The WDI CFA process has been streamlined and simplified in order to respond to the pressing needs of our post-pandemic workforce and business community. This single-phase approval process is redesigned to quickly assess whether the project supports regional objectives identified by the REDC and to identify the appropriate funding options.
In recognition of the varied workforce development challenges faced across the state, a range of projects will be eligible for funding under the Workforce Development Initiative. Particular focus for this round of funding will be on supporting strategic regional efforts that meet businesses’ near-term workforce needs, address long-term industry needs, enhance flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, improve regional talent pipelines, and expand apprenticeships.
Projects that support regionally significant industries in emerging fields with growing demands for jobs, including those in clean energy, life sciences, computer science, and advanced technologies or that support efforts to improve the economic security of women, young workers, and other populations that face significant barriers to career advancement are a particular focus of the Workforce Development Initiative. All projects and activities must be consistent with the region’s workforce development plans.
Examples of potential uses of funds include:
Successful applicants will have a clearly articulated proposal that addresses a workforce problem faced by the region and a comprehensive implementation strategy. REDCs will review all applications to determine:
At the same time, applications for funding will be evaluated by potential funding agencies based on some or all the following criteria: