Provided through the Colorado State Office of Economic Development
The Skill Advance Colorado Grants are a State funded program whose mission is to provide customized job training programs to grow a skilled workforce in Colorado. The program will increase transferable job skills that support both the company's economic competitiveness by re-training its workers in new skills, while enhancing the workers' resumes and long-term employment opportunities.
There are two sides of the Skill Advance Colorado Program:
Colorado First Customized Job Training Program
Colorado First is intended to support companies locating to or expanding in Colorado. It will provide funding to train net new positions. The grant may provide:
- Instructor's wages
- Curriculum Development
- The purchase of consumable training supplies
Colorado Existing Industry Job Training Program
This program provides assistance to established Colorado businesses to train their existing workforce in order to:
- Remain competitive
- Adapt to new technology
- Prevent layoffs
All grant applications for both programs must meet the following criteria:
- The Colorado FIRST and Existing Industry applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting in July through March.
- Maximum grant award of $1650.00 per employee for the Colorado First grant and $1400.00 per employee for the Existing Industry grant.
- Trainees must sign an attendance roster to certify their participation in grant funded training.
- All grant-funded training must be customized to meet the company's specific needs.
- Grant funded training must be for permanent, full-time, non-seasonal, non-retail positions in the state of Colorado, which have significant career opportunities and require substantive instruction.
- Training must be completed by Mid-May.
- Applicant companies must pay for a minimum of 40% of the total training costs. That can include in-kind, such as employee wages, while attending training.
- Grants will only be awarded to companies that meet a sustainable wage threshold: in urban counties, employers must pay an average wage of at least $16.00/hour; average wages in rural counties must be at least $13.00/hour.
- An on-site visit of the applicant company may be required upon completion of an awarded grant, in most cases.
- A financial evaluation of the applicant company is required for Existing Industry only.
- Colorado First applications may be submitted every year.
- Existing Industry applications every other year. FY23 Policies and Procedures
For more information contact Amanda Corum, 719-549-3163, or Amanda.Corum@pueblocc.edu.