Request for Proposals: Employer Training Funds (Incumbent Worker Training Grant)

EC Works has $55,000 in remaining funds available to support employers in providing training to their current workforce, in the East Cascades workforce area. EC Works will fund proposals that present an opportunity for employers to build and maintain a quality workforce and increase the competitiveness of both employees and their business(es), while creating new employment opportunities.

EC Works pays particular attention to training that provides incumbent workers an opportunity for advancement and wage gains within their company, as well as those that create opportunities to backfill positions with new employees. Employers are encouraged to partner with their local WorkSource center in identifying potential candidates for backfill opportunities. 

Funding for this opportunity is provided through the US Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and made possible through a grant from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. EC Works will consider proposals that include a request of a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $25,000. This grant opportunity requires a 1:1 employer funding match.

 The RFP will be open and competitive until June 30, 2019 or until all funding is exhausted. Proposals will be reviewed and awarded on a bi-monthly basis and will follow the scheduled outlined below.  Multiple proposals from the same company or consortia of companies will be considered, as long as each proposal addresses a training need in a different sub-region. Employers can only be awarded once during the procurement cycle (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019). 

Deadlines to Submit a Proposal:

February 15, 2019 by noon Pacific - CLOSED

April 19, 2019 by noon Pacific - CLOSED

​June 15, 2019 by noon Pacific

By clicking on the buttons below, you will find the Full Request for Proposals, a presentation prepared to help you navigate and apply for this opportunity, the Application Form and the Q & A. 

All questions and inquiries regarding this RFP must be submitted to


Award Announcement

Medline ReNewal & Cascade Comprehensive Care were both awarded funding to support their training initiatives in the first submission round. 

"We are thrilled to be a recipient of the East Cascades WORKS’ Employer Training Fund grant. The application process was remarkably comprehensive and easily understood. East Cascades WORKS core support has enabled us to continue increasing our systematic process and stimulated our planning course for high quality healthcare services." - Michael Donarski, Cascade Comprehensive Care, Inc.