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New Registered Apprenticeship Funding is becoming available at federal, state and philanthropic levels all of the time. The Kansas Office of Registered Apprenticeship does its best to track these opportunities and make them available to our growing ecosystem

This page is intended to be a one-stop resource page for our grant partners. When available, we will also link new grant and funding opportunities here as well as on the Kansas Commerce site:

U.S. Department of Labor Open Funding Opportunities are also found here: 

MeadowLARK Grant

Funding for MeadowLARK was delivered through a State Apprenticeship Expansion Formula (SAEF) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, which provides targeted support to state Registered Apprenticeship Programs. The KOA will utilize these funds to continue revolutionizing apprenticeship in Kansas. MeadowLARK will also greatly expand the office’s efforts by developing Multi-Employer Intermediaries focusing on high-demand, high-wage occupations to meet industry needs.

Total amount awarded: $6,331,847

Period of performance: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026

Press release: https://www.kansascommerce.gov/2023/07/governor-kelly-announces-launch-of-meadowlark-grant-program-to-expand-apprenticeship-opportunities-in-kansas/

Partner Resources

Quarterly narratives are due approximately 3 weeks after the quarter end!

  • Q1 (July 1 – Sept 30) report due Oct 20, 2023
  • Q2 (Oct 1 – Dec 31) report due January 19, 2024
  • Q3 (January 1 – March 31) report due April 19, 2024
  • Q4 (April 1 – June 30) report due July 19, 2024
  • Q1 (July 1 – Sept 30) report due Oct 18, 2024
  • Q2 (Oct 1 – Dec 31) report due January 17, 2025
  • Q3 (January 1 – March 31) report due April 18, 2025
  • Q4 (April 1 – June 30) report due July 18, 2025

Partner Narrative Reporting link:

Friendly Reminders:

  • LWDB threshold update is no limit per participant!
    • Participant threshold is based on LWDB’s policies for their participant services.
    • SAEEI funds can only be used for SAEEI partners.
  • Program outputs are tracked in RAPIDS and KansasWORKS.com. Program outputs targets and allowable expenditures for MeadowLark include the following.
    • Total RAPs created as a result of SAEF grant funding
    • Total RAPs expanded as a result of SAEF grant funding
    • Total pre-apprenticeship programs created as a result of SAEF grant funding (as applicable)
    • Total participants served (includes total apprentices served regardless of completion)
    • Total participants served and who enter a Registered Apprenticeship Program
    • Total participants who complete a Registered Apprenticeship Program
    • Total number of individuals enrolled in a RAP that was developed using SAEF grant funds (as applicable)
  • The USDOL is now requiring that Measurable Skills Gains (MSG) are set in KANSASworks.com. you will get credit for the MSG when it is set (to coincide with the Apprenticeship Training service – denominator) and when it is attained (defined as 12 months and/or attained within the 12 months from the set date – numerator). We are also using two of the 5 MSG types: Educational Functioning Level (Youth Pre-Apprenticeship ONLY) and Training Milestone (Training Plan/Apprenticeship Training related). More information on how to set these are located under Reporting Resources.
  • Pre-Apprenticeship programs are a YES! It’s a WIN-WIN for the grant!
    • Quality pre-apprenticeship programs can be entered and tracked in KANSASWORKS.com. Pre-apprentices can only be registered in KANSASWORKS.com and MeadowLARK funds can be used on this. Pre-apprentices cannot be entered into RAPIDS until they enter into a registered program and sign the required 671 form. Pre-apprentices will be counted as “participants served” but not toward “registered apprenticeship” numbers until they get registered in RAPIDS (which hopefully all do!).
    • Quality pre-apprenticeship programs have a federal definition – and must lead to an established Registered Apprenticeship. For more information and allowable expenditures, please refer to TEN No. 23-23
  • Outreach and social media shares!
    • Our social media team is working to be more aggressive with partner programming!  Please ensure any outreach you develop meets the requirements of  the grant, and be sure to tag @KANSASWORKS.  The social media team will try and share whenever possible!  It’s even better if you can email your outreach calendar so the team can coordinate the calendar with ours.
  • The intent of this grant is start up funds for your program; however, its up to you to develop sustainability. Your ATR’s will start asking you to develop a sustainability plan after the grant ends.

Resources for Partners: