The 2021 application period is now closed. Decisions will be announced in June 2021.

Could you use $1000 gain a skill or certification to help you get a job? Are you an adult (age 18 – 64) with a bleeding disorder? You may be eligible for an HFA Job Readiness Grant! From bookkeeping to blogging, Scrum Master to Salesforce Administrator, coder to Certified Property Manager, we鈥檙e here to support your goals.聽Not sure where to start? The Career Planning course on HFA’s own聽Learning Central will set you up for success!

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Q: I鈥檓 a carrier. Can I apply?

A: Yes! Adults with an eligible disorder can apply.

Q: What is a 鈥渢echnical skill or certification鈥?

A: A聽technical skill is the practical ability and knowledge needed to perform a specific task. You can see examples of technical skills鈥here鈥痑nd鈥here.聽 Bolster your skills with a course on project management, dog grooming, customer service, medical billing, Google UX design, communicating about culturally sensitive issues,SQL for non-programmers or Excel. Become a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Cisco Certified Network Associate, Salesforce Administrator, Property Manager鈥 the list goes on!

Q: Taking a course sounds like a commitment I don鈥檛 have time for. What do you recommend?聽

A: We know you鈥檙e busy. Fortunately, there are thousands of self-paced options for online learning that can give you the flexibility you need to gain a skill at your own pace. Some courses聽like this course on Interpersonal Communication聽take less than 45 minutes.

Q: This sounds cool but I鈥檓 not sure where to start!

A: We recommend taking the Career Planning course on HFA Learning Central. Register and go to the Planning Office. Before you know it, you鈥檒l have a clear sense of the kind of job that鈥檚 right for you and the skills you need. Then see our list of reputable learning platforms (p. 8) to find a course or certification that鈥檚 right for you, do an online search, or check out your local community college.Note that many free online courses require payment for certification鈥攚hich a grant can cover!

Q: I鈥檓 worried the timing won鈥檛 work for a semester schedule.

A: If you’re looking at a course from a traditional institution, the timing of this grant (funds distributed by 6/30)聽could be ideal for a summer course. You鈥檙e welcome to reach out to to explore your idea. Timing is usually more flexible for self-paced online courses, certifications, or licensure exams.

Q: Can I apply for help with my degree program?

A: We will consider applications from degree-seeking students if the application is for funding for one specific course or certification that provides the applicant with a technical skill. The required statement should explain barriers to employment the applicant faced and how the specific course/certification will position them for sustainable employment. Selected recipients must provide HFA with details so that we can make payment to the institution by 6/30 for the specific course/certification they are pursuing. We encourage degree-seeking students to view our聽HFA鈥檚 Scholarships.

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Job Readiness grants are part of theHelping Forward聽program.

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