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

Now Accepting Proposals

 EC Works is seeking proposals from employers looking for resources to support training for 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. 

EC Works will consider proposals that include a request of a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $25,000. The total amount available is $75,000.

​Full details, including the deadlines for applications, included in the RFP.


Recipients for Program Year 2018 (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019):

Medline ReNewal

Cascade Comprehensive Care​

"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." - Cascade Comprehensive Care, Inc.

Grace BioLabs

​​"We are so grateful for the support from East Cascades Works! The application instructions and process was straight-forward, and the funding will allow us to  expand the manufacturing, continuous improvement, and troubleshooting skill sets of our employees while also expanding our manufacturing capability." - Grace BioLabs

Deschutes Brewery

"Deschutes Brewery’s Bend Pub is thrilled that EC Works has chosen us to give a matching grant for our kitchen-training program.  We opened our doors back in 1988, and are humble, yet proud of our role as an innovator and leader in craft beer and scratch kitchen inspired cuisine.  Finding experienced cooks is challenging in today’s tight labor market.  This grant will allow us to better train and develop our current kitchen team for roles as line cooks in our fast-paced kitchen, while allowing flexibility to backfill entry-level positions such as dishwashers and prep cooks. Thanks EC Works!" – Deschutes Brewery

Hage Electric

"The East Cascades WORKS Employer Training Fund Program was a great benefit for our company in seeking the training we needed in a very distinct and specialized field of study, that we may not have had an opportunity for otherwise. This was a great asset to our company and the training we received will benefit us greatly in expanding our business capabilities" - Hage Electric 


Redmond Proficiency Academy


EC Works is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers and do not discriminate in its hiring, employment, contracting, or business practices.  EC Works is committed to complying with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) and do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs, services, or activities.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to persons with disabilities. For telecommunications relay, services are available by dialing 711 from any telephone or mobile device.