Most people would agree that job development and training is a worthy cause. However, every organization ultimately needs financial assistance to carry out their plans. Funding sources are vital to the establishment and operation of job training programs which include resources for:
Equally important is the need for leveraged resources. Partners and supporters are able to provide services and in-kind support that often exceed the value of financial contributions. Leveraged assistance comes in many forms.
That is why it is so important to know how to research and pursue a variety of funding sources and support partners at the federal, state, and local levels.
This section provides examples of resources used by Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) programs. Resources are divided into four categories.
Based on interviews with job training coordinators, many communities were able to start environmental training programs because of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) EWDJT program. Startup funding from national corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations is difficult to find. Websites of national foundations often state that they are able to fund only a very small percentage of requests received. Hard dollars are critical, but once in operation, leveraged support is available to help operate and maintain programs.
It is fair to say that all successful EWDJT programs receive leveraged support from a variety of sources. Program coordinators constantly stress the importance of tapping into resources and services already available in the community. EWDJT grants fund only specific environmental training related to programs outlined in the Requests for Proposals (RFP). For this reason, EWDJT programs need to reach out to other organizations such as community colleges, community assistance programs, and labor organizations for assistance with:
Community-based organizations, which already work with disadvantaged people in most communities, are also involved with recruiting and screening students. Private companies provide leverage support by serving on advisory boards, and recommending and/or conducting portions of the environmental training. Some remediation firms, recognizing the value of the EWDJT program, provide facilities and equipment.