Continuing & Community Education

Colorado First & Existing Industry
Customized Training Grant Opportunity

Colorado First & Existing Industry (CFEI) grants are provided through the Colorado State Office of Economic Development. The CFEI is a State-funded program whose mission is to provide customized job training programs to companies that are locating or expanding in Colorado. The program will increase transferable job skills that support both the company’s economic competitiveness by re-training its workers in new skills, while enhancing the workers’ resumes and long-term employment opportunities.

Colorado First Customized Job Training Program

Colorado First is intended for new hires. The grant may provide:

  • Instructor’s wages
  • Curriculum Development
  • The purchase of consumable training supplies

Colorado Existing Industry Job Training Program

This program provides assistance to established Colorado businesses in order to:

  • Remain competitive
  • Adapt to new technology
  • Prevent layoffs/li>

All grant applications for both programs must meet the following criteria:

  • The Colorado First and Existing Industry deadlines for applications are mid-July for the fall round and early December for the spring round. Generally there are two rounds of application.
  • Maximum grant award of $1200 per employee for the Colorado First grant and $1000 per employee for the Existing Industry grant.
  • Trainees must sign an affidavit to certify their participation in grant funded training.
  • All grant-funded training must be customized to meet the company’s specific needs.
  • Grant funded training must be for permanent, full-time, non-seasonal, non-retail positions in the state of Colorado, which have significant career opportunities and require substantive instruction. Non-profit organizations are not eligible for this grant.
  • Training must be completed by November 30th for the fall round and May 31st for the spring round and final reports must be received by December 9th and June 15th respectively.
  • Applicant companies must pay for a minimum of 40% of the total training costs.
  • Grants will only be awarded to companies that meet a sustainable wage threshold. In urban areas employers must pay an average wage of at least $12/hour, average wages in rural areas must be at least $9/hour.
  • An on-site visit of the applicant company is required upon completion of an awarded grant, in most cases.
  • A financial evaluation of the applicant company is required (Existing Industry only).
  • Colorado First applications may be submitted every year.
  • Existing Industry applications every third year (ie. Funds received FY 14- of FY 15 & FT 16 – may apply for FY 17)

For more information, contact Donna Haddow at Trinidad State Junior College (719) 846-5724 or via email.