The goal of the Texas Reskilling and Upskilling through Education (TRUE) Grant Program is to build a talent-strong Texas through the creation, expansion, or redesign of workforce education and training credential programs in high-demand occupations. These credential programs will be developed and provided by Texas public community colleges and technical institutions of higher education, in consultation and partnership with workforce stakeholders. They will lead to certifications or workforce credentials that create pathways to employment.
The Texas Legislature established TRUE during the 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, as codified in Texas Education Code, Sections 61.881-61.886. The 87th Texas Legislature, Third Called Special Session provided appropriations to implement the TRUE program through Senate Bill (SB) 8. SB 8 provided funding for TRUE from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund (42 U.S.C. Section 802), established under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 117-2).
In 2022 TRUE Grant Program funding was awarded competitively through a request-for-applications (RFA) process. The projects proposed were required to be for education and training programs shorter than six months in duration, industry-aligned, in high-value/high-need fields, and developed with the participation of key workforce actors such as workforce boards, economic development corporations, trade associations, industry representatives, and employers
PLEASE NOTE: The TRUE Grant Program was a new effort in 2022 and should not be mistaken for the fall 2021 GEER-funded TRUE Institutional Capacity Grants initiative.
The Texas Legislature appropriated $15 million for the TRUE Grant Program through SB 8 (87th Legislature, Third Called Special Session). The appropriated funds were from the federal Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund (42 U.S.C. Section 802), established under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Grant Program Grantees
Eligible applicants are:
- Texas public community colleges and state technical colleges; or
- a consortium of three or more Texas public community colleges and state technical colleges; or
- local chambers of commerce, trade associations, or economic development corporations that partner with a public Texas community colleges and state technical colleges or a consortium of Texas public community colleges and state technical colleges.