H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants fund projects that provide training and related activities to workers to assist them in gaining the skills and competencies needed to obtain or upgrade employment in high-growth industries or economic sectors. These grants are supported by user fees paid by employers seeking high skilled foreign workers under the H-1B visa program. The goal of the training grants is to prepare Americans for high skill jobs, reducing the dependence on foreign labor. Funds are authorized by Section 414(c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended (29 USC 2916a).

Current H-1B grants funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) include:

H-1B America's Promise

America’s Promise grants are designed to create or expand regional partnerships between employers, economic development, workforce development, community colleges and other educational institutions, and community-based organizations that make a commitment – or a “promise” – to provide a pipeline of workers to fill existing job openings, meet existing employer needs for expansion, fuel the talent needs of entrepreneurs, and attract more jobs from overseas. DOL awarded over $111 million in America’s Promise grants to 23 regional workforce partnerships serving 28 states in November 2016.

H-1B America's Promise Funding Opportunity Announcement

Information on grants awarded

H-1B TechHire

TechHire Partnership grants provide workers the skills for a pathway to the middle class while providing employers with the skilled technology workers needed to grow and expand in rapid-growth sectors like Information Technology, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. Over $125 million was awarded to partnerships that specifically target youth and young adults ages 17-29. In addition, $24 million went to partnerships that help other disadvantaged groups with barriers to employment, including veterans, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, and people with criminal records.  In total DOL awarded nearly $150 million to 39 TechHire Partnership grants serving 25 states in July 2016. 

H-1B TechHire Funding Opportunity Announcement

Information on grants awarded

H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI)

SWFI grants assist low- to middle-skilled parents in accessing the affordable, quality child care they need to earn an education, participate in training programs and ultimately compete for better-paying jobs in emerging industries.  These projects are also connecting workforce and child care systems to address the needs of working parents beyond the grant period.  DOL awarded $54 million in SWFI grants to 14 partnerships providing services to 13 states in June 2016.

H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcement

Information on grants awarded

H-1B Ready To Work

Ready to Work grants 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. DOL awarded nearly $170 million in grants to 23 partnerships providing services in 21 states in October 2014.

H-1B Ready to Work Solicitation for Grant Applications

Information on grants awarded