HB21-1264 Reskilling, Upskilling, and Next-skilling Workers

HB21-1264 allocates $25 million to Investments in Reskilling, Upskilling, and Next-skilling (RUN) Workers. Of these funds:

  • $20.75 million will be allocated to Local Workforce Boards (if you have questions about how these funds will be used, please contact your Local Workforce Board);
  • $3 million will be competed out to community-based organizations (learn more about the organizations who were most recently awarded grants here); and
  • $1.25 million will be used for outreach, promotion, the use of digital platforms, and statewide licenses.  

Rural Reskilling, Upskilling, and Next-skilling Workers Grant

Applications CLOSED on March 28

The Rural Reskilling, Upskilling, and Next-Skilling (RUN) Workers Grant is part of the larger RUN grant. This grant’s funding supports rural organizations that facilitate or are planning to facilitate training for unemployed and underemployed Coloradans to earn industry-recognized credentials, which equip workers with in-demand skills while addressing the skills gaps many employers are facing. 

  • Grant amounts: Up to $225,000 per award
  • Who should apply: 501(c)(3) community-based nonprofit organizations who have a partnership with local workforce centers in the Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium (with the exception of the Broomfield Workforce Center)

Promotion of RUN Funding and Short-term Credentials

Workers, job seekers, and students impacted by the pandemic can take advantage of RUN funding delivered through workforce centers and community-based organizations to earn a short-term credential that leads to an in-demand, well-paying career.

Participants can choose from hundreds of certificates in fields as diverse as the trades, communications and marketing, software engineering, and project management. If you are looking for a good job or new career, visit readytorise.me to learn more and complete the form to have someone from your local workforce center contact you about short-term credentials at no cost to you.

Background & Partners

In fall 2021, Colorado state agencies partnered on the Ready to Rise campaign to raise awareness of and connect individuals to the many stimulus opportunities available through the Colorado Recovery Plan. The initial Ready to Rise campaign ran from September 2021 to early January 2022, and showed great success in building awareness of stimulus opportunities, driving 42,000 new visitors to the ReadytoRiseCO.org landing page from September through December 2021.

In the second phase of outreach during Q1 and Q2 of 2022, the CWDC and Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE) are now focusing more explicitly on enrollment in stimulus programs, with a specific focus on enrollments in Reskilling, Upskilling, and Next-skilling (RUN) opportunities available via HB21-1264. The CWDC, CDLE, and local partners are working to support 4,900 COVID-19 impacted Coloradans to complete training opportunities by June 30, 2022.

Access the RUN Outreach Communications Toolkit for promotional materials. For additional questions about the campaign or how to get involved, please contact katie.ciaglo@state.co.us.


Recent Activities
  • Applications closed on March 28 for the Rural Reskilling, Upskilling, and Next-skilling Workers (RUN) Grants
  • Develop new skills and earn a short-term credential at no cost to you. Visit readytorise.me to start your journey.
  • Ten Organizations Awarded Reskilling, Upskilling, and Next-skilling Workers (RUN) Grants - Learn More