CLOSED: Tech Talent Diversity Initiative

CLOSED: Grant Solicitation for Tech Talent Diversity Initiative

Solicitation No. (2019 - JAII - 04)

The Innovation Institute, a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“Mass Tech Collaborative”), is offering to fund a pilot project to support a Tech Talent Diversity Initiative in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Innovation Institute is looking to support a focused effort that increases the number of individuals from underrepresented or diverse populations who are offered internships or entry level employment opportunities within technology firms across the Commonwealth. This RFP offers applicants the opportunity to propose creative project(s) to increase the successful placement and retention of talent for tech internships, apprenticeships, and any entry level tech sector jobs from underrepresented groups such as women, African American, or Hispanic individuals. This program is committed to seeking out and supporting exceptional initiatives capable of achieving this goal in a region or across the state as a whole. The Innovation Institute looks to also improve levels of achievement and “quality of experience” at places of employment for individuals of diverse race and gender when placed into tech companies. The Innovation Institute is open to any range of creative proposals that will contribute to these goals.

This Tech Talent Diversity Initiative award offers civic, business, or nonprofit organizations a unique opportunity to address one or more of the following: 1) streamline the identification and recruitment of diverse candidates for internships or entry level positons; 2) support candidates’ efforts to be placed in workforce opportunities; 3) support successful work experience; 4) improve employer practices toward increasing participation and retention rates among diverse populations, including efforts to address potential unconscious bias in employer hiring and retention activities.

Full details included in the Grant Solicitation below.

Team Lead William Fuqua, fuqua (at)
Solicitation Issued and Posted May 8, 2019
Question & Answer Call May 23, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST
Questions Due May 29, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST
Answers to Questions Posted June 5, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST
Applications Due June 28, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST
Notification of Award no later than: Mid-October 2019 (updated 8/5/19)

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