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Colorado First and Existing Industry (CFEI) Customized Job Training Grant Programs


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Funding Source
Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Colorado

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/17/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Colorado businesses and nonprofit organizations for workforce development initiatives. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. Funding is intended to improve employment opportunities, foster talent, and increase business competitiveness. Applicants relocating to Colorado may also apply. The goal of the program is to increase transferable job skills that support business competitiveness and enhance workers’ resumes and long-term employment opportunities.

Colorado First and Existing Industry Job Training Grant Programs support Colorado’s workforce development by providing grants to both existing businesses and those locating to or expanding in Colorado through the following programs:

  • The Colorado First (CF) customized training grant program provides funds for net new hire training and focuses on businesses relocating to or expanding in Colorado and in need of training workers with the skills necessary to increase their productivity, to increase their wages, and to reduce their need for public support.
  • The Existing Industry (EI) customized training program provides funding for incumbent worker training and supports established Colorado businesses with adapting to new technology and preventing layoffs.

Funding is limited for training related to customer service, employer engagement and/or development, sales, marketing, and branding.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Only for-profit business and non-governmental 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply.

Businesses are eligible to apply for Colorado First grants every year. Businesses are eligible to apply for Existing Industry grants every other year.

Additional Geographic Information:

See a map of all CCCS locations across the state:

Skill Advance Colorado does not fund training related to grantee/business orientation, personality assessments (i.e., DiSC, MBTI, CliftonStrengths, etc.), strategic planning, project planning, foundational/beginning/basic computer skills or office administration/productivity software (i.e., Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace), and non-customized training available at local colleges, workforce centers, and public service providers; training related to federal and state mandated training (e.g., OSHA, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)]; labor union-required or labor union-funded training; or consulting services.

Pre-Application Information
- State application submission period: Extended through April 17, 2023
- Training completion deadline: May 19, 2023
- Final Reports Due: Within two weeks after training completion

The first step in the grant application process is to contact your local customized training community college representative for assistance.

On-site visits by college representatives are required for new grant applicants; an on-site company visit may be conducted by Skill Advance Colorado program administrators.

Grantees must contribute a minimum of 40% (cash or in-kind) to the total costs of grant-funded.

Funding is disbursed to community colleges for reimbursement to grantees. Grantees are reimbursed after training completion.

Program Overview:

Estimated Size of Grant
Fiscal Year 2022 incentive levels – per learner maximum funding (averaged across each training plan): CF – $1,650, EI – $1,400.

Training funds requests are capped at $150,000 per application; total training funds are capped at $200,000 per grantee per fiscal Grant awards are contingent upon available funding.

Term of Contract
The Skill Advance Colorado program fiscal year is July 1 through June (Same as State fiscal year). Training completion deadline: May 19, 2023

Contact Information
To apply for a job training grant, please contact your local Skill Advance Colorado community college representative:

For more information: Kendra Rodriguez – Program Director: or Tina Sauceda – Program Manager, Colorado Community College System

Colorado Community College System
Academic Affairs
9101 E Lowry Blvd
Denver CO 80230-6011

Phone: 303-620-4000

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