With the passage of HB22-1350 (now called Opportunity Now Colorado), Colorado legislators and Governor Polis created the Regional Talent Development Initiative to fund new and proven programs that connect Coloradans to in-demand, high-skill, high-wage occupations.
Transformation requires a collective approach. Opportunity Now seeks innovative and collaborative projects to accelerate Colorado’s workforce.
Prepare Colorado’s workforce for today’s and tomorrow’s economy. Opportunity Now seeks innovative talent development programs and models to support Colorado’s diverse economy and today’s workforce needs.
Connect the efforts of employers and education & training providers to create new talent pathways. Opportunity Now builds education-employment partnerships to create opportunities for Coloradans to gain and apply new skills at work.
Create more opportunities for Coloradans to grow their skills, attain credentials, and earn more. Opportunity Now supports Coloradans in earning a living wage in in-demand, high-skill, and high-wage occupations.
Up to $50k
10 – 15 grants awarded up to $50k
Apply for a Planning grant to support the initial development of a workforce model, and use funds as an onramp to additional funding and continued programming
10 – 20 grants awarded
Apply for a Seed grant to launch an innovative model and/or new approach to addressing Colorado’s workforce and talent challenges that yields significantly better outcomes for Coloradans
$25MM – $30MM total
5 -10 grants awarded
Apply for a Scale grant to expand on existing partnerships and workforce development programs that have demonstrated outcomes in job placement, career advancement, and wage gains for Coloradans