Apply Now: Funding for Economic Recovery Efforts

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March 16, 2022 - The CWDC is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for the grants and solicitations listed below. Funding for these is provided by HB21-1264, signed by Governor Jared Polis on June 23, 2021 to address the economic impacts of the pandemic on employers and workers. 

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Trade Association Training Programs Grant – Applications due March 28
This grant provides funding to trade associations to develop and/or implement innovative workforce training opportunities that address the negative economic impacts of COVID-19 and provide aid to impacted industries. Trade associations can use funding to expand existing programming or develop new programming that will support skill development and career growth for individuals in order to fill industry talent shortages. Apply here.

  • Who can apply? Trade associations in high-demand industries
  • How much? Up to $310,000/per association
  • What are the funds for? Developing and/or implementing workforce training opportunities

Career Navigation and Coaching Grants for CBOs -- Applications due March 31
Many community-based organizations (CBOs) are already providing workforce focused services to their clients. This opportunity will provide those CBOs with the resources needed to expand their career coaching efforts by adding staff and gaining access to other coaching efforts supported through local workforce centers along with training and promotional support to increase participation within targeted communities. Apply here.

  • Who can apply? Workforce-focused nonprofit organizations
  • How much? Up to $199,640/awardee
  • What are the funds for? Expanding career coaching efforts through additional staff, training, and other support

Regional Sector Staffing Support Grants - Applications due April 1
Colorado’s sector partnership model is a public-private approach that fosters industry-driven alignment across workforce, education, and economic development. This opportunity strives to fund additional capacity for convening regional sector partnerships across the state. Regional conveners will be hired to support existing partnerships or to help with the development of new partnerships in key industries and will be supported by ongoing training and coaching by the CWDC to ensure successful implementation. Apply here.

  • Who can apply? Those looking to start or enhance a Regional Sector Partnership
  • How much? Up to $217,000/awardee
  • What are the funds for? Regional sector partnership staff
Solicitations for Vendors

Evidence-Based Practices -- Proposals due March 21 
The selected vendor(s) will help build capacity within Colorado's talent development ecosystem to improve the use of data and evidence in order to ensure that investments are as effective as possible. The CWDC seeks to hire a vendor to develop and deliver technical assistance to enhance the awareness of evidence-based practices and lead organizations to strengthen existing and new systems. Submit proposals here.

Career Navigation and Coaching Collaborative Training -- Proposals due April 1
The state is looking for a partner to develop and implement a training program for coaches, supervisors, and coordinators throughout the statewide Coaching Collaborative at local workforce centers and CBOs in alignment with CWDC priorities and values. Submit proposals here.

Career Navigation Promotions -- Proposals due April 1
The state is requesting the development and implementation of a promotional campaign that will increase awareness and use of the Coaching Collaborative services, particularly among underserved communities. Submit proposals here.

Non-profit Grant Management-- Proposals due April 6
The CWDC is requesting a vendor to provide training and grant management for nonprofits focused on Colorado's economic recovery to increase the ability of these nonprofits to access and successfully implement opportunities supported by State and Federal funding. Submit proposals here.