Workforce Programs

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Workforce Partner Support Grants

The City of Charlotte has released $2.5 Million in CARES Act Funding for Workforce Partner Support Grants. Due to the increase in Charlotte’s unemployment rate caused by COVID-19, resources are needed to increase capacity of our workforce development programs in our community in order to serve a larger population of residents seeking career resources and job placement assistance. The Workforce Partner Support Grants will help fund initiatives related to these needs. This also allows the community to bring forward new ideas for consideration through an innovative workforce grant.

Grant Structure:

Funding will be available under three initiatives for eligible workforce development organizations. These funding initiatives include but are not limited to:

Operational Expenses to Expand or Pivot
  1. Fund operational expenses to expand workforce development offerings
  2. Purchase technology equipment, tools, or software to provide or enhance virtual services.
  3. Increase the capacity of staff to serve displaced workers through training and/or continuing education.
  4. Marketing related to the service adaptations (new program, service, mode of experience)
Increase Program Capacity
  1. Enhance the organization’s provision of direct services to youth and adults displaced or negatively impacted due to COVID-19 including but not limited to:
    1. Additional instructor fees and program administrative costs to expand number served
    2. Training scholarships for short term programs that lead to industry recognized credentials in high demand industries
    3. Paid work experience/paid internships
    4. On-the-job training (subsidize 50-75% of job seeker’s salary for up to 6 months)
  2. Provide supportive services for program participants and job seekers who are employed, searching for employment, and/or enrolled in a training that leads to industry recognized credential in high demand industry.
Workforce Innovation
  1. The creation of a nimble fund that allows investment in innovative ideas that advance educational and workforce development opportunities for Charlotte residents adversely impacted by COVID-19.
  2. Ability to bring public-private partnership opportunities for consideration


To be eligible for the program the applicant must be a Charlotte-based government, non-profit, academic, or for-profit organization that provides direct services in education and workforce development to residents of Charlotte.

Applicants must also demonstrate the following:
  • Located in the City of Charlotte (Headquarters or Local Office)
  • Documentation that the organization has been in operation for at least two years (i.e. annual reports or similar supporting documents)
  • List of current Board of Directors/Advisory Board: Name, Title, Year Appointed to Board
  • Most recently approved audited financials
  • Additional Financial Statements upon request

Please direct any questions to Emily Cantrell,


Priority Will Be Given To:

  • Organizations with proven results in education and workforce development programming
  • Organizations that provide the highest return on investment by impacting the most residents in our city.
  • Providers that provide:
    • Adequate scope of work
    • Itemized budget for execution
    • Timeline for execution
    • Project accountability outcomes
  • The overall impact to the organization due to this public health crisis
  • The perceived community benefit of the organization’s intended use of the funds including how many individuals would be served through enhanced direct services, the sustainability of any new technology solutions acquired, etc.

Additional Requirements:

  • Funds cannot be used for employee payroll expenses, or any expenses currently covered by any additional sources of COVIC-19 related financial assistance.
  • Funds must be completely expended by December 30, 2020
  • Grant recipients must meet data reporting requirements post award and agree to the City of Charlotte having access to applicable documents should an audit of the grant program occur.


  • September 4th: Launch application on Open for Business
  • September 18th: Application closes
  • October 2nd: Announce Grant recipients
  • If needed a second round of award application will be launched on October 2nd.

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