Funding Announcement: California Apprenticeship Initiative Grant Application Now Open!

Roxana Teran
Youth Apprenticeship Outreach and Education Analyst

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has announced the availability of $40M in grant funding through the California Apprenticeship Initiative New and Innovative Grant Program¬† (CAI). The CAI grant is created to support new and innovative apprenticeship opportunities in priority and emerging industry sectors of California’s ever-changing workforce. The CAI Grant offers three categories of funding to support apprenticeship programs as they get launched: Planning Grants up to 120,000; Implementation Grants up to $1,500,000; and Expansion Grants up to $1,000,000. View the full RFA on the California Community College website: Request for Applications (RFA) for the California Apprenticeship Initiative New and Innovative Grant Program (CAI N&I). The Chancellor’s office is committed to supporting the Governor’s goal of serving 500,000 apprenticeships by 2029 in partnership with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM PDT

Funding Period: July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2027 

Max Award Amount per Application: $1,500,00


California currently has about 93,000 registered apprentices and has an urgent need to create, innovate and scale the number of registered apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeships serve as a crucial link between traditional education and practical skills, addressing the demands of industries that thrive on a highly skilled and trained workforce.


October 2023