|Date of Release||Title Opportunity (Source Agency) Eligible Applicants||Businesses Eligible?||Proposal Due Date|
In March 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) to assist newcomers to the State who are eager to contribute to our economy and become part of the family of New York State. While states with the largest immigrant communities have historically maintained offices, initiatives or committees to address immigrant issues, ONA is unique in accomplishing its mission with an infrastructure of more than 25 Opportunity Centers focused on immigrant integration. Last year, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature codified the Office for New Americans as a statutory office of State government, making it the first state-level immigrant office created by statute in the country. Recently, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature nearly doubled the State funding to the Office for New Americans for the 2015-2016 fiscal year - recognizing the State's continued dedication to immigrants and to the successful work of the community-based organizations providing needed services throughout the State.
In continuation of the above mission and pursuit of the State's goals, ONA has released a Request for Applications (RFA) seeking organizations within New York's counties with high concentrations of newcomers, interested in establishing a network of neighborhood-based "Opportunity Centers" (ONA Opportunity Centers) where immigrants will be supported through unique programming . This programming will use professional staff, in-class technology and community volunteers to provide English-for-Speakers-of-Other Languages (ESOL) training; help interested eligible New Americans participate in the federal deferred action process; support interested eligible New Americans through the naturalization application process; provide free legal consultations; and, open entrepreneurship opportunities to New Americans. These ONA Opportunity Centers will also partner with ONA and other community-based and government agencies to coordinate and host additional programming and support for New American communities. Meanwhile, a related ONA Legal Counsel RFA has been released to expand legal services to immigrants in our state.
|6/2/2015||Job Driven National Emergency Grant(NYSDOL)
Private sector for-profit businesses, private not-for-profit businesses, local workforce investment boards, and training providers are eligible to apply. NYSDOL is making up to $4.4 million in funding available to solicit projects providing work-based training (on-the-job training, apprenticeship, customized training) to dislocated workers, with emphasis on long-term unemployed, unemployment beneficiaries likely to exhaust benefits, and foreign-trained immigrant worker populations.
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