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WANTO Grant Program

The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter and lead in all industries by recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.

In 2020, the WANTO grant program will award $4.1 million to up to 11 community-based organizations to encourage women’s employment in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations. The application cycle for the 2020 WANTO grant program opened on July 2, 2020. To be eligible, applicants must provide one or more of the following types of technical assistance:

  • Developing pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs to prepare women for those careers;
  • Providing ongoing orientations for employers, unions and workers on creating a successful environment for women to succeed in those careers; and
  • Setting up support groups, facilitating networks and/or providing supportive services for women to improve their retention.

For information about the 2020 program priorities and evaluation factors, and to learn how to apply, read the 2020 Funding Opportunity Announcement, the press release, and the FAQs. The closing date for receipt of applications under this announcement is August 3, 2020. Applications must be received no later than 4:00:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

 


In 2019, the WANTO grant program awarded $1,492,515 to three community-based organizations to increase women's employment in apprenticeship programs and nontraditional occupations.

Organizations receiving funds will provide one or more of the following types of technical assistance:

  • Developing pre-apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs to prepare women for those careers;
  • Providing ongoing orientations for employers, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women to succeed in those careers; and
  • Setting up support groups, facilitating networks, and/or providing support services for women to improve their retention.

In 2019, the Women’s Bureau awarded grants to the following entities:

Read the press release, the blog post, and 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement, which outline the 2019 program priorities and evaluation factors.


In 2018, the WANTO grant program awarded $1,403,190 to the following community-based organizations:

The WANTO grant program is administered by the Department’s Women's Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration.