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DOL Grants: Funding Opportunities

Workforce Data Quality Initiative

The U.S. Department of Labor is making approximately $10 million in grants available to help expand understanding in more states about how education and workforce development programs complement each other in the fifth round of the Workforce Data Quality Initiative. This grant opportunity highlights the Obama administration's focus on access to high-quality data; it is a sister initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program. Both grants will help support the emphasis on accountability and transparency, a key feature of the recently enacted WIOA. They will also support the implementation of WIOA by connecting the data infrastructure across programs, enabling states to meet the act's performance accountability requirements.Grantees will be expected to use these longitudinal databases to conduct research and analysis aimed at determining the effectiveness of workforce and education programs and to develop tools to better inform customers about the benefits of the publicly funded workforce system.

YouthBuild 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor announces the availability of $76 million in grant funding to continue or expand YouthBuild programs nationwide. Grants awarded in this funding opportunity range from $700,000 to $1.1 million each to approximately 76 organizations to provide education and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities. This year's funding availability is the first since the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, signed last July. Important changes to the program under WIOA include:

  • Expanding eligibility for those who previously dropped out of a YouthBuild program and re-enrolled;
  • Removing the sequential service strategy provision;
  • Adding a fifth key purpose related to improving energy efficiency in buildings serving low-income and homeless individuals and families;
  • Increasing the percentage of grant funds that can be used to build or renovate public spaces; and
  • Reducing the allowable administrative costs rate.

YouthBuild is a non-residential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training in construction and other in-demand occupations to at-risk youth and young adults ages 16-24. Participants learn valuable skills as they build or rehabilitate housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities. Under the YouthBuild Construction Plus model, select programs may offer expanded occupational skills training in additional in-demand occupations.

Training to Work — Adult Reentry

The U.S. Labor Department today announced a $27 million Training to Work — Adult Reentry grant program — to provide the support, training and assistance needed to help thousands of soon-to-be-released inmates find and maintain a good job. The department expects to award approximately 20 grants with a maximum value of $1,360,000 each to provide training and employment services for men and women, ages 18 and older (including veterans), who participate in state or local work-release programs. Grant applicants must be located in an area with high poverty and high crime rates, including Promise Zones — communities which often have a larger proportion of returning citizens and higher rates of recidivism. Applicants will also be required to establish a committed Career Pathways Collaborative led by the grantee, and consist of representatives from the workforce system, work release programs, and employers and/or industry associations. Nonprofit organizations that meet the requirements of the solicitation may apply.

TechHire Grant Competition

The Obama Administration announced a commitment to make a $100 million available through the U.S. Department of Labor to support innovative approaches to moving lower skilled workers on the fastest paths to well-paying information technology and high growth jobs in industries like healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and other in-demand sectors. The grant will focus on providing workers the skills for a pathway to the middle class while providing employers with the skilled technology workers they need to grow and expand. This grant will serve people with barriers to accessing training including those with child care needs, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, and disconnected youth, among others. It will serve both unemployed and low skilled front line workers. Grants will pilot and scale innovative partnerships between employers, workforce boards, training institutions, non-profit organizations, and cities and states across the country. These partnerships will support the implementation of job-driven training strategies to help workers complete basic and technical skills training using evidence-based strategies such as accelerated learning, work-based learning and Apprenticeships. A solicitation for applications for these partnerships will be available this fall and awards will be made next year.

Face Forward 3-Intermediary and Community Grants — OA-ETA-15-04

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) plans to award four intermediary organization grants of $5 million each and approximately 10 community organization grants of up to $1,050,000 million each, totaling approximately $30,500,000 million, to provide services to youth between the ages of 14 to 24 that have been involved in the JJS and never convicted in the adult criminal system. Applicants may only submit one application in response to this solicitation. Applicants must choose between submitting an intermediary or community grant application. Intermediary grantees must competitively select after grant award local sub-grantees to operate the program in a minimum of three communities in at least two states, with a priority to serving target areas in high-poverty, high-crime areas. Applicants submitting intermediary grants applications must have the capacity to implement multi-site, multi-state projects.

American Apprenticeship Initiative — FOA-ETA-15-02

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration announces the availability of approximately $100 million in grant funds for the American Apprenticeship Initiative. This initiative is intended to provide a catalyst in supporting a uniquely American Apprenticeship system that meets our country's particular economic, industry and workforce needs. American Apprenticeships (also referred to as Registered Apprenticeships) are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and- learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies). Approximately $100 million is expected to be available to fund approximately 25 grants. Grant awards will range from $2.5 - 5 million. Grant awards will be made only to the extent that funds are available.

'Stand Down' Grants to Assist Homeless Veterans

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $600,000 in "Stand Down" grants that will provide an estimated 10,000 homeless veterans with opportunities to reintegrate into society. The grants are being awarded under the department's Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program. Approximately seventy grants in each of the three fiscal years covered by this solicitation are expected to be awarded. A maximum of $10,000 per multi-day event or $7,000 for a one-day event can be awarded. Stand Down grant funds must be used to enhance employment and training opportunities or to promote the self-sufficiency of homeless veterans through paid work. Applications for Stand Down funds will be accepted from State Workforce Agencies, State and local Workforce Investment Boards, Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), local public agencies, and non-profit organizations including community and faith-based organizations. All applications for Stand Down grant funding must be submitted to the appropriate State Director for Veterans' Employment and Training (DVET) at least ninety (90) days prior to the event.