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

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Grants to Colorado businesses and nonprofit organizations for workforce development initiatives. 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 145008

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fiscal Year 2022 incentive levels – per learner maximum funding (averaged across each training plan): CF – $1,400, EI – $1,200.

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 20, 2022

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.

Disallowed training includes company orientation, personality assessments, strategic planning, project planning, foundational/beginning/basic Microsoft Office Suite software, 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

Pre-Application Information:

- State application submission period: July 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022
- Training completion deadline: May 20, 2022
- 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:

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 Skill Advance Colorado community college representative:

For more information: Kendra Rodriguez, Skill Advance Program Director, Colorado Community College System at

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

Phone: 303-620-4000

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