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Employer Innovation Fund awards $400,000 to 13 across Iowa

The first 13 recipients of Future Ready Iowa’s new Employer Innovation Fund have been announced.

The Employer Innovation Fund is a matching grant designed to help employers carry out solutions to help their employees achieve postsecondary training and education. The purpose of the grant is to provide opportunities for working Iowans to earn non-credit and for-credit postsecondary credentials leading to high-demand jobs in the state.

The first round of Employer Innovation Fund Grants will distribute over $400,000 in funds to employers all across the state.

Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine– This program will provide an intensive 6 week upskilling in the high-demand fields of welding and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and participants will receive welding or CNA certificates. The project will target adults in low-income families of elementary-aged children receiving weekend “backpack” food subsidies in Muscatine. 

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