CareerEdge Offers Grants to Help Close the Skills Gap and Build Companies’ Talent Pipeline

On Monday, March 2nd, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s CareerEdge workforce initiative, will open their annual request for proposal (RFP) process soliciting plans from manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and skilled trades employers in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

CareerEdge is seeking grant applications that show a business will use funding, upon approval, to increase skills and accelerate promotions for incumbent workers, while speeding job creation.  Over the past 10 years, CareerEdge has co-invested nearly $10.6 million in grants to businesses, which was matched by employer investments and other funders. To be eligible for funding businesses must submit a letter of intent including:

  • One of the following industry focus areas:  manufacturing, healthcare, insurance, skilled trades (automotive, plumbing or HVAC)
  • Train and close skills gaps for new or current workers
  • Design new “career ladders” with increased wages for workers that successfully complete training and/or streamline training i.e. cross training
  • Actively participate on a CareerEdge Industry Council; preference is given to Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Members

Employers may request grants of $15,000 to $50,000 to implement training programs up to 12 months in duration, with employee wages reported for two years upon training completion.  Interested businesses must submit a letter of intent by Friday, February 28th at 5:00 p.m. to [email protected].  Those selected to apply for funding will be notified by March 2nd.


About CareerEdge Funders Collaborative

CareerEdge Funder’s Collaborative is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee and Sarasota counties.  CareerEdge is the workforce development initiative of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit or call 941.556.4029.


About the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization that works to cultivate Sarasota’s prosperity and quality of life through our member businesses, for more information please call (941) 955-8187 or visit us at