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Colorado First and Existing Industry (CFEI) and Colorado Community College System (CCCS)
Grants of up to $1,200 to companies that are either moving to, or expanding in, Colorado. Funding is intended to cover the costs associated with job training programs. The ultimate goal of these grants is to improve the State's labor force and incentive business growth in Colorado by covering the cost of job training programs.
By paying costs associated with job training, the programs increase transferable job skills that support both the company’s competitiveness and enhance worker’s resumes and long-term employment opportunities.
There are two different job training program tracks available:
- The Existing Industry (EI) training program focuses on providing assistance to establish Colorado companies in order to remain competitive within their industry, adapt to new technology, and prevent layoffs.
- The Colorado First (CF) training program focuses on companies relocating to or expanding in Colorado and provides funds only for net new hires.
Other Program Elements
- Trainees must sign an affidavit to certify their participation in grant funded training.
- Grant funded training may not begin until the training proposal has been approved by the state administrators.
- The program fiscal year is the same as the state’s, which runs July 1st through June 30th.
- Existing Industry funded trainees may not be duplicated across grant rounds.
- Round 1 EI trainees may not be duplicated in round 2; CF trainees funded in round 1 may be trained in approved EI grants in round 2.
- Companies may apply for only one program per round.
- Colorado First applications may be submitted every year.
- Existing Industry applications will be considered only every third year. (i.e., Existing Industry funds received FY 2015, off FY2016 and FY2017, apply for FY2018).
GrantWatch ID#: 145008
For the Fiscal Year 2018, the following incentive levels will be provided:
Colorado First Customized Job Training program provides a maximum annual grant award of $1,200/FTE.
Existing Industry Customized Job Training program provides a maximum annual grant award of $1,000/FTE.
Grant-funded training may not begin until the training proposal has been approved by the state administrators. Training must be completed by December 15, 2017 for round 1 and May 31, 2018 for round 2.
Colorado companies which meet certain baseline criteria are eligible to apply for Colorado First and Existing Industry funds in a competitive grant process. The first step in the process is to contact your local customized training community college representative for assistance. Please see the college representative contact list: https://www.cccs.edu/partnering-for-success/training-funds/cfei-representatives-cccs/
Companies moving to Colorado or existing Colorado companies who are adding new employees are eligible for Colorado First funds.
- Companies must contribute a minimum of 40% to the total costs of grant-funded training.
- All grant-funded training must be customized for the company’s specific needs.
- An on-site company visit by OEDIT and CCCS representatives is required.
- Companies must pay an average hourly wage greater than $13.00/hour in urban areas; in rural Colorado, a company’s average wages must be at least $10.00/hour.
- Companies applying for and receiving Existing Industry program funds must offer health insurance to employees. Colorado First applicants are not required to offer health insurance if the company has been in business fewer than three years.
- Federal or state mandated training (e.g. Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA / Commercial Driver’s License – CDL) is not eligible for grant funding.
- Grant funded training must be for permanent, full-time (32 hours/week), non-seasonal, non-retail employees eligible to work in the US who have significant career opportunities and require substantive instruction.
- Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Factors considered are: customized job enhancing skills / number of trainees / community college training participation / state geographic representation / industry diversification / projected wage levels. Focus is placed on the following industries: advanced manufacturing, bioscience, aerospace, energy & natural resources, advanced technology, electronics, infrastructure engineering and construction.
- Competitive training skills include: Lean manufacturing / information technology, such as SQL, HTML, JQuery, etc. / advanced financial analysis / quality management / welding / Six Sigma / bioscience.
Non-competitive training skills include: new employee orientation / MS Office / basic customer service / time management.
Click here for further information: https://www.cccs.edu/partnering-for-success/training-funds/cfei-customized-job-training-fact-sheet/
Click on the links in the supporting documents section below to download the following documents:
Colorado First and Existing Industry Application Information
- CFEI Grant Application Calendar, FY2018
- Colorado First Policies and Procedures, FY2018
- Existing Industry Policies and Procedures, FY2018
- OEDIT Company Financial Information Form, FY2018
There will be two rounds of funding for both Colorado First and Existing Industry grants in FY2018:
Applications Due: July 14, 2017,
Training Completed: December 15, 2017,
Final Reports Due: January 12, 2018
Applications Due: December 1, 2017
Training Completed: May 31, 2018
Final Reports Due: June 15, 2018
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Yvonne Gilstrap, CFEI Program Manager
Colorado Community College System
9101 E Lowry Blvd
Denver CO 80230-6011