Talent Ready Utah Grant FY18

Grant Title: Talent Ready Utah Grant FY18
Funding Source: Job Growth Fund
Maximum Award Amount: $200,000
Expected Number of Awards: N/A
Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,125,000
Application Deadline: April 28, 2017, 5:00 p.m. MST/td>
Program Start Date: July 1, 2017
Program End Date: June 30, 2018
Contact Information: dws_ucap@utah.gov


Talent Ready Utah grants have been designed to strengthen collaboration between education, industry, and economic development in order to better respond to the needs of regional and statewide-designated clusters. Talent Ready Utah has been a successful model for collaboration in cluster industries and has demonstrated success in developing new educational programs supporting industry growth.

The overarching goals for projects funded are to: 1) increase the number of individuals who earn industry-recognized credentials that enable them to compete for employment in high-wage, in-demand, and emerging industries and occupations; 2) develop career pathways with multiple entry and exit points for students along the post-secondary education continuum; and, 3) create systemic change that will last beyond the grant period by establishing partnerships, agreements, processes, and programs that better connect education, training, workforce, and employers to meet industry needs within the regional economy. High-growth industries and occupations are defined as those that: 1) are projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs to the economy; 2) are being transformed by technology and innovation requiring new skill sets for workers; 3) are new and emerging businesses that are projected to grow; or 4) have a significant impact on the economy overall or on the growth of other industries and occupations.

Eligibility Requirements

This Grant will provide funding to:

  • Public post-secondary educational institutions to develop, implement, or enhance educational programs responsive to regional and statewide industry needs.
  • Industry Trade Associations located in Utah serving a state-designated industry cluster or regional economic need.
  • Public school districts, individual schools, or charter schools to develop, implement, or enhance career pathway programs and connect them to post-secondary institutions. Funding may also be used to develop, implement, or enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs or STEM activities in the classroom. This may include Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and Work-Based Learning (WBL) activities.
  • Consortiums Expanding or Developing Career Pathways into High-Growth, High-Wage and STEM Industries.


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