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The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter and lead in all industries.

In 2020, the WANTO grant program awarded $4,100,000 to six 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, or providing support services for women to improve their retention.

In 2020, the Women's Bureau awarded grants to the following organizations:

Read the news release, blog post, frequently asked questions, and 2020 funding opportunity announcement, which outlines the 2020 program priorities and evaluation factors.

N’Tasha Hunt

N’Tasha Hunt

"Pre-apprenticeship is a good stepping stone... You can excel if you put in the effort."
Pre-Apprenticeship Graduate, Iron Workers Local 549

Hannah Hogg

Hannah Hogg

"The confidence I've gained in myself has been invaluable."
IBEW Local 532

Josie Johnson

Josie Johnson

"Pre-apprenticeship prepares women for work in what is still a dominantly male work field."
Step Up for Women Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Graduate

Sierra Smith

Sierra Smith

"If I can encourage one woman to consider working in the trades, I'm happy."
IBEW Local 768

Past Recipients

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.