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City Accepting Applications for Workforce Programs That Connect Individuals to Living Wage Jobs

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The Department of Commerce’s Workforce Development Division is pleased to announce the release of a Call For Ideas (CFI).

The CFI seeks proposals that identify and accelerate innovative, evidence-informed approaches to supporting un- and under-employed Philadelphians prepare for and connect to sustainable career pathways that pay a living wage.

Project proposals must clearly identify how funding will be used to address workforce challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or exacerbated by long-standing racial injustice. Applicants must describe how they will intentionally identify, elevate, and address the specific challenges Black, brown, and other historically disadvantaged Philadelphia residents face when preparing for and entering the workforce.

Up to a total of $1 million will be awarded to between two (2) and five (5) project proposals. Awards will range in size from $200,000 to $600,000 and proposed budgets will be reviewed carefully to ensure costs align to program design and projected impact.

Additional information and proposal materials can be found here.

The Department of Commerce will host an Information Session on October 6th at 11 am via Zoom. To register for the Information Session and/or submit questions, please email

The deadline to submit an intent to apply is October 15, 2020 by 3 pm.

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