Workforce Grants

HIRED Grants

Higher Industry Readiness through Educational Development

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 (ADHE) and the Arkansas Department of Commerce (ACOM) announce a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) designed to invest in strategic workforce training focus areas aligned with the Arkansas Workforce Strategy with up to $88M of total funds available through ADHE Workforce Initiative grant funding and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.



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