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Workforce Opportunity Grant

Grants to Louisiana Nonprofit IHEs in Eligible
Locations for Workforce Development Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Rapides Foundation and Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA)

Deadline Date:

09/26/20 5:00 PM CT


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Grants to Louisiana nonprofit higher education institutions in eligible locations to form industry and business partnerships resulting in increased high-wage job opportunities. Funding will support workforce development and skills training activities that contribute to the economic well-being of The Rapides Foundation's nine-parish service area (Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn parishes).

The Workforce Opportunity Grant provides an opportunity to fund new educational training or certification support to qualified candidates for immediate high-wage job opportunities in The Rapides Foundation’s nine-parish service area.

Applicants are encouraged to build strong partnerships between employers, industry groups, and the workforce system to design and deliver courses through accelerated learning strategies, redesigned curricula, distance learning, work-based training, and innovative uses of technology to enhance learning activities.

Eligible projects must:

  • Increase the production capacity of business or industry partners.
  • Increase skills and knowledge of potential employees or existing employees that will require higher wages.
  • Address an immediate workforce demand.
  • Offer trainings that do not exist in the region.

Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate the following:

  • Trainings that imbed nationally recognized industry-based credentials into their curriculum.
  • Trainings for job opportunities with base wages over $18/hr

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160685

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $75,000

Term of Contract:

12 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible grant recipients include accredited, nonprofit, postsecondary institutions. Trainings must benefit businesses and employees located within The Rapides Foundation's nine-parish service area (Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn parishes).

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis. This Request for Proposals will be available for multiple funding cycles.
- Next Full Proposal deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020, no later than 5:00 p.m. CT
- Notification of Selection: May 29, 2020
- Grant Start Date: July 1, 2020

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Prospective applicants are encouraged to schedule a call or a meeting with the Economic Development Initiative Program Officer to discuss alignment and feasibility of their proposal before submitting a proposal. Contact Matt LaBorde, Program Officer, to request a meeting.

Contact Information:

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


For questions related to this funding opportunity:
Matthew LaBorde, Program Officer
The Rapides Foundation
Direct: 318-767-3003

For assistance with submitting the online proposal:
Brooke Morrow, Programs Assistant
The Rapides Foundation
Direct: 318-767-3013

The Rapides Foundation
1101 4th Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, LA 71301
Phone: 318-443-3394
Fax: 318-443-8312
Toll Free: 800-994-3394

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana: Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn Parishes

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