DOL Grants: Funding Opportunities
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.
- Issue Date: April 6, 2015
- Closing Date: June 5, 2015
- Read the Full Announcement
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.
'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.