The Carroll IowaWORKS office announced today (Thursday) applications are now open for grants from the Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund. The fund was created to assist Iowans in earning post-secondary credentials that can lead to one of the many high-demand jobs found across the state. Grants will be awarded to employers that have implemented innovative and creative initiatives that also accelerate the credentialing process for Iowans. “Powerful public-private partnerships will put Iowans on a path to new skills, a better career, and a great quality of life. Across Iowa, small businesses are shattering barriers and innovating like never before, and Future Ready Iowa will provide the talent pipeline to help them do even more,” says Gov. Kim Reynolds. “As we invest, grow, and encourage collaboration in the workforce, I am excited for what lies ahead.” In their applications, employers are required to identify specific project goals that demonstrate measurable results in their proposal. The applications will then be reviewed and scored by a panel of judges. Awardees will be notified of their selection by Sept. 1, and the deadline to apply is only a few weeks away on Aug. 1. Application forms and more information regarding the Employer Innovation Fund can be found by following the link included with this story on our website.