The Golden LEAF Opportunities for Work (GLOW) initiative is intended to provide funding to address the urgent workforce issues facing North Carolina. Because North Carolina is experiencing full employment and employers are having difficulty filling positions through traditional workforce development strategies, it is necessary to develop creative strategies to expand the pool of workers available for employment.
North Carolina is currently experiencing low unemployment rates simultaneously with significant job growth. Individually, these indicators paint a positive picture of the current economic environment. Together, however, they present a challenge as business and industry seek to grow the workforce from a limited supply of available workers. It is projected that by 2030 67% of jobs will require a post-secondary degree or credential. On its current trajectory, post-secondary educational attainment will only reach 54%. As such, increasing the number of people in the workforce, especially for jobs requiring a post-secondary degree or credential, is necessary for North Carolina’s economic vitality.
To help address these challenges, Golden LEAF has implemented this special workforce development initiative.
Competitive proposals will demonstrate that the proposed project:
For more details about GLOW, see this link to frequently asked questions.
Golden LEAF expects to award up to a total of $5 million in grants through GLOW. Individual projects may receive grants of up to $500,000. Grant amounts in this program are expected to range between $250,000 and $500,000. Golden LEAF anticipates awarding grants for this program in June 2020. Grant terms should be no longer than 36 months.
Golden LEAF funds may be used for programmatic/ training costs, student supportive services, outreach, and other direct costs essential for program success. Grant funds may not be used for acquisition of interests in real property or for grant administration.
IMPORTANT: If you submit an application by using the online application form, you should receive an electronic response indicating that the application has been received. If you do not, please contact Golden LEAF immediately by telephone at 888-684-8404. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
For more information, send an email to GLOWinfo@goldenleaf.org.
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