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NOTICE to FY2020 Colorado First and Existing Industry Grant Recipients:  Due to the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty we are all facing in navigating its effects, the CFEI/Skill Advance Colorado program is providing relief measures to support grant implementation challenges.  Measures include extending the grant period to implement previously approved FY 2020 training or to submit training revisions for approval and implementation – as well as closing out your FY 2020 grant and recapturing returned funds in FY 2021 approved grants. For details, please click here or contact your college representative.

SKILL ADVANCE COLORADO COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM:  In support of Colorado businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Skill Advance Colorado FY 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Response Program provides State training funds for employee re-skilling and upskilling training efforts through Colorado First and Existing Industry grants. Funding is prioritize for

  • critical/essential business front-line employee re-training or upskilling
  • workplace/employee safety
  • food manufacturing safety
  • workplace social distancing protocol
  • manufacturing of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • other COVID-19-related training on a case-by-case basis

For details, please contact your college representative.

Colorado First and Existing Industry Customized Job Training Grant Programs support Colorado’s workforce development by providing grants to existing companies as well as those locating or expanding in Colorado. By reimbursing costs associated with job training, the programs increase transferable job skills that both support the company’s competitiveness and enhance worker’s resumes and long-term employment opportunities.

Focusing on companies relocating to or expanding in Colorado, the Colorado First program assists with training funds for net new hires. The Existing Industry program focuses on providing assistance to established Colorado companies in order to remain competitive within their industry, adapt to new technology, and prevent layoffs.

Both programs are jointly administered by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and managed through participating colleges. Grants are contingent upon available funding.

The first step in the grant application process is to contact your local customized training community college representative for assistance.

College Representative Contact List

To learn more about the grants and eligibility, view the CFEI/Skill Advance Colorado Program Fact Sheet.


CFEI Grant Application Information


College Locations & Service Areas


For CFEI/Skill Advance Colorado College Representatives

Click here to view internal CFEI Program Information and Documents page.