recyclable on a national scale." “Through this innovative, first of its kind program, disposable razors, replaceable-blade cartridge units, and their associated packaging are now nationally recyclable through the Gillette Recycling Program,” said Szaky. “We are proud to partner with this forward-thinking company to offer consumers a way to divert razor waste from landfills.”

Through TerraCycle’s Sponsored Waste Recycling Program, individuals and companies can go to drop-off locations and earn money for the waste they recycle. Participants earn points that can be used for charity gifts or converted to cash and donated to the charities they choose. The collected packaging will be recycled into a variety of new consumer products such as park benches, bike racks, pet food bowls, and recycling bins.

In another partnership, TerraCycle partners with beach cleanup organizations to keep beaches free of rigid plastics. 

Free Recycling Programs – These programs are free, national recycling solutions for typically hard-to-recycle waste streams. Join as many programs as you like to help reduce your impact on our planet.

A Business with an Environmental Soul 

Another company dedicated to protecting the preserving the environment is Staples. Through their Staples Soul programs, they continuously invest in sustainability and being socially responsible in every aspect of a business, including environmental responsibility, offering product sourcing and recycling services to customers and for internal company use. They support organizations committed to the preservation and protection of the environment, partner with and sponsor organizations such as Earth Day Canada and the Recycling Council of Canada.  

"We work to make it easy for our customers and associates to make a difference by offering more sustainable products and services, operating our business in an environmentally efficient way, and helping our customers and associates take action to protect the environment." 

Currently available environmental grants on GrantWatch, includes: 

Grants and Sponsorships to Canada Nonprofits and Businesses for Environment, Education, and Entrepreneurship Programs, Deadline: Ongoing 

Grants and sponsorships to Canada nonprofit and for-profit organizations that are working in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, or the environment. Funding is available for grants to support programs that strengthen local communities or for sponsorships of events.

The funders proudly support organizations committed to the preservation and protection of the environment. Partnering with and sponsoring organizations such as Earth Day Canada and the Recycling Council of Canada allows us to maintain strong community relations as well as support important causes and initiatives. 

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Education, Environment, Community Enrichment, and Entrepreneurship, Deadline: Ongoing 

Grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, and public municipalities in multiple states for programs in education, the environment, entrepreneurship, and community enrichment. Environment focus areas include resource conservation, clean air, clean water, recycling, and environmental education.

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Schools for Youth-Led Projects that Integrate Technology and Environmental Programs, 07/15/2019 

Grants of up to $2,500 to USA nonprofits and schools for youth-led projects that employ technology to solve environment-related issues. Projects should help encourage students and educators to find creative ways to use technology in order to achieve greater or innovative environmental outcomes. 

Find grants for your nonprofit organization for protecting the environment, recycling, conservation on GrantWatch.com. New grant listings are posted daily. For more information contact support@grantwatch.com or call 561-249-4129. 

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantWatch.com and MWBEzone.com

Prudential Financial to Invest $180 Million for Workforce Development Initiatives for Young Adults

Prudential Financial Inc. (PRU) announced it is committing more than $180 million through 2025 to support teens and young adults from age 15 through age 29 worldwide who lack access to school, training, or regular jobs.

This segment of the population is often referred to as "opportunity youth," and Prudential said that this is the largest financial private-sector investment in this group. 

"Businesses like ours have a role to play in ensuring that global economic progress benefits all members of tomorrow's workforce," said Prudential Chairman and Chief Executive Charles Lowrey.

Prudential said its investment will help teens and young adults across the globe gain the right skills to compete for and succeed in quality jobs. 

This population segment accounts for 350 million people worldwide and Prudential said this investment will support dedicated partnerships through grants, corporate contributions, and impact investments to improve financial security for youth in more than 70 countries. 

GrantWatch and it's sister site for small business, minority and women owned businesses, MWBEzone, both list workforce development grants for nonprofits and small businesses.  These grants are to run programs that will teach people of all ages how to gain marketable skills to increase their employability. Workforce development grants provide for programs that assist veterans, youth, displaced workers, women and immigrants to enter, remain in and advance in the workplace through career education, career training, solve workforce shortages, and promote workforce health. 

Many grants for workforce development are state specific, like the below for Texas and North Carolina. 

Grants to South Plains Area, Texas Nonprofits for Basic Needs, Education, Youth, and Social Services, Deadline: 8/01/2019 

Grants of up to $10,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations for local community benefit initiatives in Lubbock and the surrounding South Plains area. Grants may be made for programs and projects in the areas of civic, social, and economic development; education and youth; and basic needs and self-sufficiency. The Foundation's primary focus at this time is creating pathways out of poverty and alleviating the impact of poverty on individuals and families. Grants may be made for start-up funding, general operating support, program support, and demonstration programs. 

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits for Programs that Address Issues Affecting Women in Greensboro, Deadline: 7/29/2019

Grants of up to $70,000 to Greensboro, North Carolina nonprofits for innovative programs that support local women and foster their economic independence and self-sufficiency. Applicants must submit a letter of intent before applying. Priority will be given to organizations that are working on collaboration and the alignment of services. 

There are currently 250 grants listed for workforce development on MWBEzone, as well as 25 college scholarship opportunities.  

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About the Author: The author is a staff writer for MWBEzone.com

Find Grants for Businesses Versus Grants for Nonprofits, GrantWatch Versus MWBEzone

If your organization is a for-profit then MWBEzone is the place for you to search for grants. When searching for a business grant for the common good go to MWBEzone,  the sister site of GrantWatch, is the grant listing site to choose. I

You can also get to the MWBEzone.com site by going to the "Business Grants" button at the top of the GrantWatch website.

GrantWatch Business Button Takes You To MWBEZone Site

MWBEzone.com is for small businesses, minorities, women, veterans, and enterprises. 

In general, there are more grant opportunities for nonprofits, but there are also thousands of grants for businesses, enterprises, and special interest groups like women and minorities as well. MWBEzone includes thousands of grants to choose from, and new ones are added daily. 

Which Site to Choose:

Say you're a researcher investigating issues affecting women, but you're self-employed, then MWBEzone is the place to look.

If you're a doctor and own your own clinic;  a journalist; a film-maker; or you're employed by a university, but it's not a nonprofit, MWBEzone is also the place to look for grant opportunities. 

Grant Search Tips 

The search tools are virtually the same for both sites. Here are some tips for searching on our websites that pertain to both MWBEzone and GrantWatch as well.

Search by location: First, there are grant listings for grants from all over the world, so to avoid looking through thousands of grants, narrow down your search by your location. You do this with the "Choose Location" button on the toolbar. 

MWBEzone.com, Change Location Instructions

Then find and choose your state. MWBEzone.com only lists grants for the United States and territories, so if you have an international business, look under the "international" category heading on GrantWatch. 

So, for this search, I chose to look for grants in Alaska

Categories on MWBEzoneSearch by category: Another way to narrow down your search is by category. Choose a category from the list on the right side of the screen.

Think of several categories that pertain to you and write them down to try next. 

Once you find a grant you're eligible for, save it in your grants calendar. The grants calendar lists grants by application due date, so you won't miss a deadline, and you can prioritize the order in which you write your grant proposals. 

In addition, once you've been using the website for a while, you can go to "New Grants," and only search through grants that have come up recently. 

Pay Attention to Deadlines: 

You might find a grant that sounds perfect for you, only to see that the deadline is too soon for you to apply. 

For this search, I looked at the category, Aging/Seniors, and I found one of those rare sought after grant listings, my favorites, ones with "Deadline: Ongoing." 


Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Corporations, and Agencies to Benefit Residents Affected by Mental Illness, Disabilities, and Alcoholism 

Deadline: Ongoing 

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 to Alaska nonprofit organizations, corporations, foundations, government agencies, and tribal entities to benefit individuals with mental illness. Funding is intended to support pilot programs, capital construction projects, prevention, and early intervention services for residents throughout the State who have developmental disabilities, mental disorders, Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injuries, and substance-related disorders.

Unlike this great opportunity, which is closing very soon: 

Grants to USA Investigators for Small Research Projects on Medical Issues Affecting Women

Deadline: 04/05/2019

Grants of $25,000 to USA MD and Ph.D. investigators at accredited academic institutions or nonprofit medical research institutions for short-term, small research projects on medical issues that affect women. Research topics eligible for funding include cardiovascular disease, leading female cancers, hormone's role in disease and stage-of-life health concerns, like pregnancy and menopause, diseases or health concerns that disproportionately afflict women, and exploration of gender differences related to the aforementioned topics. 

If your project falls under the research topics eligible for funding, you're in luck. This may include disease prevention or treatment; clarification of gender differences; or quality of life concerns, but you'd better act quickly because the deadline is fast approaching. 

Here are several more examples of grant funding opportunities currently listed on MWBEzone.com

Here's a grant listing on MWBEzone that awards three "everyday heroes" a financial award for their work making the world a better place for women and children through innovative and entrepreneurial social reform: 

Awards to USA, Puerto Rico, and Canada Founders to Recognize Service to Women and Children

Deadline: 05/15/2019

Awards starting at $25,000 to USA, Puerto Rico, and Canada (excluding Quebec) founders of nonprofit social impact organizations to recognize work benefiting low and middle-income women and children. Prizes are intended to reward pioneering individuals who have made strides in the areas of education, social reform, health, and self-esteem.

Here's another research project listed on MWBEzone, similar to the one above, but this one focuses on children's illnesses and is also open to international researchers.

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Scientists for Research Projects that Focus on Clinical Cardiology and Surgical Techniques

Deadline: 06/07/2019 

Grants to USA, Canada, and International scientists for research projects that aim to advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of congenital heart defects. Funding is intended to support research projects with a particular focus on basic science, population science, clinical cardiology, and the advancement of surgical or interventional techniques including, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Devices and procedural research (cardiac catheterization and surgery)
  • Neurodevelopmental and functional outcomes
  • Quality and policy regarding delivery of care, coverage, and access
  • Maternal environment and modifiable disease impact on fetuses with CHD
  • Fetal diagnosis and intervention
  • Long-term care of adults with CHDs

Both GrantWatch and MWBEzone have grants for all the following categories: (These links below will take you to the listings for MWBEzone.com) 

Make MWBEzone the first place you visit when searching for a grant for your business or if you need a grant personally, if you're a woman, a minority or veteran. If you're a nonprofit, GrantWatch is still your best place for your grant search.

Happy Grant Hunting! 

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for MWBEzone and all GrantWatch sister-sites.

Grants Available for Women Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

“Don’t give up, don’t take anything personally, and don’t take no for an answer,” advises Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and award-winning bestseller of Girlboss, a book turned television series describing her experience.

Amoruso and other top women entrepreneurs share their success tips and secrets in a blog article on CreativeLive.com, with lots of great insights. 

Tiffany Angeles, top photographer, business owner, speaker, and coach shares that she felt dead inside working at her corporate job but was too scared to leave. Many women are scared to leave their jobs without having anything to fall back on. Tiffany didn't immediately leave her day job. She started a business on the side, in the evenings and weekends until that income surpassed her income from her corporate job. She has now developed a business with Sue Bryce teaching people to make more money and discover their worth, which has already been attended online by 27.8 thousand students. 

If you're a woman business owner looking for a grant, we list many on our business site, MWBEzone.  

Women who've made it big have started foundations.  Entrepreneur Tory Burch, grants fellowships to women entrepreneurs to participate in her business guidance program. Winners gain access to regular discussions on business topics with designated experts, the other fellows, and the foundation staff. 

Women who are awarded the grant must own a majority stake and manage a "qualifying business," on a day-to-day basis. Qualifying businesses must be for-profit from any industry in the early growth stage (in operation between one and five years), and operating in the United States.  The $10,000 grant is to be used to further their business education. 

The Foundation’s Tory Burch Fellows program chooses 10 fellows annually. The fellowship includes a four-day trip to the Tory Burch campus, located in Jersey City, NJ, where they participate in a series of experiential learning workshops on entrepreneurship and leadership development led by notable experts. The four-day trip culminates with a Pitch Day event where they present their pitch with all the fellows for investors, business experts, and other Tory Burch Foundation affiliates, where the winner of a $100,000 investment in selected. (Half the money is a grant and half is a recoverable grant, which is equivalent to a zero-interest loan). 

Participants also gain access to a new Tory Burch Foundation Online Community. The Foundation's online platform will be a dynamic community of women entrepreneurs leading early and growth stage businesses from diverse sectors across the United States. The primary purpose of the online community is to facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring and meaningful collaboration. 

Here are just some of the grants for women entrepreneurs currently listed on MWBEzone: 

Grants to USA and Canada Women Entrepreneurs to Start a Business or Grow an Existing Business 

Deadline: Ongoing 

Grants of $1,000 to USA and Canada women entrepreneurs to start a business or develop an existing business. One grant will be awarded each month. One of the 12 monthly winners will be awarded a $10,000 grant at the end of 2018. Funding is intended to help women achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,and IHEs to Apply New Technologies to Global Health Priorities 

Deadline: 4.10.19

Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits, for-profit companies, agencies, and IHEs for the application of new technologies to help solve global health problems. Health priority areas include outcomes related to infectious diseases, child growth and development, pregnancy and birth, disease surveillance, and research into the development of new vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Funding is intended to foster and support impact in global health through innovative uses of emerging technologies.

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Filmmakers for Films that Promote Social Justice and Cultural Exchange

Deadline: 06/01/19.

Grants to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for film projects that align with the themes of empowerment, social justice, and cultural exchange. Funding is available to both novice and experienced filmmakers for all stages of development, including development, production, post-production, as well as film festival applications. 

Opportunity for USA Female Veterans and Military Spouses or Partners to Attend an Entrepreneurship Training Program

Deadline: Ongoing.

Opportunity for USA female veterans and female military spouses or partners to attend a small business management and entrepreneurship program. This program will equip eligible women with the skills they need to successfully develop and grow a business venture. 

Awards to Nashville, Tennessee Women to Recognize Their Impact on the Music and Entertainment Industry

Grants to Kentucky Women for Training and Career Development

Awards to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC Women in Eligible Areas to Recognize Excellence in Business Leadership

To find other grants for women, businesses and nonprofits you might be eligible for, please visit MWBEzone.com or GrantWatch

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for MWBEzone.

Where Can Small Businesses Find Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Grants?

In an effort to meet the needs of small businesses and the unemployed, foundations, states, and the federal government currently offer workforce development grants and apprenticeship grants for small businesses to provide quality career apprenticeship training programs to fill jobs in high-demand occupations due to the current gap between people's job skills and the skills needed for the jobs available in today's marketplace. 

Small businesses benefit when providing apprenticeships to new employees to obtain workplace relevant knowledge and skills to be successful as they start their new career.

Apprenticeship grants provide employment opportunities for young people and for people mid-career who find themselves at a crossroads due to changes in job availability in their profession.

Apprenticeships allow individuals to transition to a new career or learn the latest technologies and programs now needed to succeed in their field.  Training programs offered by small businesses can have both an on-the-job (paid employment) training component and an educational schooling component (related technical instruction outside the business).

These grants for small businesses benefit the small businesses by creating a skilled workforce whose training has been funded by state and foundation program grants. A win win because state employment numbers will increase, and individuals will have jobs that help them provide for their families. 

Below are some of the workforce development grants, apprenticeship grants, and career training opportunities currently listed on MWBEzone.com

State workforce development grants

Application periods vary on a state by state basis and are posted on MWBEzone.com when they become available. States such as New York and New Jersey provide millions of dollars each for their apprenticeship program grants through their Department of Labor each year. 

This program promotes the expansion and development of United States Department of Labor (USDOL) approved Registered Apprenticeship programs that drive economic development through skills and educational attainment and create pathways to better-paying careers and advanced credentials. While this organization describes ten sectoral/occupational areas of focus, all occupations that are recognized by the US Department of Labor as “apprentice-able” are encouraged to apply.

Registered apprenticeships are high-quality, work-based earn-and-learn models that meet national standards for registration with the US Department of Labor (or federally-recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies), resulting in a nationally recognized credential.

Occupations currently targeted through the program include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing 
  • Bio Pharma/Life Sciences
  • Energy, Utilities and Infrastructure 
  • Retail, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Financial Services/Insurance 
  • Transportation, Logistics and Distribution
  • Information Technology/Cyber Security 
  • Renewable Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related sectors/occupations



Grants to Nebraska Employers and Labor Organizations for Workforce Training Programs, Deadline: 3/31/2019.

Grants to Nebraska employers and labor organizations for workforce training and development programs. Funding is intended to expand the state’s skill pool through projects that enhance earning capacity and job security for workers while building productivity. 

New York State

Grants to New York Employers for Apprenticeships in High-Demand Occupations: Deadline: 3/29/2019, 4:00 pm. 

Grants of up to $5,000 per apprentice to New York employers to increase work opportunities for new apprentices, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups. Apprentices will enter into high-demand occupations and trades, with a primary focus on the emerging fields of healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and other in-demand occupations. 

Applicants are encouraged to actively recruit women and underrepresented populations, including youth, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. 

Tax Credits for Hiring Workers with Developmental Disabilities: Deadline: Ongoing

Tax credits to New York for-profit businesses and organizations to hire employees who have developmental disabilities. Tax credits may be applied to both full-time or part-time positions. Participating businesses may receive a tax credit for each qualifying employee hired for a minimum period of 6 months.

In addition, there are private and public foundations that offer workforce development grants. Here are some available in multiple states: 

Foundation grants to multiple states for workforce development: 

Workforce development grants are currently available for the arts as well. In addition to grants for small businesses, MWBEzone.com lists grants for minorities, women and individuals. 

Scholarships and Fellowships to USA Students and Individual Artists for Tuition and Professional Training in the Theater Arts, Deadline: 04/01/2019. 

Scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships ranging from $7,500 to $30,000 to USA students and individual artists for professional training in the theater arts. Funding is intended to support tuition costs for students in their final year, as well as artistic fees and salaries for mentorship and mainstage production work.

Nonprofits, schools, states, municipalities and individuals frustrated by the often-overwhelming process involved with searching for grants can identify funding opportunities for workforce development programs and career advancement initiatives at GrantWatch.comSign-up to receive the weekly GrantWatch newsletter which features geographic-specific funding opportunities. 

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Grants and Loans for Home Repairs for USA Low Income Rural Homeowners

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Government grants and loans exist for home repairs and safety hazard removal for USA low-income rural homeowners. This program is known as the Section 504 Home Repair program and are ongoing.  

The Section 504 Home Repair program provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their homes or provides grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. 

The USDA Rural Development Department offers these loans and grants because helping people stay in their own home and keep it in good repair helps families and their communities. Homeownership helps families and individuals build savings over time. It strengthens communities and helps many kinds of businesses that support the local economy.

Grants of up to $7,500 and low-interest loans of up to $20,000 are awarded to low-income homeowners in rural areas of the US, to improve their homes and address health hazards. The purpose of this program is to help people stay in their home and keep houses in good repair. Low-interest loans are available to repair, modernize, and improve homes. The grants available are for elderly homeowners with low incomes, primarily to remove health and safety hazards. 

Who may apply for this program?

To qualify, you must:
• Be the homeowner and occupy the house
• Be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere
• Have a family income below 50 percent of the area median income
• For grants, be age 62 or older and not be able to repay a repair loan

What is an eligible area?

Generally, rural areas with a population less than 35,000 are eligible.
Applicants may check the address of their home to determine eligibility online.

How may funds be used?
• Loans may be used to repair, improve, or modernize homes or to remove health and safety hazards.
• Grants must be used to remove health and safety hazards.

How much money can I get?
• Maximum loan is $20,000.
• Maximum grant is $7,500.
• Loans and grants can be combined for up to $27,500 in assistance.

What are the terms of the loan or grant?
• Loans can be repaid over 20 years
• Loan interest rate is fixed at 1%.
• Full title service is required for loans of $7,500 or more
• Grants have a lifetime limit of $7,500.
• Grants must be repaid if the property is sold in less than 3 years
• If applicants can repay part, but not all of the costs, applicants may be offered a loan and grant combination

Is there a deadline to apply?
Applications are available year round as long as funding is available, and are processed in the order they are received.

How long does an application take?
Approval times depend on funding availability in your area. Talk to a USDA home loan specialist in your area for help with the application.

To get started, contact a USDA home loan specialist in your area.

What law governs this program?
• The Housing Act of 1949 as amended, 7 CFR, Part 3550
• HB-1-3550 – Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants Field Office Handbook 

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