The Alabama Community College System

Workforce Grant Opportunities

The Alabama Community College System is providing grant opportunities to support Alabama community colleges to develop innovative, creative, and regionally customized workforce development projects.

The Alabama Community College System

Why Workforce Development?

In terms of life success, workforce careers truly provide the whole package. Workforce employers across the nation currently offer the highest salaries and benefits on average of any industry. There is incredible opportunity to grow within these organizations and climb the pay scale. And what is most exciting, the education to acquire the necessary skills for workforce careers come at a fraction of the cost and time required in most traditional post-secondary education.

“For companies like Airbus …. It’s important to realize that community colleges and technical schools can offer the skills and certifications necessary to start a job that can last a lifetime…”

Daryl Taylor, Vice President & General Manager,

Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility

“The future of manufacturing in Alabama and the U.S. is strong! …. Alabama has to continually grow its workforce to feed the growing number of local suppliers and OEMs now headquartered in the state.”

Jason Hoff, President & CEO

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

“As a steel manufacturer in the US …. Certifications give us the assurance that a potential employee possesses a basic skill set and a commitment to learning”

Mark Bush, General Manager Mobile Operations/Head of Southern Business Unit

SSAB

The deadline to apply for workforce grant initiatives was June 4 at 5pm.

The Alabama Community College System

Workforce Development Competitive Funds 

Purpose: Workforce Development Competitive Funds are purposed to support innovative, creative, and regionally customized workforce development projects. Awards under this initiative will support strategic regional efforts that meet businesses’ short-term workforce needs, address long-term industry needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, and expand work-based learning opportunities. The focus should be on regionally significant industries in emerging fields with growing demands for jobs Funds will also support workforce development proposals purposed to improve the economic security of individuals within a special population that face significant barriers to career advancement.  

Funding sources supporting this initiative include the following:

Special Populations

The Special Populations funds go toward grant proposals that support workforce development training for special populations such as individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged families, those preparing for nontraditional training and employment, single parents, single pregnant women, displaced homemakers, those with barriers to educational achievement, incarcerated or on parole, first generation college students, and/or individuals who need education or training for employment entry and/or advancement.

Industry Certification Initiative

Industry Certification Initiative funds support a system of workforce development that is responsive to the current and future needs of individuals and businesses by providing a wide range of services to help both job seekers and employers reach their potential.  

Grant requests can include equipment and/or training that support high wage and/or high demand occupations.   

Workforce Development Competitive Funds

Eligibility Requirements: 

N

Must be a community college within the Alabama Community College System

N

Funding Requests must be less than $500,000.

N

Grant proposals must be targeted to serve individuals within the college’s service area.

N
N

Funds are not intended to support capital infrastructure projects unless it is directly tied to the college’s ability to deliver critical workforce development training.

Workforce Development Competitive Funds

How to Apply: 

REVIEW

Review the supporting Workforce Development Competitive Funds Guidelines HereAlso, you can review the Score Sheet that will be used to review your grant Here.

Complete

After reviewing the grant guidelines and score sheet, complete the Grant Application Working Document, the Project Budget Summary, and the Itemized Equipment List, which can be found Here. 

Collect

Collect any backup quotes for equipment or services that supports your project budget and ensure they are saved as a pdf. 

Prepare

Prepare any support letters from business and community stakeholders and save them in PDF form.  NOTE:  For each grant application, the college must submit a letter of support from their college president for the specific grant which they are submitting.  The letter of support must reference the title/description of the grant proposal. 

Submit Grant Application

Once the Grant Application Working Document has been completed and all supporting quotes, project budget information, itemized equipment list, and support letters have been compiled, then click Submit Your Application below. 

For more information about this grant opportunity, contact Tara Brown, Grants Manager at [email protected]. 

The Alabama Community College System

Existing Industry Training Program (EITP)

Purpose: The Existing Industry Training Program is a partnership with the Regional Workforce Development Councils of Alabama designed to provide assistance to Alabama employers for expenses associated with skills upgrade training of their existing, full-time company employees. All applicants must provide evidence of leveraged funds. Each business location applying must show matching dollar-for-dollar leveraged/contributions for the funds requested.

Examples of past training programs funded by the EITP include:

  • Leadership Training for Operators and Mid-level Managers  
  • Executive Leadership Training 
  • Customized Process and Equipment Training 
  • Front-Line Customer Service 
  • Medication Aide Certification 
  • Healthcare Certification Training 
  • Operations Management 
  • Industrial Technical Training 

    Existing Industry Training Program (EITP) 

    Eligibility Requirements: 

    N

    Must be a community college within the Alabama Community College System

    N

    Funding Requests must be $15,000 or less

    N

    Grant proposals must be targeted to serve individuals within the college’s service area.

    Existing Industry Training Program (EITP) 

    How to Apply: 

    REVIEW

    Review the supporting Existing Industry Training Program Grant Guidelines HereAlso, you can review the Score Sheet that will be used to review your grant Here.

    Complete

    After reviewing the grant guidelines and score sheet, complete the Grant Application Working Document and the EITP Project Budget, which can be found Here.

    COLLECT

    Collect Business Authentication, Fiscal Agent Authentication, and Training Provider Authentication from authorized persons using the Signature Page found Here. 

    Prepare

    Prepare any support letters from business and community stakeholders and save them in PDF form.  NOTE:  For each grant application, the college must submit a letter of support from their college president for the specific grant which they are submitting.  The letter of support must reference the title/description of the grant proposal. 

    Submit Grant Application

    Once all project budget information, Signature Page, and support letters have been compiled, then click Submit Your Application below. 

    For more information about this grant opportunity, contact Tara Brown, Grants Manager at [email protected]. 

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    Dual Enrollment Scholarship Program  

    Purpose: The Dual Enrollment Scholarship program provides students an opportunity to receive both high school and college credit for certain career technical education courses taken through an ACCS institution while enrolled in high school. Dual enrollment students seeking scholarship funds must be a rising 10th, 11th, or 12th grade student as defined by each secondary education entity’s promotion/retention policy and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Exceptions may be granted per program through ACCS waiver requests.

    Dual Enrollment Scholarship Program  

    Eligibility Requirements: 

    N

    Must be a community college within the Alabama Community College System

    N

    Priority will be given to proposals that address specific and current training needs and prepare individuals to enter employment and/or advancement in high-wage, high demand occupations.

    Dual Enrollment Scholarship Program  

    How to Apply: 

    Access

    Review the supporting Dual Enrollment Scholarship Program Grant Guidelines Here.

    Complete

    After reviewing the grant guidelines, complete the Grant Application Working Document and the Dual Enrollment Project Budget which can be found Here.

    Collect

    Collect new or updated Dual Enrollment for Dual Credit agreements with each participating high school and any out-of-service area agreements that are in place. 

    Prepare

    Prepare a spreadsheet of high school partners.  NOTE:  For each grant application, the college must submit a letter of support from their college president for the specific grant which they are submitting.  The letter of support must reference the title/description of the grant proposal. 

    Submit Grant Application

    Once the Grant Application Working Document has been completed and all Dual Enrollment for Dual Credit agreements, project budget information, spreadsheet of high school partners, out-of-service area agreements, and support letters have been compiled, then click Submit Your Application below. 

    For more information about this grant opportunity, contact Tara Brown, Grants Manager at [email protected]. 

    The Alabama Community College System

    Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Grant  

    Purpose: The STEAM grant is purposed to support creative and innovative ideas related to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, that support and align with the regional workforce development council strategies, priorities, and targeted occupations.

    Examples of past grants funded under the STEAM initiative include:

    • Apple Coding Camp for Middle Schoolers 
    • Women in Welding training  
    • Workforce Readiness: Career Education for Educators 
    • Summer Welding and Electrical Technology Camp for girls 

      Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Grant

      Eligibility Requirements: 

      N

      Must be a community college within the Alabama Community College System

      Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Grant  

      How to Apply: 

      Review

      Review the supporting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Grant Guidelines Here

      Complete

      After reviewing the grant guidelines, complete the Grant Application Working Document, the Project Budget Summary, and the Itemized Equipment List (if applicable), which can be found Here. 

      Collect

      Collect any backup quotes for equipment or services that supports your project budget and ensure they are saved as a pdf. 

      Prepare

      Prepare any support letters from business and community stakeholders and save them in PDF form.  NOTE:  For each grant application, the college must submit a letter of support from their college president for the specific grant which they are submitting.  The letter of support must reference the title/description of the grant proposal. 

      Submit Grant Application

      Once the Grant Application Working Document has been completed and all supporting quotes, project budget information, and support letters have been compiled, then click Submit Your Application below. 

      For more information about this grant opportunity, contact Tara Brown, Grants Manager at [email protected]. 

      The Alabama Community College System

      Career Technical Education Equipment Grant  

      Purpose: The Career Technical Education Equipment Grant is purposed to support equipment costs for Career & Technical Education programs that prepare students for careers in high priority occupations and/or industry sectors. Priority will be given to colleges needing to replace outdated equipment, equipment for new career technical education programs, and equipment to outfit new facilities. Other considerations will include response to high priority needs of business and industry, the workforce development priorities of the region in which the equipment is being requested, and the utilization of equipment from past workforce development grant awards.

      Career Technical Education Equipment Grant  

      Eligibility Requirements: 

      N

      Must be a community college within the Alabama Community College System

      Career Technical Education Equipment Grant  

      How to Apply: 

      Review

      Review the supporting Career Technical Education Equipment Grant Guidelines HereAlso, you can review the Rubric that will be used to review your grant Here.

      Complete

      After reviewing the grant guidelines and rubric, complete the Grant Application Working Document, and the Itemized Equipment List, which can be found Here. 

      Collect

      Collect any backup quotes for equipment or services that supports your project budget and ensure they are saved as a pdf. 

      Prepare

      Prepare any support letters from business and community stakeholders and save them in PDF form.  NOTE:  For each grant application, the college must submit a letter of support from their college president for the specific grant which they are submitting.  The letter of support must reference the title/description of the grant proposal. 

      Submit Grant Application

      Once the Grant Application Working Document has been completed and all supporting quotes, project budget information, itemized equipment list, and support letters have been compiled, then click Submit Your Application below. 

      For more information about this grant opportunity, contact Tara Brown, Grants Manager at [email protected]. 

      The Alabama Community College System

      Career Readiness Initiative Grant  

      Purpose: The Career Readiness Initiative provides workplace essential (soft) skills and a career pathway for adults with limited education and employment experience. The Career Readiness Initiative provides trainees the entry level skills required for employment with most business and industry.

      Career Readiness Initiative Grant

      Eligibility Requirements: 

      N

      Must be a community college within the Alabama Community College System

      Career Readiness Initiative Grant

      How to Apply: 

      Review

      Review the supporting Career Readiness Initiative Grant Guidelines Here

      Complete

      After reviewing the grant guidelines, complete the Grant Application Working Document and the Career Readiness Project Budget, which can be found Here. 

      Collect

      Collect any backup quotes for equipment or services that supports your project budget and ensure they are saved as a pdf. 

      Prepare

      Prepare any support letters from business and community stakeholders and save them in PDF form.  NOTE:  For each grant application, the college must submit a letter of support from their college president for the specific grant which they are submitting.  The letter of support must reference the title/description of the grant proposal. 

      Submit Grant Application

      Once the Grant Application Working Document has been completed and all supporting quotes, project budget information, and support letters have been compiled, then click Submit Your Application below. 

      For more information about this grant opportunity, contact Tara Brown, Grants Manager at [email protected]. 

      The Alabama Community College System

      Success Coach Initiative Grant  

      Purpose: The Success Coach Initiative is focused on significantly increasing the number of underserved students who enter and remain in postsecondary education by providing college and career planning services to those who have the most need.  

      Success Coach Initiative Grant  

      Eligibility Requirements: 

      N

      Must be a community college within the Alabama Community College System

      N

      Grant proposals must be targeted toward students who are identified as unlikely to pursue post secondary education.

      Success Coach Initiative Grant  

      How to Apply: 

      Review

      Review the supporting Success Coach Initiative Grant Guidelines Here

      Complete

      After reviewing the grant guidelines, complete the Grant Application Working Document and the Project Budget, which can be found Here. 

      Collect

      Collect any backup quotes for equipment or services that supports your project budget and ensure they are saved as a pdf. 

      Prepare

      Prepare a spreadsheet of schools and organizations to be served by the Success Coach and save them in PDF form.  NOTE:  For each grant application, the college must submit a letter of support from their college president for the specific grant which they are submitting.  The letter of support must reference the title/description of the grant proposal. 

      Submit Grant Application

      Once the Grant Application Working Document has been completed and project budget information, spreadsheet of schools and organizations to be served, and support letters have been compiled, then click Submit Your Application below. 

      For more information about this grant opportunity, contact Tara Brown, Grants Manager at [email protected]. 

      The Alabama Community College System

      Licensed Practical Nursing Program Grant 

      Purpose: The Licensed Practical Nursing Grant is purposed to assist with enhancing existing or creating new stand-alone LPN programs.

      Licensed Practical Nursing Program Grant 

      Eligibility Requirements: 

      N

      Must be a community college within the Alabama Community College System

      N

      Grant proposals must be targeted to serve individuals within the college’s service area.

      Licensed Practical Nursing Program Grant 

      How to Apply: 

      REVIEW

      Review the supporting Licensed Practical Nursing Programs Grant Guidelines HereAlso, you can review the Score Sheet that will be used to review your grant Here.

      Complete

      After reviewing the grant guidelines and score sheet, complete the Grant Application Working Document, the Project Budget Summary, and the Itemized Equipment List, which can be found Here.

      Collect

      Collect any backup quotes for equipment or services that supports your project budget and ensure they are saved as a pdf. 

      PREPARE

      Prepare any support letters from business and community stakeholders and save them in PDF form.  NOTE:  For each grant application, the college must submit a letter of support from their college president for the specific grant which they are submitting.  The letter of support must reference the title/description of the grant proposal. 

      SUBMIT GRANT APPLICATION

      Once the Grant Application Working Document has been completed and all supporting quotes, project budget information, itemized equipment list, and support letters have been compiled, then click Submit Your Application below. 

       For more information about this grant opportunity, contact Dr. Bryant Cline, Director of Health Programs at bryant.cline@accs.edu. 

      Questions? Contact Us.

      Barry May

      Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development

      (O) 334-293-4707

      (C)  334-590-6390

      [email protected]

      Tara Brown

      Workforce Grants Manager

      334-293-4702

      [email protected]

      Elizabeth Strickland

      Workforce Coordinator

      334-293-4521

      [email protected]