HBA Funding Available for Careers in Construction Programs

Filed in Membership, Workforce Development by on January 31, 2020 3 Comments

blueprints and toolsInspiring the next generation of well-trained and motivated workers is critical for the home building industry. To help encourage students across the country to consider a career in construction, local and state HBAs are invited to apply for the Career Connections Funding Opportunity, funded by the Skilled Labor Fund (SLF) and managed by the National Housing Endowment (NHE).

The purpose of this funding is to support activities that introduce students to careers in residential skilled trades, including:

  • Traditional “career fairs” where students meet prospective employers in a trade show format
  • Presentations where industry educates students about the career opportunities in residential skilled trades
  • Industry participation in community or school organized career events
  • Any bona fide activity that promotes the trades to students or endeavors to make employment connections

Funding is limited to $2,500 per HBA per event. The committee will consider each application and will award funds based upon merit and funding availability. The plan is to fund 40 events in this round and launch another round later in 2020. Allocation of funds is determined by a committee representing the Skilled Labor Fund, NHE, NAHB and any direction provided by contributors.

Applications are due Monday, March 9, 2020. Grant recipients will be announced in late March. Contact Caroline Fabacher with any questions.

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  1. Tommy Pinion says:

    When you state one event per HBA, are you meaning local HBA or State HBA or both?

    • Mark Pursell says:

      Tommy, I understand your question. We will consider funding of $2500 to more than one event per state. Each event should submit a separate application. If they are all managed by the state HBA, that is not a problem. Of course, our funding availability dictates how many events we can support.

      Hope this helps,

      Mark Pursell
      National Housing Endowment

  2. Hi,
    HB&RA wants to host a Skills USA . It’s very important to us to introduce the next generation to the skills we have today.
    Norma Jean Estes
    Executive Officer HB&RA Of NE MS

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