Back To Work - Apply to be a Provider

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The Colorado Recovery Plan, Developing Our Workforce, expands COSI’s grant opportunities to support Coloradans displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those laid off or furloughed, experienced decreased earnings, had job offers rescinded, or could not enter the workforce because of adverse economic conditions. With the passage of SB 21 -232, we are excited to announce a total of $15 million in grant funds to support this program.

Back to Work Overview

What are the grant details?
This grant is part of our Community Partner Program. It will include funding for grantees to provide participants with wraparound and financial support to access and complete their credentials or degree within the grant term.  The funds will support a three-year grant term to begin in the fall of 2021 and continue through June 30, 2024. Providers will be asked to focus on 225 student completions.  Non-profit organizations - 501(c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) -, state agencies and community partnerships are invited to apply.
 

What will the award package include?
The award package will include support with outreach and recruitment, funds to hire or modify an existing position to provide programming/services, and financial support for program participants. Also included are funds to support infrastructure and build-out programs aligned with future jobs and programs highly impacted by the pandemic and unemployment.

Who is eligible to participate?
To be eligible to participate in the program, individuals must have been displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The participant must meet the COSI pell-eligibility requirement of 0-250% and is a new, re-engaged, or currently enrolled student. The participant must enroll at a Colorado public institution of higher education and complete a credential or degree in one of Colorado’s Top Jobs, prioritizing health care, education, information technology, and jobs with the most significant projected annual opportunities.

 

To view the full program criteria and details, please review the Request for Proposal document.

Request for Proposals

 

Application Materials

The application window will be short, and COSI encourages applicants to familiarize themselves with the requirements, process, and application as early as possible.

  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Attend the informational webinar; see the timeline for dates.
  • Please do not contact individual staff; instead, please review the application and attend the informational webinar and weekly application support opportunities for information and questions. See the Application Support section for dates.
  • This RFP provides an Application Preview to help prepare the application before submitting it online. 
  • Applications are accepted via the COSI application portal.
    • You can complete the application portal registration at any time. Click here for detailed portal registration instructions.
    • If the organization has a SurveyMonkey Apply account, please use that account to apply.
    • Access to the application portal will be available on Thursday, July 8, 2021.

 

Application Materials

Timeline

Date

Item

June 22, 2021

RFP release

July 7, 2021, at 11 am

Informational webinar – Zoom link

The webinar will be recorded and posted here by July 8, 2021.

July 8, 2021, at 8 am

The application portal is open. 

August 1, 2021 end of day

Applications due

Week of August 23, 2021

COSI Advisory Board votes on awardees

August 27, 2021

Notification of awards

September 17, 2021

Fully executed agreement and finalized year one statement of work and program budget

Application Support

The COSI team will host an informational webinar and three application support sessions. 

Please take time to review the full request for proposal and prepare your questions for the webinar and support sessions.  All meeting slides and recordings will be posted here

 

Date

Item

July 7, 2021, at 11 am

Informational webinar – Zoom link

The webinar will be recorded and posted here by July 8, 2021.

July 13, 2021, at 9 am

Application Support - Zoom link

Staff will be available to answer questions and provide support in completing the application.

July 20, 2021, at 3 pm

Application Support - Zoom link

Staff will be available to answer questions and provide support in completing the application.

July 27, 2021, at 1 pm

Application Support - Zoom Link

Staff will be available to answer questions and provide support in completing the application.