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Budgeting & Funding

What funds are needed to develop and deliver a collaborative adult career pathway (ACP) program? What are various federal, state and local sources of funds for ACP programming? How do I budget for course design and other aspects of a new ACP program? What are some success stories of other ABE programs in the U.S. in sustainable funding?

These tools and reference materials will help answer many of these questions and guide you in setting the foundation for best practices in adult career pathway programming.

Budgeting for ACP Course Development

ATLAS, 2017

The time requirements of developing new courses for an ACP program are often overlooked or underestimated when budgeting for adult career pathway initiatives. This 4-page document outlines the steps required to design a quality career pathway course, approaches to time estimation for the project, and guidelines for including course design in ACP grant proposals. Several state funding sources are also listed.


Career Pathways Toolkit: Element Four - Identify Funding Needs and Sources

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, 2017

Element Four of the Toolkit provides useful guidance and tools to identify the costs associated with career pathway system and program development and operations; identify sources of funding available from partner agencies and related public and private resources and secure funding; and develop long-term sustainability plans with state or local partners. See esp. Component 4.2 for a very useful Funding Options worksheet. (18 pages.)


Funding Career Pathways

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Washington D.C., 2016

This resource is a federal funding toolkit for state and local/regional career pathway partnerships. It is designed to help identify and use federal resources to support career pathways for adults and youth. The toolkit aims to help partnerships understand key components and tasks involved in developing, implementing, and maintaining career pathway programs; and identify how federal resources can support these key components and tasks. (62 pages.)


Minnesota Employment & Training Flowchart

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

This flowchart summarizes basic federal, state and local funding streams and administrative authority related to employment and training.


MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) - Competitive Grants

Postings include all outgoing grants and open-ended services. Each solicitation includes a brief description of work and a link to its Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Application (RFA). See especially Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grants.

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