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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


Real Jobs RI

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Real Jobs RI Solicitation for Implementation Grant Proposals has been released.

Real Jobs RI is a state and federally funded, competitive workforce and economic development grant program. It is designed to ensure that Rhode Island employers have the talent they need to compete and grow while providing targeted education and skills training to Rhode Island workers and job seekers.

Real Jobs RI grows business-led partnerships that build workforce solutions to address their unique workforce challenges.

Solutions can include:

  • Placing new employees into immediate job openings;
  • Upskilling current employees to advance skills and/or remain competitive;
  • Helping business owners and entrepreneurs advance their ventures; and
  • Creating pipelines of talent for the future.

Real Jobs RI is a win/win because companies get the talent they need to compete globally and grow locally, and Rhode Islanders get opportunities to thrive in a flourishing economy.

A virtual pre-proposal conference will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Interested parties must register in advance by emailing All Conference-related materials will be made available online for those who cannot attend.

Responses to the RFP are due no later than Friday, November 13, 2020 by 4:00pm.

Real Pathways RI

The Governor’s Workforce Board is issuing this Solicitation for Implementation Grant Proposals for qualified organizations to form strategic workforce development partnerships that will collaboratively work with the State of Rhode Island and other entities to meet the unique needs of populations with barriers to employment, while also meeting the workforce needs of Rhode Island employers.  Clients are expected to obtain employment and increase their career readiness/employability.

A virtual pre-proposal conference was held on Monday, June 29, 2020, at 1:00 pm. EST. The Question and Answer period has now closed.

Responses to the RFP are due no later than Monday, August 3, 2020, by 4:00 pm.

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