Applications will open February 22, 2022, for the second round of Workforce Innovation Grants of up to $10 million to local and regional projects that will help meet the state’s next-generation workforce needs, Governor Tony Evers announced today.

The Workforce Innovation Grant Program provides a total of $100 million to communities to develop groundbreaking, long-term solutions so businesses can find workers, workers can connect to jobs, and Wisconsin can thrive, Governor Evers said. In December, Governor Evers announced the first round of 12 Workforce Innovation Grant recipients, who will receive up to a total of $59.5 million.

“Wisconsinites are hardworking by nature — it’s in our DNA — so, with record-low unemployment and the lowest number of people unemployed in state history, we’re working to find creative, sustainable solutions to the most pressing workforce challenges facing our state,” he said. “In the first round, this program provided critical funds to expand access to childcare for working families, increase opportunities for job training and reskilling, and foster entrepreneurship in communities. I look forward to awarding grants in this second round to projects that continue to tear down barriers to employment for workers across our state.”

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