The Community Partner Program Back to Work grant requires Grantees to prioritize workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and provide participants wraparound and financial support to access and complete their credential or degree within the grant term. The Colorado Recovery Plan, Developing Our Workforce, expands COSI's displaced worker grant, which was quickly deployed in Spring 2020.
This grant supports 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by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those laid off or furloughed, experienced decreased earnings, had job offers rescinded, or could not enter the workforce because of adverse economic conditions. These workers have an incentive to reskill, upskill, or complete industry-recognized credentials to improve economic prospects for themselves and their communities. Upon signature of the Governor for SB21-232, a total of $15 million became available for this award cycle. This includes funding to expand 2020 displaced workers grant programs and to build and scale high-impact programs. Funding supports a specific number of completions over the term and will phase out upon completing the supplemental funding.
This project supports the short-term COVID-19 relief efforts and informs COSI's longer-term strategy around adults. COSI is particularly interested in which interventions, service models, and critical components of services have the most significant potential to improve enrollment, persistence, and completion outcomes for adults. Grantees must align with the Colorado Commission for Higher Education (CCHE) strategic plan goals and the Colorado Department of Higher Education's (CDHE) Affordability Roadmap. Specifically, this grant seeks to contribute to erasing equity gaps between the current attainment level for a demographic group (Hispanic (29%), African American (39%), and Native American (29%)) and the statewide 66% attainment goal. In addition, participants must enroll and complete a certification or degree program that aligns with Colorado Top Jobs. Grantees will support participants enrolling in CO higher education institutions and ensuring persistence and credential or degree completion within the grant term.
- 2020 Awards
In spring of 2020 the COSI Board approved the use of funds to support workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Six higher education institutions were awarded funds to provide participants wraparound supports and scholarships to access and complete their credential or degree within the grant term. In 2021, the Colorado Recovery Plan, Developing Our Workforce, and SB21-232 expanded the program and provided an opportunity to increase funding for the Grantee's to increase participants, financial and wraparound program support, and extend the grant term.
- Arapahoe Community College $850,000
- Colorado Mesa University Foundation $850,000
- Colorado Mountain College Foundation $850,000
- Community College of Aurora $850,000
- Community College of Denver $850,000
- Metropolitan State University of Denver $850,000
- 2021 Awards
The Colorado Recovery Plan, Developing Our Workforce, expands COSI's displaced worker grant, which was quickly deployed in Spring 2020. Upon signature of the Governor for SB21-232, a total of $15 million will be available for this award cycle. This includes funding to expand 2020 displaced workers grant programs and to build and scale high-impact programs. Funding supports a specific number of completions over the term and will phase out upon completing the supplemental funding.
Student and Financial Support Awards
- Adams State University $850,000
- Colorado State University Pueblo $850,000
- Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance $850,000
- Emily Griffith Foundation $850,000
- Empowering Communities Globally $425,000
- Front Range Community College $850,000
- Lamar Community College Foundation $425,000
- Pickens Technical College $850,000
- Pikes Peak Community College Foundation $850,000
- Pikes Peak United Way $425,000
- Pueblo Community College $850,000
- University of Colorado Boulder $850,000
- University of Northern Colorado $850,000
- Western Colorado University $250,000
- Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges
- Pikes Peak United Way
- Pueblo Community College
Pursuant to federal reporting requirements the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) must report quarterly grant spending to the Department of Personnel and Administration throughout the grant term. To provide accurate and timely reports Grantees must submit quarterly spending reports detailing the total amount of grant funds expended each quarter. The Grantee must use this form to submit the quarterly spending reports to CDHE each grant year following the schedule as outlined here:
- October 5 - to include spending from July 1 – September 30
- January 5 - to include spending from October 1 – December 31
- April 5 - to include spending from January 1 – March 31
- July 5 - to include spending from April 1 – June 30
Grantee must submit a performance report to CDHE following COSI’s reporting schedule as outlined here:
- August 1, 2022 - to include all terms between summer 2021 to spring 2022
- August 1, 2023 - to include all terms between summer 2022 to spring 2023
- August 1, 2024 - to include all terms between summer 2023 to spring 2024
Annual reports templates will be available in March of each grant year.
- Point of Contact
The COSI team has grown! The expanded team allows for more individualized support for grantees. Please direct your questions to your assigned COSI POC.
Cynthia Armendariz Carla Castillo Jacquie Granados Kolby Knupp Mariana DelMonte-Gladstone Michael McArthur Emily Griffith Foundation Colorado Mesa University Arapahoe Community College Empowering Communities Globally Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance Adams State University Pickens Technical College Colorado Mountain College Community College of Aurora Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges Western Colorado University Colorado State University Pueblo Community College of Denver Front Range Community College Lamar Community College Foundation Metropolitan State University of Denver University of Northern Colorado Pikes Peak Community College Foundation University of Colorado Boulder Pikes Peak United Way Pueblo Community College