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The Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is reminding rural nonprofits that focus on the workforce that there is a new round of grant funding available via HB21-1264 to eligible entities through a competitive application process. But the application deadline is coming up: all applications are due by March 28, 2022.

This round of reskilling, upskilling, and next-skilling grants will support rural organizations in facilitating training for unemployed and underemployed Coloradans to earn industry-recognized credentials.  The funding has been provided as part of the economic stimulus package authorized by Governor Jared Polis on June 23, 2021. It seeks to improve outcomes for learners and workers, including underserved populations, by promoting partnerships and helping to prepare Coloradans for well-paying, quality jobs of the future.

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) are eligible for this grant opportunity. Multiple grants will be awarded, with a maximum individual award amount of $225,000.

Application Instructions:

  • Visit the CWDC technical assistance portal to apply for the grant.
  • First-time visitors to the technical assistance portal will be prompted to create a login.
  • Use a work email address as your username and create a unique password.
  • Once logged on to the home page of the technical assistance portal, click ‘apply’ if you are interested in applying for the grant.

Those wishing to review grant documents before submitting an application, please visit the Vendor Self Service at If you do not have a login, click on the public access tab on the bottom left of the screen. In the keyword search field at the top of the screen, type in 2022000264 and hit enter. When the document comes up, click on the Details tab under the title. Then click on the attachments tab. All documents relating to the grant application are listed and can be viewed.

Those with questions about the application process should contact