NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development Announces Two Grant Funding Opportunities for NJ Libraries

lwdExpanding opportunities for New Jersey job-seekers to connect with employment and training resources, the Christie Administration announced back in April 2015 an innovative partnership with local public libraries across the state during the New Jersey Library Association annual conference in Long Branch. The $2.5 million initiative will strengthen local communities and the Garden State economy by helping more people to find jobs and manage their careers closer to home.

The full press release that was issued on April 22, 2015 can be found here.

On December 14, 2015, the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) issued the following two notices of grant opportunities to support libraries across the state.

New Jersey Libraries Career Connections Grant for Uniform Career Guidance and Job Search Assistance Services
LWD is launching a new partnership with the State Library and local libraries (county and municipal) across the state to provide assistance to an even larger number of job seekers. This $1.5 million initiative will provide grants to twenty-six libraries ($50,000/each) across the state, to be selected competitively, that will serve as access points for our workforce services. The libraries will distribute job search information and will assist job seekers in using the Career Connections digital platform on the  Jobs4Jersey website to connect them to jobs. LWD will provide training and support to library staff so that they can effectively help their local residents. Additionally, the State Library will receive a grant of $200,000 to assist in the implementation of this initiative. More…

Adult Literacy & Community Library Partnership – Pilot Grant Program (ALCLP)
This pilot program funding is designed to improve access and  instructional opportunities for New Jersey residents to increase their Adult Basic Education and/or English  Language proficiency skills through the state’s library system. WIOA Title II providers are envisioned to best provide traditional classroom instruction and the libraries to provide the delivery setting and wrap around support services to achieve success. More…

A Technical Assistance Workshop will be held on January 5, 2016 for interested applicants. Application Deadline is February 5, 2016 – 12:00 PM(Noon).

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About Tiffany McClary

Tiffany McClary is the Director of Communications, Marketing & Outreach for the New Jersey State Library. She coordinates marketing and public relations initiatives in order to enhance the reputation of the State Library, and promote the value of NJ libraries and the services and programs that they provide to residents.