Deadline for submissions is Monday, May 8

TO: Sector Strategies Outreach Contacts, Sector Strategies Learning Network Module 4 Attendees, and Infrastructure Employer List

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has announced a competitive Request for Proposals to support the development of new, or the enhancement of existing, employer-led collaboratives throughout the state.

An employer-led collaborative is a group of businesses coming together to solve a common or shared workforce problem. Employer-led collaboratives bring together employers, education and training institutions, workforce development organizations and other applicable partners such as economic development organizations and government, to create solutions to fill identified talent gaps.

$4.7 million in grant awards are available to organizations through the Sector Strategies Employer-Led Collaborative initiative. LEO anticipates funding 10-20 awardees with one-time grants ranging from $150,000 to $500,000.

Request for Proposal submissions are due by Monday, May 8, 2023, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Awards will be announced June 23, 2023.

Successful applicants should focus on priority occupations that support the federal government’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  Priority will be given to occupations in the fields of:

  • construction and extraction
  • installation, maintenance and repair
  • production
  • transportation and material moving.

Proposals from other key industries in Michigan with a focus on agri-business; energy; healthcare; information technology; manufacturing (outside of Automobile and mobility); and outdoor recreation/hospitality are also eligible to apply.

Potential grant applicants can learn more about this RFP opportunity by visiting

To assist applicants in completing their proposal submissions, an informational webinar will be held on Friday, April 14, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. Potential grant applicants can register to attend the webinar.

You can also learn more about this RFP opportunity by viewing the FAQ’s document.

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