Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcements
The second and third rounds of the Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants Program (referred to as Strengthening Community Colleges or SCC2 and SCC3, respectively) build 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.
The second round of the SCC grants funding opportunity announcement (FOA) closed on June 2, 2022, and the Department expects to announce awardees by late August 2022.
The third round of SCC funding is being made available immediately. DOL is soliciting applications for SCC3 through an amendment to the SCC2 FOA. Applications for SCC3 are due October 14, 2022, using the SCC2 FOA.
The SCC2 FOA is available on grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336701. Note that Amendment Two, under Related Documents, describes the SCC3 funding opportunity.
Prospective applicants for Strengthening Community Colleges grants are encouraged to:
- Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) specific to SCC32 posted by approximately June 17 at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/grants/apply/find-opportunities and to 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 may also find the following resource helpful:
- The roundtable series 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.
The first round of Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants (referred to as Strengthening Community Colleges or SCC) 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 SCC Training Grants, please see:
For questions about the current SCC program (only), please email SCC@dol.gov.