One Stop ARPA Resources - Workforce


Skilling Up Our Workforce

Governor Parson is committed to helping skill up our workforce and preparing the next generations for the demands of the future. We will continue to invest in key industries impacted by the pandemic as we make a strong recovery. For Missouri, ARPA represents a historic opportunity to make statewide investments in our future workforce and higher education system.

Workforce Training Grant Program - $30M

Funds would be used to train and upskill under and unemployed workers and expand customized recruitment assistance to employers.

Workforce Training Grant Program Guidelines

The Department of Economic Development (DED) requested public feedback on a proposed Workforce Training Grant Program, funded via the State of Missouri’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This $30 million Program is intended to provide training for individuals and companies that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Note:  You will need to complete your application for this program using the MO DED ARPA Federal Initiatives Submission Manager.

Grant Summary
Program Description

The Workforce Training Grant Program helps companies address the broad workforce disruption stemming from the pandemic through grants funding projects to recruit and train individuals who are seeking to move to a job that provides better opportunity for economic advancement.


Total allocation: $30,000,000

Application launch date: August 30, 2022

Application close date: October 29, 2022

Award date: December 2022


Eligible entities:

Missouri company(ies) seeking to recruit and train new or existing employees who are eligible beneficiaries Entities located in Missouri and working in coordination with a Missouri company(ies) including:

  • Missouri Public Local Education Agencies
  • Industry Associations
  • Local Economic Development Organizations
  • Local Workforce Development Boards
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Nonprofit Organizations

This is a competitive grant program. The maximum grant award will be $4,000,000 per applicant. The minimum grant award will be $50,000 per project. Local cost match is not required; however prioritization will be given to projects for which the applicant is including a private funding match of at least 25%.

Funding Structure

The Department may hold multiple funding rounds from July 2022 through June 2024 to ensure all available funds have been obligated prior to the ARPA funding deadline. Updates will be announced on the Department of Economic Development webpage.


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