This program opens June 15th, 2021
In response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Commerce received $1,000,000 in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to provide grant support for workforce training programs for displaced workers seeking to develop the technical skills necessary to make a career change and remain gainfully employed in North Dakota. The ND Technical Skills Training grant program aims to offset the cost for program providers in their effort to support and retrain workers to fill available jobs within the state in accelerated, skills-based and hands-on programing. The Technical Skills Training grant was further recognized by the 2021 67th Legislative Assembly to continue to assist North Dakota’s communities with workforce needs.
The Technical Skills Training grant is designed to support eligible training providers in their efforts to design rapid, non-degree re-skilling programs, expand capacity in existing programs, and/or move training to virtual platforms in order to train displaced workers who will be re-entering the job market and those wishing to make a career change.
New and existing programs that are underway and began after March 1, 2020 may qualify for this grant in order to increase capacity and offset operation and participation expenses. The CRF requires that payments be used only to cover costs that were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020.
Eligible applicants include North Dakota colleges and universities (for non-degree programs), business, non-profit organizations, and/or trades organizations/associations in North Dakota. Internal training programs for incumbent workers are not eligible for this grant.
Funds awarded under this grant must be expended by December 30,2021.
Applications open on June 15, 2020 and will remain open until funds have been allocated.
For more information on how to apply, please review the program guidelines.
Questions regarding the Technical Skills Training Grant may be sent to Melyssa Diebold, Workforce Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.