Secretary of State Cesar Perales Announces Recipients of
Workforce Development Grants in 10 Communities in the NYC Region
More than $2 million in aid provided statewide to provide job training, job skills development, job placement
and retention programs and ESL training
New York - Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales announced that the New York Department of State (DOS) is providing more than $2 million in Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Workforce Development Grants to 21 communities across New York. The ten downstate recipients were announced today, with more than $1 million awarded to ten communities in the New York City area. The Secretary will announce the remaining 11 upstate grantees on Wednesday in Columbia County.
The program is just one of many efforts being implemented by Governor Cuomo’s administration to help struggling New Yorkers find employment opportunities. The CSBG funds will enable Community Action Agencies throughout the state to provide underserved communities with a variety of employment related services including workforce development, job training, job skills development, job placement and retention programs, English as second language training, and financial and civic literacy programs.
“These funds will go directly to the communities that need it the most and will provide our underserved populations with vital services that can help them find jobs in this tough economy,” said Secretary Perales. “Additionally, providing millions of New Yorkers who are not fluent in English with the ability to learn the language will be instrumental to tearing down barriers to employment. I’m extremely proud that we are able to assist community organizations that are committed to helping those most in need.”
Federal CSBG funds are administered by the New York Department of State. A portion of the funds are authorized to be competitively awarded to community action agencies (CAAs) working to alleviate conditions of poverty and empower economic mobility for low-income persons. In 2008, DOS used these funds to pioneer a ground-breaking competitive grant program to support and encourage some of the state’s most innovative and effective local not-for-profit programming. Since then, awards have grown from $30,000 for top scoring applicants to upwards of $100,000 this year. The New York model is seen by many states as the most effective system in providing impoverished communities with opportunities for employment and job growth.
“CSBG grantees are on the forefront of developing employment programs and strategies that meet local business and occupational needs, including apprenticeships and internships in the construction field; development of business plans so that individuals can start and operate small businesses; and state-of-the-art green jobs training. Last year, more than 20,000 unemployed New Yorkers obtained a job through CSBG programs and services,” said Deputy Secretary Dede Scozzafava.
Chester Lee, Chair of Chinese-American Planning Council’s Board of Directors and one of the grant awardees said, “We applaud the New York Department of State for supporting the Chinese-American Planning Council’s (CPC) efforts to ensure the continued vibrancy of the communities and neighborhoods in which we live and work. CPC’s workforce development division is excited to work with the New York Department of State to provide vital job readiness and job placement services to low-income immigrants who are looking to enter or re-enter the workforce with the help of this grant. This funding greatly enhances our mission in serving the immigrant and Lower East Side communities.”