Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Monday a $1.2 million Future Ready Iowa grant opportunity for employers that are developing workforce solutions. The Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund is designed to expand opportunities for Iowans to earn postsecondary credentials that lead to high-demand jobs. The funds can be used to support credit and noncredit programs, along with wraparound support programs such as transportation, equipment and innovative technologies to help Iowans complete job training and education. Applicants can request funding up to $50,000; any requested amount must be matched with private investment. “This program is a valuable investment in Iowa communities, and another great tool to address our state’s workforce challenges,” Reynolds said in a press release. “Iowa needs innovative approaches to boost economic activity in every city and small town. These grants reward good ideas that can help us grow our economy and continue to prosper and lead.” Applications must be submitted by Dec. 17 on IowaGrants.gov.