H-1B 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 Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended (29 USC 3224a).

 

Current H-1B Funding Opportunity Announcements

H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program

The H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program is designed to alleviate healthcare workforce shortages by creating sustainable employment and training programs in healthcare occupations (including behavioral and mental healthcare) serving rural populations that are scalable and replicable after this funding expires.  The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for healthcare workers, particularly in rural areas where there was already an acute need.  Expanding employment and training models for the healthcare industry will help individuals gain the skills necessary to provide needed services, fill vacancies, and allow employers to find skilled workers more readily.

See also the news release at https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200915

The H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is available on grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329016 under the "related documents tab." 

Prospective applicants for the H-1B Rural Healthcare grants are strongly encouraged to:

  1. Review these Frequently Asked Questions updated October 19, 2020, and to check back for potential FAQ updates throughout the open period of the FOA; and
  2. View the pre-applicant webcast at https://h1bskillstraining.workforcegps.org/resources/2020/10/07/18/44/Prospective-Applicant-Webcast-H-1B-Rural-Healthcare-FOA.

Information about credential interoperability is provided in these slides and in the FAQs referenced above.

 

H-1B One Workforce Grant Program

The H-1B One Workforce Grant Program is designed to develop replicable, comprehensive workforce strategies for preparing the workforce for middle-to high-skilled H-1B occupations within the information technology, advanced manufacturing, and transportation sectors.

These grants will build proof of concepts of innovative training models that can be replicated by the broader workforce system.  Applicants must build support for a common vision for responding to the workforce challenges within their state and economic regions, ensuring that their projects complement and leverage, but do not duplicate existing programs.  By forging public-private partnerships—H-1B One Workforce Partnerships—applicants will bring together industry and employers, education and training providers, the workforce system, state and local government, and other entities that will work collaboratively to align resources in response to employer demand and to offer novel education and job training solutions that generate positive outcomes and results.

See also the news release at https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200924-0.

The H-1B One Workforce Grant Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is available on grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329075 under the "related documents tab."

 

Prospective applicants for the H-1B One Workforce grants are strongly encouraged to:

  1. Review these Frequently Asked Questions updated October 7, 2020, and to check back for potential FAQ updates throughout the open period of the FOA; and
  2. View the pre-applicant webcast at https://h1bskillstraining.workforcegps.org/resources/2020/10/07/20/36/Prospective-Applicant-Webcast-H-1B-One-Workforce-FOA.

Information about credential interoperability is provided in these slides and in the FAQs referenced above.

 

Current H-1B Grant Programs

Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap

Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap grants promote apprenticeships as a significant workforce solution in filling current job vacancies and closing the skills gap between employer workforce needs and the skills of the current workforce.  The grant program places a heavy emphasis on private sector partnership, with a corresponding 45 percent match of federal funds awarded. In February 2020, DOL awarded nearly $100 million in grants to 28 public-private partnerships across the country, which are supporting the large-scale expansion of apprenticeship to industry sectors and occupations that have not traditionally deployed apprenticeships, such as advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology. These also include in-demand cybersecurity professions and emerging occupations involving artificial intelligence.  

H-1B Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap Funding Opportunity Announcement   

Information on grants awarded

H-1B Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies

Scaling Apprenticeship grants promote the large-scale expansion of apprenticeships across the nation by supporting the training of thousands of apprentices in new or expanded programs in key industry sectors and by assisting partners in their efforts to create and scale the new or expanded apprenticeship programs. Industry partners will provide partial matching funds to the institutions to develop in-demand skills as part of these programs. In June 2019, DOL awarded nearly $184 million in grants to 23 public-private partnerships in local and state service areas across the country, which ultimately will expand their apprenticeship programs to reach a national scale. 

H-1B Scaling Apprenticeship Funding Opportunity Announcement

Information on grants awarded

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 American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI)

The American Apprenticeship Initiative grants are providing a catalyst in supporting a uniquely American apprenticeship system that meets our country’s particular economic, industry and workforce needs.  In September 2015, DOL awarded $175 million in American Apprenticeship Initiative grants to 46 public-private partnerships, which support the expansion of quality and innovative American Apprenticeship programs in high-growth and high-tech industries, including health care, information technology, and advanced manufacturing. 

H-1B American Apprenticeship Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcement

Information on grants awarded