APPLETON – Outagamie County is now accepting grant funding requests for the creation of one or more Workforce Development Programs to benefit Outagamie County residents and employers.

Outagamie County’s Board of Supervisors voted last year to invest $1,000,000 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars into Economic/Tourism/Workforce Development. The County has since established a Workforce Development Grant opportunity to invest these funds.

Through the Workforce Development Grant Program, Outagamie County is specifically interested in activating untapped talent pools including but not limited to residents who are new to the area (e.g., legal migrants and immigrants), honorably discharged and retired military personnel, rehabilitated individuals with prior justice system involvement, recent graduates, retirees and individuals with health conditions or impairments.

The County believes this program has the potential to help meet our employer’s existing and emerging workforce and skill needs while helping untapped talent pools enter quality jobs and advance along their chosen career path.

Private businesses, institutes of higher-education, workforce development boards, labor unions and non-profit organizations are invited and eligible to apply for funding through this program. Applicants are eligible to apply for funding to design, extend, improve, expand, and/or implement a workforce development program. Funding requests must be between $100,000 – $1,000,000.

Applications are due on September 15, 2023. For more information, please visit

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