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.
New FAQs Now Available
A new FAQs document, covering common questions regarding the Community Revitalization, Workforce Training, and Tourism programs, is now available here.
Workforce Training Grant Program - $30M
Funds will be used to train and upskill under and unemployed workers and expand customized recruitment assistance to employers. The application cycle for the Workforce Training Grant closed October 29, 2022. Awards were announced January 24, 2023.
State awards $30 million in ARPA funding to help companies find and train workers
The Department of Economic Development (DED) announced the award of $30 million through the ARPA Workforce Training Grant Program. The program, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), is focused on helping companies address workforce shortages by recruiting and training thousands of Missourians.
To view the Workforce Training Grant Program’s Grant Summary, click here.
To view the Workforce Training Grant Program’s final guidelines, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
To view the Workforce Training Grant Program’s Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
Sample Application and Questions
To view the Workforce Training Grant Program’s Sample Application and Questions, click here.
Applications for this program were submitted using the MO DED ARPA Federal Initiatives Submission Manager.
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: 8/30/2022
Application close date: 10/29/2022
Award date: January 24, 2023
- 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 match of at least 25%.
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.
October 12, 2022 - Workforce Training Grant Program Virtual Town Hall