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Sarasota County launches Resilient SRQ Workforce Development and Training Program

Post Date:05/15/2024 3:32 PM

SARASOTA COUNTY – The Resilient SRQ Workforce Development and Training Program invites nonprofit organizations, community-based development organizations, public institutions of higher learning and Sarasota County public entities to apply for funding for workforce development, training programs and projects.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $201.5 million to Sarasota County Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) to aid the long-term recovery from Hurricane Ian for low to moderate-income individuals.

The Workforce Development and Training Program has $15 million allocated to fund projects that will create or expand training for construction trades.

Applications will be accepted May 15 through June 26.

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the in-person/virtual information session to learn more about the program.

  • Tuesday, May 21, 8:30 a.m., at the Sarasota County Administration Building, 1660 Ringling Blvd., in the first-floor training room.

Applicants can register here for the session online.

Applicants must meet all the following conditions for a project to be considered for funding:

1. Proposed project serves low to moderate-income (LMI) persons in accordance with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) LMI National Objective. Applicant will continue to report meeting the LMI National Objective as specified in the subrecipient agreement.

2. The proposed project must be an eligible activity. Eligible activities can be one or both of the following:

a. Public facilities construction and acquisition: public facilities must be used for the purpose of a construction trades training program.

b. Provision of public services: workforce training programs must include creating or expanding training programs for construction trades.

3. Project is in Sarasota County.

4. Project includes mitigation measures.

If an applicant’s project meets these conditions, projects will be scored on their financial plan, project readiness, project impact and pre-award assessment.

Below summarizes the application process and review steps:

Step 1: Interested applicants submit an application at ResilientSRQ.net.

Step 2: Resilient SRQ staff will review applications and make scoring recommendations to the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners.

Step 3: The Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners will review and make a final selection of projects for funding.

Step 4: Selected projects will enter a subrecipient agreement outlining specific CDBG-DR funding requirements.

Additional information about eligibility requirements and scoring criteria can be found at ResilientSRQ.net or by calling 311 or 941-861-5309.

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