Advanced manufacturing

Future of Manufacturing Fund

Funded by the GE Aerospace Foundation.

Advancing the future of manufacturing together.

About the Fund

United Way of Greater Cincinnati announces the launch of the Future of Manufacturing Program, funded by the GE Aerospace Foundation, to address critical gaps in the advanced manufacturing workforce.

The program seeks to connect individuals interested in advanced manufacturing career opportunities with workforce development programs. Grants awarded over a three-year period will help cohorts of partners increase workforce development program enrollment, completion and job obtainment in the sector. Funding and technical assistance will support partners in replicating proven practices or scaling existing solutions to improve outcomes.



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We invite proposals that aim to overcome barriers to meeting advanced manufacturing workforce needs, such as limited technical training capacity, fragmentation among stakeholders, and lack of flexible funding. The goal is to drive impactful change and grow the advanced manufacturing workforce pipeline through collaboration, coordination, and quality improvement.

Organizations may only submit one application. Grants will likely range from $25,000 - $50,000. Organizations funded in year one may be eligible for continued or new funding in year two or three. Funding begins July 1, 2024 with up to a three-month planning period, if needed, and an implementation period of up to 12 months. A second cohort will be funded in 2025 and a final cohort in 2026.

Informational Webinar

A webinar providing an overview of the program, including eligibility requirements, is scheduled Tuesday, May 14 at 1 p.m. Please complete this registration to attend.

For questions about this funding, email or refer to the sections below.

Grant Process & Key Dates

These dates may change. Any changes will be communicated in a timely manner.

  • May 2: Program announcement
  • May 14: Program overview webinar - watch now
  • May 16: Application opens in e-CImpact
  • May 30: Virtual Q&A office hours (1 - 2 p.m.) - join now
  • June 10 : Virtual Q&A office hours (10 - 11 a.m.) - join now
  • June 14: Applications DUE in e-CImpact by 4 p.m.
  • July 1: Funding awards announced
  • August 1: Grant period begins
Organizational Eligibility

Organizations must meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding through this process:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or other tax-exempt community-based group, entity or collaboration/coalition that operates like a nonprofit organization.
  • Operate services or programming for community members to support advanced manufacturing workforce development.
  • Operate programs or services that serve a majority of people living within United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s footprint including:
    • Hamilton, Clermont, Brown counties in Ohio
    • Dearborn and Ohio counties in Indiana
    • Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Grant counties in Kentucky

Information sessions, technical assistance and other support

United Way will support organizations as they explore this opportunity and complete the application.

  • Informational Webinar (live and recorded): Hosted on May 14. A recording of the webinar will be available for those unable to attend – watch now.
  • Office Hours: We’ll hold open office hours on May 30 and June 10 for grantees to join virtually and ask questions. Times and Teams link to be provided at a later date.
  • Email Us at with your communication preference (email or phone) to ask questions, schedule a technical assistance meeting to navigate the application system or discuss a concern. The appropriate staff will connect with you within 1-2 business days of receiving your email.

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