Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcements
The third round of the Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants Program (referred to as SCC3) builds the capacity of community colleges to address identified equity gaps and meet the skill development needs of employers in in-demand industries and career pathways, leading to quality jobs.
DOL solicited applications for SCC3 through an amendment to the SCC2 FOA. Applications for SCC3 were due October 21, 2002, using the SCC2 FOA. The SCC2 FOA is available on grants.gov. Note that Amendment Two, under Related Documents, describes the SCC3 funding opportunity. DOL anticipates announcing SCC3 grantees in early 2023.
Prospective applicants for Strengthening Community Colleges grants were encouraged to:
Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) specific to SCC3 and check back for potential FAQ updates throughout the open period of the FOA; and
View the pre-applicant webcast, which is relevant to both SCC2 and SCC3, posted at the same link.
Prospective applicants, and others, may also find the following resource helpful:
The roundtable Exploring Equity Gap Interventions at Community Colleges highlights current research exploring how community colleges can better measure equity in their programs and improve employment-related outcomes for historically marginalized groups.
Current Grant Programs
Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants – Round Two
The second round of Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants (referred to as SCC2) aims to help people in marginalized and underrepresented populations overcome barriers to career and technical education programs they need to connect with quality jobs. In September 2022, DOL awarded $45 million in grants to 13 community colleges, including seven consortium grants and six single institution grants in 12 states. Industry sectors represented among grants include Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Information Technology (including Cybersecurity), Supply Chain, and Construction.
For more information about SCC2 Training Grants, please see:
Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants – Round One
The first round of Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants (referred to as Strengthening Community Colleges or SCC1) builds the capacity of community colleges to collaborate with employers and the public workforce development system to meet local and regional labor market demand for a skilled workforce. The grants also build the capacity of community colleges to address challenges associated with the COVID-19 health crisis, such as expanding online and technology-enabled learning and migrating services to a virtual environment. In January 2021, DOL awarded $40 million in grants to 11 community colleges, including seven consortium grants and four single institution grants in 10 states. Industry sectors represented among grants include Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Information Technology (including Cybersecurity), and others.
For more information about current SCC1 Training Grants, please see:
For questions about the current SCC program (only), please email SCC@dol.gov.