New grant program will fund innovative post-pandemic workforce solutions
28 Jul 2021
In the latest of a series of initiatives designed to help Wisconsin’s economy rebound from the pandemic, WEDC is joining forces with the Wisconsin Department of Administration and Department of Workforce Development for a new program that will distribute $100 million in grant funds to help businesses find workers and workers connect to better, higher-quality and more family-sustaining jobs.
The Workforce Innovation Grant Program will offer grants of up to $10 million each for at least 10 local and regional collaborations that submit proposals representing innovative thinking and data-driven planning, and that leverage existing infrastructure to connect the dots for post-pandemic workforce solutions.
Grant funds could be used to meet local workforce needs resulting from or exacerbated by the pandemic, such as child care, transit, worker attraction and retention, or housing, and may be used to support initiatives like training, planning, marketing or developing pilot programs that can be applied in other communities.