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TAP Accelerator: Upskill-Backfill Grants



$2 million Upskill-Backfill Demonstration Projects

The Workforce Board has issued a Request for Proposals for organizations to apply for competitive grants to fund demonstration projects. Projects must align with the Governor's administrative priorities, specifically the use of the"Upskill-Backfill" strategy model. Deadline was February 28, 2017.


Governor Inslee has provided approximately $3 million from federal workforce funding to accelerate implementation of Talent and Prosperity for All (TAP), Washington's workforce plan. These dollars are paying for competitive grants, planning, and committee work.

What is Upskill-Backfill?

This model joins public and business resources to improve the workplace skills of both incumbent workers and new hires--and creates a pathway to gainful employment and wage progression to jobseeking Washingtonians, particularly low-income residents and those with other disadvantages.

Additional funding set aside to help launch plan

The Governor has also designated $360,000 to help support six TAP implementation committees.


Staff contact: Patrick Woods, (360) 709-4622


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Upskill Backfill workshops, application materials

Those interested in applying for a competitive grant through the $2M Upskill-Backfill Project were able to participate in workshops. Below are documents designed to help applicants, including a recording from the January workshop, and FAQs.





Watch the video: Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis provides a narrated PowerPoint overview on distributing these funds.


The Workforce Board is committed to providing employees and the public, including individuals with disabilities, access to its information and services. For information regarding documents, handouts, other questions, or for people needing special accommodation, please contact Rebecca Reule at (360) 709-4640 or Rebecca.Reule@wtb.wa.gov.





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