High Road Training Partnerships: Resilient Workforce Program (RWP)
The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB), in partnership with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), is pleased to announce the High Road -Training Partnership’s Resilient Workforce Program (RWP).
The objectives of the High Road Training Partnership (HRTP) initiative are to:
- Increase access to existing high-road jobs for underserved populations.
- Create pathways for job growth for incumbents already employed with a high-road employer.
In alignment with these objectives, the HRTP RWP will fund training partnerships with high-road employers to directly increase the number of skilled workers from underserved populations in high-quality jobs in priority sectors.
Potential applicants are encouraged to review the full Request for Application prior to applying for HRTP RWP funds.
Application Process & Application Guide
Applicants may apply for the HRTP RWP by submitting a complete application package via Cal-E-Grants.
The HRTP RWP application can be found on Cal-E-Grants under the Funding Opportunities link (in the upper left corner) or the CWDB link (in the middle of the webpage).
Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the HRTP RWP Application Guide before submitting an application. The Application Guide includes detailed instructions for completing an online application.
HRTP Application Webinars
The CWDB will host a live webinar once per quarter where prospective applicants can ask CWDB staff questions about the application process. Webinar attendees are strongly encouraged to review the RFA and Application Guide attending the webinar.
To view the previously recorded session, click the HRTP RWP Live Session Q&A – January 24, 2023.
|Application||Applications must be submitted via Cal-E-Grants. Applications will be accepted for one month per quarter.
Due to the volume of HRTP applications received to date and limited available funding, the HRTP RWP application cycles planned for October 2023 and January 2024 are cancelled. The HRTP grant program will re-open for applications in Spring 2024 in anticipation of new funding in the Fiscal Year 2024-25 budget. Additional information detailing funding priorities for future HRTP application cycles will be released in early 2024. Please continue to check this webpage for updates in the coming months.
Applications for subsequent cycles will open on the first business day of each quarter and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the specified due date of the following month.
|Award Announcement||Awards will be announced on a quarterly basis.|
|Contract Processing||4-6 months*|
|Grant Term||Up to three years from the contract start date, depending on the project type. Refer to the HRTP RWP RFA for more information about project types.|
The CWDB reserves the right to change dates listed on the Cal-E-Grants website without or with prior notification after the application submission deadline.
Funding Source Information
High Road Training Partnerships are supported by the CWDB in coordination with the LWDA and various annual state fund allocations.
The 2022-23 Budget Year includes the following funding sources:
- $19 Million: To support the Low Carbon Economy Grant Program. Funds are available for encumbrance or expenditure until June 30, 2025, and liquidation of encumbrances until June 30, 2027.
- $14.25 Million: For the development of the Oil and Gas Well Capping Pilot initiative in Kern and Los Angeles Counties. Funds may be used by state apprenticeship programs to develop curricula for training apprentices and to upskill journeypersons on well-capping projects. Funds are available for encumbrance or expenditure until June 30, 2025, and liquidation of encumbrances until June 30, 2027.
High Road Training Partnerships for Healthcare
The HRTP Resilient Workforce Program includes dedicated funds for proposals that address workforce shortages in the healthcare sector. These funds are intended to support high road partnerships that prepare workers for quality jobs with a specific focus on allied health occupations. Priority consideration will be given to proposals that increase access to employment for underserved populations in the allied health professions and create pathways into higher skilled and paid healthcare positions for entry-level incumbent workers. Applicants should demonstrate both labor market demand in their region for the proposed allied health occupation(s), and how the proposed project adheres to high road principles and practices.
Below are links to resources to assist grantees as they develop their healthcare HRTP proposals:
- HRTP Healthcare Overview
- LMID data set
- Webinar recordings
Creating a Cal-E-Grants Account
To access the HRTP RWP application, applicants must have a Cal-E-Grants account. Take the following steps to create a new Cal E-Grants account:
- Navigate to Cal-E-Grants.
- Select New User Register.
- Enter the required information by clicking on the Log In button on the Cal-E-Grants website.
- Select Sign Up and create your account.
If a Cal-E-Grants account already exists for the organization, (verify under Already have an account?) the primary account holder may add a new user. Refer to Manage Users for more information.
Once logged in, select the Apply button in the right-hand corner of the page to begin filling out the application.
Weekly Questions & Answers (Q&A)
All questions about the HRTP RWP program will be addressed weekly in a Q&A document during periods in which the application is open, and monthly during periods in which the application is closed. The Q&A document will be posted on this web page beginning Friday, July 14, 2023.
For questions to be included in the weekly posting, they must be received each Tuesday by 3:00 PM (PST). Questions received after 3:00 PM on Tuesday will be included in the following week’s Q&A.
The last Q&A posting for this period will be Tuesday, August 8, and questions must be received by Wednesday, August 2, at 3:00 PM to receive an answer. Questions submitted after the deadline will not be included in the Q&A.
Please email questions to Solicitations@cwdb.ca.gov and include HRTP RWP Question in the subject line.
NOTE: The Q&A will be posted monthly when the application period is closed. Questions received after the August deadline will be addressed in the September Q&A posting.
Cal E-Grants Resources
- CA Community Colleges Econ & Workforce Development
- California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
- Employment Development Department
- California Department of Industrial Relations
- California Department of Education
- State Personnel Board
- EDD/Labor Market Information Division
- EDD Policy & Guidance
- California Employment Training Panel
- Workforce Investment Works
- California Department of Rehabilitation