Workforce Training Initiative

Quality job training opportunities are not universally available throughout Missouri.  To address the gaps, the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) is making available a combination of grants and contribution tax credits through the State Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) and the Youth Opportunity Program (YOP).

The DED Division of Business and Community Solutions is accepting proposals for financial assistance to support capital improvements, equipment, program supplies and training materials directly in support of successful job training programs that will increase access to underserved areas and persons of low and moderate income (LMI.)  Applicants may seek capital improvement funds, programming funds, or both.

Job training is defined in this program as a method of skill development and is different from the types of learning typically delivered to students seeking high school diplomas or college degrees and certificates.  Job training focuses primarily on the practical application of work-related skills rather than theoretical concepts.  While there may be some classroom learning, the focus of this type of training is specific to a current job or job opportunity.  It should be based on data that the project targets growth occupations.  The training under this program will teach specific tasks and may provide a competency certification versus teaching general concepts. 

The funding for the initiative comes from a combination of grants and contribution tax credits through the State Community Development Block Grant Program, the Neighborhood Assistance Program and the Youth Opportunity Program. Organizations may use the funds for capital improvements, equipment, program supplies and training materials that support job training programs.

Funds are one-time and are not designed to support ongoing operation costs.

Deadline: September 30, 2019 by 5:00 PM

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible applicants for funding include:

  • CDBG applicants must be local governments.However a local government may apply on behalf of a Missouri non-profit, public high school, community college, public technical college, or public university.
  • NAP applicants must be Missouri non-profits.
  • YOP applicants may be Missouri non-profits, public high school, community college, public technical college, or public university.
    • Applicants must serve at-risk youth ages 21 and under.

Projects may not include activities that are part of the normal school curriculum. Eligible capital improvement costs may include acquisition, new building construction, rehabilitation of existing properties, and related soft costs such as: appraisal; closing costs; engineering and architectural costs; inspections; and permitting.  “Programming” funding such as fixed equipment costs (simulators, welders, etc.) may also be eligible.  Program supplies, textbooks and training materials, and access to supportive services such as transportation costs may also be eligible.

Direct stipends paid to students, tuition reimbursement, ongoing operating costs and the costs of traditional education curricula are not eligible.

Download the RFP Requirements

Initiative Contacts:

For CDBG and general initiative questions, contact Denise Derks at denise.derks@ded.mo.gov.

For NAP, YOP, and general initiative questions, contact Kim Baughman at kimberly.baughman@ded.mo.gov.