Green Economy Fund

As part of the Champlain Hudson Power Express® project (CHPE), Hydro-Québec and Transmission Developers created the Green Economy Fund (GEF), a $40 million fund designed to support disadvantaged workers, low-income New Yorkers, and transitioning fossil fuel workers in accessing and building careers in New York State’s green economy.

The GEF’s direction is informed by an Advisory Board made up of experienced local community members, experts in workforce development, and environmental justice leaders across New York State. The Green Economy Fund Advisory Board can be viewed here.

 Funding priorities include, but are not limited to:

  • Workforce development training programs that link disadvantaged and low- income New Yorkers to good jobs in the green economy with sustainable wages.
  • Nonprofits providing wrap-around services to workers from the target communities that enable them to connect to and/or sustain themselves in good jobs and training programs in the green economy.
  • Organizations may apply for funding for direct training costs, wrap-around services, and general operating expenses.

Applications are currently closed, a second round of funding is anticipated for 2024 and updates on fund activities will be made available here.


To date the GEF has awarded the following organizations:

Non-Traditional Employment for Women (NEW)

NEW is a nonprofit organization offering free training for women to start careers in trades, utilities and facilities maintenance. Workers interested in joining the program may enroll now by visiting or emailing

Stacks + Jules

Stacks+Joules provides free, high-quality work-based learning on the implementation and maintenance of Building Automation Systems (BAS). For more information on upcoming classes please visit their website.

Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A)

P2A provides free, pre-apprenticeship training in the trades and links graduates to interviews with many of the Building Trade unions including the Laborers, the Ironworkers, the Plumbers, Painters, Electricians and more. If you are interested in applying, please visit their website and sign up for e-mail updates, call them at (917)983-8830 or send an e-mail to

Building Works

Building Works is a free pre-apprenticeship training program that connects graduates to apprenticeships in the NYC District Council of Carpenters. New training classes are made available every 1-2 months, to learn more about applying visit their website and email questions to