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Many rural Colorado businesses and individuals are still struggling after the negative impacts of COVID-19. The Workforce Resilience Program (WRP) is a statewide grant program to support rural individuals negatively affected by COVID-19 to recover their career growth, sustainability, profitability, and longevity. These one-time federal funds are intended to be a flexible and easy-to-access resource for rural Colorado. WRP is administered by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

Grant proposals will be accepted in calendar year 2024 and funds will be distributed until the program ends in 2026. Total grant amounts will range from $25,000-$75,000.

Grantee Eligibility

  • Eligible grant subrecipient applicants include for-profit businesses, 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(6)s, institutions of higher education, government, or tribal organizations
  • Eligible beneficiaries of grant-funded programs include individuals who are employed full-time, part-time, temporary, seasonally, gig workers and contract laborers, or jobseekers who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19
  • Rural counties are defined as having a population of less than 250,000. 

Allowed Costs

  • Professional development
  • Business or employee training program development and implementation, in partnership with community college if capacity exists OR independently of college
  • Third-party vendor (only in cases where community colleges don’t have capacity) 
  • In-state trainer travel costs (State fiscal rules apply; no out of state travel)
  • Work-based Learning or Career and Technical Education program development
  • Bootcamps (shortened period of extended learning)
  • Training costs directly incurred by business or individual
  • Consumable and miscellaneous training-related items
  • Technology upgrades
  • Equipment purchases
  • College trainer/instructor training
  • Grant data collection and analysis expenses


  • Grant activities may not be initiated prior to grant approval
  • One designee must be identified as the grant contact and act as the grant manager
  • End recipients of grant-funded services must be businesses or individuals negatively affected by COVID-19
  • Grant funds must be used for the creation or expansion of programs and costs cannot be used to supplant other organizational budget allotted to existing programs
  • Grant funds must be used for a unique project that is not currently funded by another source, or a portion of a project that can be assigned specifically to this award, where the unmet need does not exceed the total amount received from all fund sources
  • The intent of this program is to cover workforce costs; businesses and individuals may not be charged training costs or fees to participate in programs developed with these funds
  • The program administration team reserves the right to approve equal to or less than is requested
  • Grant activities must end, funds must be used, and final report submitted by June 30, 2026. Grant closeout period will run from July 1-September 30, 2026.
  • If partnered with a community college, no administration fee can be included
  • Revision options: Grant may be revised a single time; written revision request must be submitted for approval. The revision must include a new application narrative, budget, and budget narrative that reflect the proposed change(s). Revision requests may not exceed the original approved grant amount. No grant activity related to the proposed changes may occur prior to the revision approval. A formative project implementation schedule may be approved by the Workforce Resilience Program administration team prior to grant application submission.
  • Unallowed grant usages: 
  1. Equipment purchases over $5000 per item unless under special circumstances, Covering employee or intern wages unless under special circumstances
  2. Capital construction costs
  3. College administration fees
  4. CTE teacher training
  5. Nursing training (see CareForward and Career Advance Colorado grants)
  6. Grant funds must not be spent on any items deemed unallowable by Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200). These include: alcoholic beverages, bad debts, contingency provisions, contributions and donations, entertainment costs, fines, penalties, damages, or other settlements, fundraising and investment management costs, government fees, goods or services for personal use, idle facilities, lobbying, losses on other awards or contracts, organization costs, selling and marketing costs of anything beyond the program being funded, telecommunication costs
  • Any unused funds at the end of the grant performance period as stated in the grant must be returned to CCCS

Grantee Attestation Requirements

All grant beneficiaries are required to complete an “attestation” to meet federal State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) funding compliance. Attestations are legally binding, one of the options below must be selected and verified. Attestation language is as follows: "I attest that I have experienced an economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic or suffered another form of economic loss." such as:

  • lost or adverse changes in employment 
  • experienced unemployment or underemployment
  • increased food or housing insecurity
  • income at/below 300% of federal poverty guidance
  • income at/below 65% of local area median income
  • eligible for CHIPs (Children’s Health Insurance Program), CCDF (Childcare subsidies through Child Care and Development Fund), Medicaid, (HTF) National Housing Trust Fund for affordable housing programs, Home Investment Partnerships Program for affordable housing
  • Another relevant economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic