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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 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.

HRTP RWP Request for Applications (RFA)

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 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.

HRTP RWP Live Session Q&A – January 24, 2023

The Live Help Session for the April-May 2023 cycle will take place on April 11, 2023, from 1:00–2:30 p.m. To register for the webinar, click here.

Grant Timeline

ApplicationApplications must be submitted via Cal-E-Grants. Applications will be accepted for one month per quarter.

Applications for the April - May 2023 cycle must be received by Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. PST.

Applications for subsequent cycles will open on the first business day of each quarter (JUL, OCT) and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the specified due date of the following month.
Application ReviewThe application review period will be approximately three (3) to five (5) weeks.
Award AnnouncementAwards will be announced on a quarterly basis.
Grant TermUp 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 notification after the application submission deadline.

Funding Source Information

High Road Training Partnerships are supported by the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) in coordination with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency with various annual state fund allocations.

The 2022-23 Budget Year includes:

  • $19 Million: For support of 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 developing 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 in the allied health professions for underserved populations and create pathways into higher skilled and paid healthcare positions for entry-level incumbent workers. Applicants should demonstrate labor market demand in their region for the proposed allied health occupation(s), as well as 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:

  1. HRTP Healthcare Overview
  2. LMID data set
  3. Webinar recordings
    1. Best Practices in Allied Healthcare Training
    2. How to Apply for HRTP Funding
    3. Current Healthcare Workforce Market Trends and Analysis

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:

  1. Navigate to Cal-E-Grants.
  2. Select Log In in the top right hand corner of the page.
  3. Click on the Sign Up button and create account.
  4. Select Sign Up and then check email to receive username and instructions to log in.

If a Cal-E-Grants account exists for the organization (check 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 your application.

Weekly Questions & Answers (Q&A)

HRTP RWP Q&A (May 2023)

HRTP RWP Q&A (April 28, 2023)

HRTP RWP Q&A (March 2023)

All questions about the HRTP RWP program will be addressed in a Q&A document every week during periods in which the application is open and monthly during periods in which the application is closed. The FAQ document will be posted on this web page beginning Friday, April 21.

Questions must be received each Tuesday by 3:00 PM (PST) to be included in that Friday’s weekly posting. 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, May 2, and questions must be received by Thursday, April 27, at 3:00 PM to receive an answer. Questions submitted after the deadline will not be included or answered 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 (MAY, JUN, AUG, SEPT, NOV, DEC) when the application period is closed. Questions received after the April deadline will be addressed in the May Q&A posting.


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