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

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and For-Profits
for New-Hire and Specialized Job Training

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Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)

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Grants to Colorado nonprofits and businesses, or those moving to the State, to train new workers. Funding is intended to reimburse costs associated with job training. Eligible programs increase employees' transferable job skills and long-term employment opportunities and enhance the competitiveness of participating employers.

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. By reimbursing costs associated with job training, the programs increase transferable job skills that support business competitiveness and enhance workers’ resumes and long-term employment opportunities.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 145008

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fiscal Year 2021 incentive levels – per learner maximum funding across each training plan:
- CF – $1,400
- EI – $1,200

Training funds requests are capped at $150,000.00 per application; total training funds are capped at $200,000.00 per grantee per fiscal year.

Term of Contract:

Training must be completed by May 21, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Requirements and eligibility rules:
- All grant-funded training must be for full-time (32 hours/week), non-seasonal, non-retail employees who have significant career opportunities, require substantive instruction, and are eligible to work in the U.S.
- All training must be short-term and customized to the business’s specific needs.
- Grantees must pay an average wage of at least $13.50/hour in urban counties and at least minimum wage in rural counties.
- Learners must sign an affidavit to certify their participation in grant-funded training.
- Training must be customized to specific business needs and related to substantive resume-building and transferable skills.
- For-profit business and non-governmental 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply.
- Grant-funded activities may not begin until the grant application has been approved by State program administrators.
- An on-site company visit may be conducted by Skill Advance Colorado program administrators.

Existing Industry grant applications will be considered every other year (i.e., EI funds awarded FY 2021, not eligible to apply in FY2022, eligible to apply FY2023).

Disallowed training includes company orientation, personality assessments, strategic planning, project planning, and non-customized training available at local colleges, workforce centers, and public service providers. Consulting services and federally or state-mandated training (e.g. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) / Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) are not eligible for grant funding.

Pre-Application Information:

- State application submission period: August 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
- Grant notification: Approximately three weeks after submission of a complete application
- Training completion deadline: May 21, 2021
- 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.

All draft grant applications must be submitted to the appropriate Skill Advance Colorado community college representative a minimum of 2 weeks (10 working days) prior to submission to the State.

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

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

Program Overview:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply for a job training grant, please contact your local CFEI college grant representative.
College CFEI Representatives:

All grant applications must be signed, scanned, and e-mailed to:
Kendra Rodriguez, Skill Advance Program Director, CCCS:
Tina Sauceda, Skill Advance Colorado Assistant Program Manager, CCCS:
Ken Jensen, Deputy Director, BFI, OEDIT:

Existing Industry Financial Information Submission Form must be emailed only to:
Ken Jensen, Deputy Director, BFI, OEDIT:

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

Phone: 303-620-4000

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