Arkansas Workforce Initiative Grants (Regional Workforce)

The Workforce Initiative Act of 2015 (A.C.A. § 6-60-107) established a grant program to evaluate and address Arkansas’ workforce training needs and provide dedicated funding for state and regional industry-sector driven partnerships and data-driven education and workforce training programs. Preparing and encouraging Arkansans to pursue high-demand jobs is essential to building a skilled and employment-ready workforce. Programs offering short-term career and technical training for skill attainment and industry-recognized credentials and those producing academic credit credentials are critical to Arkansas’ economic development.

The Arkansas Division of Higher Education and the Arkansas Department of Commerce anticipate releasing a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) in late June of 2024 for workforce development funding that includes Arkansas Workforce Initiative grant funding, previously referred to as Regional Workforce Grants, as well as American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds (pending Arkansas Legislative Council approval). 


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