Workforce Development


Rockwell Fund will provide grants to organizations that increase employment options for low-income individuals and families.

We recognize that meaningful and livable-wage employment not only results in improved financial stability for that individual client, but also reaps intergenerational benefits for the family and community.

Our two-pronged approach to workforce development includes supporting organizations that:

  • Specialize in job training, with a strong track record of job placement success for higher wage jobs. Successful programs offer customized training and coaching for clients with multiple barriers, focus on both hard and soft skills attainment and support relationships with clients and employers over a period of time.
  • Help create jobs by providing credit and services to small businesses that do not have access to loans from commercial sources. Services may include micro-lending, entrepreneurship training and small business development coaching for low-income adults. Innovative social enterprises that create new jobs and help put low-income people to work are also considered.

We will also support organizations that engage in advocacy efforts related to RFI workforce development priorities (by invitation only).