Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 2, 2018
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
On the Web: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/news/
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$8 million in funding available, application deadline is September 5, 2018
MADISON – Today, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced that the grant application period for Governor Walker's Commute to Careers program has opened with $8 million in funding available. The goal of the grant opportunity is to establish affordable, self-sustaining, and flexible transportation programs that can grow and adapt to meet the needs of the employees and employers which it serves. Potential projects that may be funded through this grant include:
Similar models that achieve the objective of connecting low-income workers to quality employment opportunities may also be funded.
"Transportation remains a significant barrier to employment for some workers, and this issue is not unique to Wisconsin," DWD Secretary Ray Allen said. "However, through the innovative Commute to Careers program, we are providing a solution that will open the door of economic opportunity for more workers, as well as help employers meet their demand for skilled talent. I encourage all eligible entities, private-sector business, non-profits and other community-based groups, to take advantage of this program to help connect your local talent with employment opportunities."
The $8 million includes $5 million through DWD's Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) Program and $3 million for Vehicle Grants through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Details include:
Applicants can apply for one or both grants, provided they meet the application requirements. All grants require a 20 percent match.
"Governor Walker’s Commute to Careers program will change the lives of individuals throughout the state gaining the ability to have transportation opportunities to get to and from employment,” WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross said. “I look forward to the partnerships across the state that will enable our job seekers."
All applications and materials must be submitted via email to WisconsinFastForward@dwd.wisconsin.gov.
More information, including additional grant requirements, can be accessed at WisconsinFastForward.com