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DOL Grants: Funding Opportunities

Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance Grant — SGA-DFA-PY-13-08

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Women's Bureau (WB) and Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announce the availability of approximately $1.8 million in grant funds authorized by the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Act of 1992, Pub. L. 102-530, 29 U.S.C. 2501 et seq. The Department plans to disburse WANTO grant funds to up to four (4) community-based organization (CBO) grantees within the range of $400,000 to $650,000 for a 2-year grant period to develop and operate innovative TA projects to improve outreach, recruitment, hiring, training, employment, and retention of women, women of color and women with disabilities in apprenticeships and nontraditional occupations.

Indian and Native American Programs — SGA-DFA-PY-13-02

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately announces the availability of approximately $58 million in grant funds authorized by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 166 for the Indian and Native American Program (INAP) to fund approximately 170 grants — $46 million to fund the Comprehensive Service Program (CSP) serving adult participants and $12 million to fund Supplemental Youth Service Program (SYSP) serving summer youth participants. The WIA Section 166 program provides training and employment services specifically targeted to Indian and Native Americans and is the only Federal employment and job training program that serves American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians who reside both on and off reservations. Grantees must provide services to all eligible applicants and ensure equitable access to employment and training services within the geographic service area. The Department waived the previous competitive round of WIA Section 166 awards for PY 2012-2013, and has determined that no waivers of competition under WIA Section 166(c)(2) will be available for the next two-year designation cycle.

Face Forward 2 — Intermediary and Community Grants — SGA/DFA PY-13-09

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $44 million in grants through the Face Forward program to provide work-based learning opportunities and support services for youth ages 14 to 24 who have been through the juvenile justice system. The Face Forward grant program is designed to help participants move forward into the future by combining the most promising workforce and juvenile justice strategies available. These grants will offer organizations the opportunity to develop programs that address this issue by helping youth obtain education and industry-recognized credentials in high-demand occupations and industries. The grants will also help youth evade the stigma of having a juvenile record through the use of diversion or record expungement strategies. Four grants of $5 million each will be awarded to intermediary organizations for implementation through their affiliates, and approximately 16 grants of up to $1.5 million each will be awarded directly to community-based organizations or faith-based organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Training to Work 2-Adult Reentry — SGA-DFA-PY-13-03

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $30 million to serve male and female ex-offenders, referred to in this SGA as returning citizens, in work release programs (WRPs) as authorized by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Second Chance Act of 2007. The term “returning citizens” refers to formerly incarcerated individuals (i.e. ex-offenders). This solicitation provides the opportunity for organizations to develop and implement career pathway programs in demand sectors and occupations for men and women who are at least 18 years old and who are enrolled in WRPs. ETA plans to award approximately 15 grants of up to $2,000,000 each. These grants have a performance period of operation of 39-months, which includes a planning period, implementation, and a follow-up period. Additionally, grants will be awarded to areas with high-poverty and high-crime rates, including promise zones that have a large proportion of returning citizens in these communities and typically experience higher rates of recidivism.

YouthBuild 2014 — SGA-DFA-PY-13-04

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $73 million in grant funds authorized by the YouthBuild provisions of the Workforce Investment Act (29 USC 2918a). The Department will award grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. DOL hopes to serve approximately 4,950 participants during the grant period of performance, with approximately 75 projects awarded across the country.

H-1B Ready to Work Partnerships — SGA-DFA-PY-13-07

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) the availability of approximately $150 million in funds for the H-1B Ready to Work Partnership (Ready to Work) grant program. DOL expects to fund approximately 20-30 grants with individual grant amounts ranging from $3 million to $10 million. This grant program is designed to provide long-term unemployed workers with individualized counseling, training and supportive and specialized services leading to rapid employment in occupations and industries for which employers use H-1B visas to hire foreign workers. Grants will be awarded to the lead applicant of a public and private partnership of entities that includes: the workforce investment system; training providers, such as community colleges and community-based and faith-based organizations; and, business and business-related groups, trade associations, nonprofit business or industry, organizations functioning as workforce intermediaries for the expressed purpose of serving the needs of businesses, individual businesses, or consortia of businesses. As a pre-condition to be considered for Ready to Work funding, there must be at least three employers or a regional industry association consisting of at least three employers who are actively engaged in the project. Additional partners that reflect the character and resources of the local or regional economy and the community are strongly encouraged. Finally, the department is committed to producing strong evidence on the effectiveness of the grantee programs and full participation in any national evaluation initiated by DOL is a condition of all grants awarded.

'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.