In efforts to help tackle senior poverty, the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) and the AARP Foundation have partnered to launch the Upskilling grant opportunity. The grant is directed towards small businesses that intend to train and upskill low-wage workers age 50+. Upon completion of training, the program will reimburse employers up to $2,000-$2,500 per trained employee provided the grantee meets the program criteria.
Join Corinne Hodges, AWBC CEO for an upcoming informational webinar via Zoom to learn all about the opportunity and how to apply!
Upskilling Grant application: https://awbc.smapply.org/prog/2022/
Accepting Applications Now!
For small businesses that intend to train and upskill low-wage workers age 50+, this grant program will reimburse employers up to $2,000-$2,500 per employee for training, provided the grantee meets the following criteria:
Grant Eligibility Criteria:
- Applicant is a small business with qualifying employee(s) 50+ years of age
- Applicant intends to train qualifying employee(s) to improve or add to their job skills
- Qualifying employee(s) currently earn $16/hour or less on average, and work at least 30 hours per week
- Training to be completed and reported by November 30, 2022
- Applicant must demonstrate evidence of increasing wage at least $2/hour once training is completed ($2.50/hour min. increase to earn the maximum grant award)
Corinne joined the Association of Women's Business Centers as CEO in January 2019 and is charged with bringing about enhanced sustainability and increased capacity to the association and its members. When AWBC and the national network of Women's Business Centers were confronted with effects of a global pandemic in early 2020, Hodges and the advocacy team sprung into action. While Women's Business Centers responded tirelessly to small business concerns in their communities, Hodges and the team championed their efforts to secure resources.
Thankfully, members of Congress foresaw the important role that Women's Business Centers would play in an economic disaster and appropriated record-level emergency funding (CARES Act) to be administered by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). In addition to $150,000 awarded annually to each Women's Business Center, centers could access up to $420,000 of CARES Act funds giving them access to $570,000 in a single fiscal year. In addition to their own annual fundraising efforts, this unprecedented combination of funding is the highest level of funding than at any other point in history. Women's Business Centers leveraged this infusion of funds into tremendous impact.
Hodges and the full AWBC team will remain steadfast in their commitment to the growth and strength of the Women's Business Center network. Her immediate priority is the modernization and re-authorization of the Women's Business Center program while building capacity throughout the growing network of 140 Women's Business Centers.
She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, attended high school there and studied abroad in Spain where she received a dual Spain-U.S. high school diploma. Having graduated with honors, Hodges earned her BA International Studies from the University of Evansville in Indiana. She attended graduate school in Washington, DC at The George Washington University and has never stopped learning. She enjoys live rides on her Peloton, long runs on the C&O Canal Tow Path and sunny afternoons on her stand-up paddle board.