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Building Operations and Maintenance Workforce Development Training Program

Program Name: Building Operations and Maintenance Workforce Development Training Program
Program Sponsor: NYSERDA
Program Type:          Workforce Training; Rebate/ Incentives; Information Sharing/ Technical Support
Technology:               Alternative Energy Generation/ Renewables; Energy Efficiency/ Demand Response; Energy Storage
Fuel:                        Fuel Neutral
Eligibility:  Building Owners, Facility Managers, Property Management Companies, Business Associations, Trade Groups, and Organized Labor Associations
Cost: Cost share varies by project and location


NYSERDA’s Building Operations and Maintenance Workforce Training Program (PON 5357) aims to reduce energy use and associated carbon emissions while saving building operators and owners money by developing and strengthening the skills of operations and maintenance (O&M) staff and managers across the state. The program is designed to equip building O&M workers with the skills to operate increasingly energy-efficient, grid- flexible, and electrified building systems that reduce buildings’ contribution to climate change.


Building owners, facility managers, property management companies, business associations, trade groups, and organized labor associations are all eligible to apply for funding. While a training organization or trade association may be the applicant, it must partner with a specified entity or entities employing building O&M workers.

Proposals must be for training activities connected with specific buildings, building portfolios, or campuses of buildings, including partnerships of businesses with common training needs and skills gaps. Proposals – include partnerships of businesses with common training needs and skills gaps – must have total combined annual energy expenditures of $1 million or more for all fuels and uses.

How the Program Works

The goal of the Training is to help eligible entities create the talent development strategy, corporate culture, on-site training framework, and tools needed to advance building O&M workers beyond classroom training. NYSERDA will support eligible projects by providing funding for programs and activities such as, but not limited to:

  • Creation of on-site training laboratories
  • Curriculum development
  • In-person and virtual training
  • Coaching/mentorships, and
  • Training trainers within an organization

When 75% or more of the buildings employing O&M workers are located in a Disadvantaged Community (or the application is for a qualifying union-led project or qualifying pre-apprenticeship program), NYSERDA funds up to 90% with a cap of $500,000 per project.

For all other applications, NYSERDA funds up to 70% with a cap of $500,000 per application.

Additional funding of up to $500,000 may be awarded to successful projects after the original contract award if funding is available.

The minimum funding request is $50,000.

In all applications, most of the cost share must be provided by the employer(s) of building O&M workers. Examples of eligible cost share include the training provider/facility’s employees’ wages while working on tasks defined in the Statement of Work, the training provider/facility’s employees’ wages during training hours, equipment that will be used exclusively for training purposes, and training fees offset by a third party.

For additional information, contact NYSERDA and read the full Program Opportunity Notice.

How to Apply

Email all applications, including all required attachments, to

Applications accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis dependent on funding availability until December 31, 2025 by 3:00 PM EST.

Contact Information

Contact the BOM team to discuss your eligibility at
For contractual questions, contact Nancy Marucci at 518-862-1090 x3335 or
For program questions, contact Kerry Hogan at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3509 or Laura Giannini at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3457 or by e-mail to