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The success of the Rhode Island workforce development system depends on a network of diverse and talented partner programs. We use our Strategic Plan as a guide to help us identify and support innovative, industry-driven partnerships through several grants. The following page identifies workforce/network partnership grants and resources for existing partnerships. If you are interested in becoming a network partner, proposal opportunities will be posted to this page as they become available.


Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island
Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston


GWB invests in strategic partnerships with workforce/network partners with the goal of investing in responsive, innovative, and impactful workforce development programming and to expand capacity of the most successful opportunities. Partnerships are established and funded through grants awarded by the GWB. Information on such opportunities will be listed here as they become available.

NOTE: If you are an employer looking for hiring or employee training, please visit our Employer page  for related opportunities.

This program is not soliciting for new partners. The most recent solicitation closed 6/30/2017. More information on the program can be viewed here

    A list of current Awardees can be viewed here

In November 2017, additional awards were provided to partners to address adult education waiting lists. A list of those Awardees can be viewed here. A program report for May 2019 can be viewed here.

The purpose of this Solicitation is to incubate an experienced entity or partnership of entities as a centralized statewide intermediary to support the expansion of K-12 career readiness activities, including paid internships, other work-based learning opportunities, and career exploration activities.  The intermediary will implement and scale out a high-quality internship program for high school students and will serve as a centralized coordinating body for the state to scale out career readiness activities in an efficient, demand-driven, and consistent way that meets employers’ needs and is also aligned with the work of K-12 schools.  The intermediary will act as a connector between employers and schools and/or other youth-serving organizations to place students in work-based learning and other career readiness activities.

Applications are due on February 8, 2018, and a pre-proposal conference will be scheduled for Friday, January 19th, 1:30-3:00pm at the Department of Labor and Training in Room 73-1.  Potential applicants are highly encouraged to attend and RSVP to

Interested applicants can view the Grant Solicitation here

View the Pre-Proposal Conference slides here

View the Grant Solicitation FAQs here

The purpose of this Grant Solicitation is for qualified organizations to form strategic partnerships to develop and implement high-quality paid work-based learning experiences and college and career readiness programming for youth in Summer 2019 and academic year 2019-20. The goal of the Real Skills for Youth program is to prepare youth for success in college and career through meaningful career exposure and exploration of potential career paths and their on-ramps, skill-building with an emphasis on essential and professional skills, and supported work-based learning experiences that allow participants to apply learning in a real-world setting. The Real Skills for Youth program, started in 2018, builds off the long-standing Summer Youth Employment program to enhance and scale work-based learning opportunities for youth, and more tightly connect work-based learning to year-round career readiness programming, by supporting partnerships among schools, youth-serving organizations, industry, and others.

A list of 2019-2020 Awardees can be viewed here.

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