A new funding opportunity to reduce language barriers in the workplace extended its application deadline to allow for more applicants.
The Iowa Language Learners Job Training Program will provide $5 million in grants to fund employer programs supporting improved communication and language instruction in the workplace. The program is part of Future Ready Iowa.
Applicants must be employers or groups of employers with at least 25 full-time employees who are either expanding or creating a language program.
The funding opportunity will support employer programs helping employees improve English language proficiency in relation to work-related duties, policies, or procedures. By supporting language skills, the grant also seeks to assist with overall recruitment and retention efforts by Iowa employers.
Applications can be submitted beginning Dec. 14, 2022. The deadline for new applications has been extended to Jan. 13, 2023. Additional information on the grant, including application documents and FAQs, can be found by visiting this link.
A webinar will also take place on Dec. 20 to provide more information on how to apply and host a Q&A session. Interested employers can sign up to participate by visiting this link.