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New Solicitations for Grant Applications

H1-B Ready to Work Partnership Grants — SGA-DFA-PY-13-07

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (We, DOL, or the Department), announces the availability of approximately $150 million in funds for the H-1B Ready to Work Partnership (Ready to Work) grant program. The Department expects to fund approximately 20-30 grants with individual grant amounts ranging from $3 million to $10 million. This grant program is designed to provide long-term unemployed workers with individualized counseling, training and supportive and specialized services leading to rapid employment in occupations and industries for which employers use H-1B visas to hire foreign workers. A small percentage of other unemployed and/or incumbent workers may also be served through this program. These grants are financed by a user fee paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program. This program was authorized under Section 414 (c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended (29 USC 2916a). Grant awards will be made only to the extent that funds are available.

Grants will be awarded to the lead applicant of a public and private partnership of entities that includes: the workforce investment system; training providers, such as community colleges and community-based and faith-based organizations; and, business and business-related groups, trade associations, nonprofit business or industry, organizations functioning as workforce intermediaries for the expressed purpose of serving the needs of businesses, individual businesses, or consortia of businesses. As a pre-condition to be considered for Ready to Work funding, there must be at least three employers or a regional industry association consisting of at least three employers who are actively engaged in the project. Additional partners that reflect the character and resources of the local or regional economy and the community are strongly encouraged. Finally, the department is committed to producing strong evidence on the effectiveness of the grantee programs and full participation in any national evaluation initiated by DOL is a condition of all grants awarded.




Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance (TA) Grant — SGA-DFA-PY-13-08

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL, or the Department) Women's Bureau (WB) and Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Office of Apprenticeship (OA), announce the availability of approximately $1.8 million in grant funds authorized by the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Act of 1992, Pub. L. 102-530, 29 U.S.C. 2501 et seq. Awards made under this announcement are subject to the availability of Federal funds. The Department plans to disburse Program Year (PY) 2013 and PY 14 WANTO grant funds to up to four (4) community-based organization (CBO) grantees within the range of $400,000 to $650,000 for a 2-year grant period to develop and operate innovative TA projects to improve outreach, recruitment, hiring, training, employment, and retention of women, women of color and women with disabilities in apprenticeships and nontraditional occupations, as defined in Section VIII.A., of this solicitation.




Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications for Indian and Native American Employment and Training Programs — SGA-DFA-PY-13-02

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (the Department or DOL), announces the availability of approximately $58 million in grant funds authorized by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 166 for the Indian and Native American Program (INAP) to fund approximately 170 grants at $46 million to fund the Comprehensive Service Program (CSP) serving adult participants and $12 million to fund Supplemental Youth Service Program (SYSP) serving summer youth participants. Awards under the CSP are anticipated to range from approximately $13,000 to $5 million. Awards for the SYSP are anticipated to range from approximately $1,000 to $2.6 million.




Face Forward 2 — Intermediary and Community Grants — SGA/DFA PY-13-09

The Face Forward 2 - Intermediary and Community grants will offer organizations the opportunity to develop programs that address the employment barriers of court involved youth while helping these youth develop the employment skills needed to obtain good jobs. These grants will help participants move forward into the future by combining the most promising workforce and juvenile justice strategies available. These grants will systematically improve the workforce outcomes of court-involved youth who will obtain industry-recognized credentials that prepare them for jobs in demand industries using career pathways.

The core project components for these grants include: case management, mentoring, educational interventions, service-learning, occupational training in demand industries which lead to industry-recognized credentials, workforce activities that lead to employment, follow-up activities, and expungement and diversion. The expungement and diversion components will be provided through the juvenile justice system (JJS) and non-profit legal services organizations. Grantees or sub-grantees of intermediary organizations must collaborate with the local components of the JJS to ensure court-involved youth receive referrals into programs as a means of diverting the youth's juvenile charge(s), and collaborate with non-profit legal services organizations to provide legal services that assist program participants with expungement.

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) plans to award four intermediary organization grants of $5 million each and approximately 16 community organization grants of up to $1.5 million each, totaling approximately $44 million, to provide services to court-involved youth between the ages of 14 to 24 that have been involved in the JJS and never convicted in the adult criminal system. Applicants may only submit one application in response to this solicitation. Applicants must choose between submitting an intermediary or community grant application.




YouthBuild 2014 — SGA-DFA-PY-13-04

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL or Department), announces the availability of approximately $73 million in grant funds authorized by the YouthBuild provisions of the Workforce Investment Act (29 USC 2918a).

YouthBuild grants will be awarded through a competitive process. Under this Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA), DOL will award grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. Based on our estimate of FY 2014 funding, DOL hopes to serve approximately 4,950 participants during the grant period of performance, with approximately 75 projects awarded across the country.




Training to Work 2-Adult Reentry — SGA-DFA-PY-13-03

This Training to Work 2-Adult Reentry (T2W2) Solicitation for Grant Application (SGA) provides the opportunity for organizations to develop and implement career pathway programs in demand sectors and occupations for men and women who are at least 18 years old and who are enrolled in work release programs (WRPs). Additionally, grantees must provide a strategy to prioritize services to veterans that are in these WRPs. Career pathways are frameworks that help to define and map out a sequence of education, training and workforce skills training resulting in skilled workers that meet employers' needs. Career pathways are an approach to linking and coordinating education and training services in ways that enable workers to attain such credentials, and ultimately, employment.

ETA plans to award approximately 15 grants of up to $2,000,000 each, totaling up to approximately $30 million to serve male and female ex-offenders, referred to in this SGA as returning citizens, in WRPs as authorized by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Second Chance Act of 2007. The term "returning citizens" refers to formerly incarcerated individuals (i.e. ex-offenders). Priority must be given to those returning citizens that are veterans. Awards made under this announcement are subject to the availability of Federal funds. In the event that additional grant funds become available, ETA reserves the right to award additional grants from the applications submitted in this solicitation.

Applicants may only submit one application in response to this SGA. Grantees may not expend more than $8,000 per participant. These grants have a performance period of operation of 39-months, which includes a planning period, implementation, and a follow-up period. Additionally, grants will be awarded to areas with high-poverty and high-crime rates, including promise zones that have a large proportion of returning citizens in these communities and typically experience higher rates of recidivism.




Recent Grant Awards

Below is a list of recent grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships encourages faith-based and community-based organizations to connect with grantees in their local areas to ensure the most disadvantaged workers and job seekers are served by these grant programs. To find grantees in your city, county, or state visit the CFBNP community of practice community-based partnerships page.

Obama administration announces $20 million for 10 public-private partnerships to support American manufacturing and encourage investment in the US

On October 9, 2012, the Obama administration announced 10 public-private partnerships across America will receive $20 million in total awards to help revitalize American manufacturing and encourage companies to invest in the United States through the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge.




Department of Labor announces $500 million in community college grants to expand job training through local employer partnerships

On September 19, 2012, the Employment and Training Administration awarded $500 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. These grants represent the second installment in a four year, $2 billion initiative.




Department of Labor announces $75.7 million in YouthBuild grants for programs nationwide

On August 29, 2012, the Employment and Training Administration awarded $75.7 million in YouthBuild grants to help out-of-school youth earn a high school or General Educational Development diploma while learning critical occupational skills in construction, health care, information technology and other fields. The grants range from $700,000 to $1.1 million each and together will fund 74 YouthBuild programs in 28 states and the District of Columbia.




Department of Labor awards $11.53 million in grants to provide job training services to 5,500 veterans nationwide

On August 21, 2012, the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) awarded grants totaling $11.53 million through the Veterans' Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) to provide an estimated 5,500 veterans with job training and skills development services. Eleven grants were awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations, in 10 states.




Department of Labor announces nearly $260 million in grants to provide job training and related services to unemployed, low-income seniors

On July 26, 2012, the Employment and Training Administration announced the award of nearly $260 million in grants to 15 nonprofit organizations across the country to provide critical job training and related services through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).




US Labor Department awards $12 million in grants to provide job training, employment services for formerly incarcerated women and girls

On June 28, 2012 the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced a total of $12,096,172 in grants to nine nonprofit organizations across the country to provide critical employment and support services for previously incarcerated female adults and youth as they make the transition back into their communities.




US Department of Labor announces $1.8 million in grants to support women in nontraditional occupations

On June 26, 2012 the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau and Employment and Training Administration's Office of Apprenticeship. announced awards of $1.8 million in grants to consortia in six states through the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program. The grants will support innovative projects that improve the recruitment, hiring, training, employment and retention of women in apprenticeships in industries such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and construction.




US Department of Labor awards nearly $50 million to provide training and employment services to formerly incarcerated juveniles and young adults

On June 21, 2012 the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced nearly $50 million in two types of grants to 25 community-based organizations that will provide job training, education and support services to youth and young adults returning from the juvenile justice system. Four grants totaling approximately $19.5 million will serve formerly incarcerated youth, ages 14 and above, in high-poverty, high-crime communities who have been involved with the juvenile justice system within the past 12 months and never have been involved in the adult criminal system. The remaining 21 grants total nearly $30 million and will serve individuals ages 18-21 who were involved in the juvenile justice system from the age of 14 or older but were never convicted as adults under federal or state law. Through training projects, service learning opportunities and educational interventions, participants will earn high school diplomas and industry-recognized credentials.




US Department of Labor awards $15 million in Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program grants

On June 19, 2012 the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans Employment Training Service announced the award of 64 grants totaling more than $15 million that are aimed at providing approximately 8,600 homeless veterans nationwide with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers.




US Labor Department awards nearly $147 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants

On June 14, 2012 the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced nearly $147 million in grants to develop and expand innovative strategies to help Americans return to work by delivering services more efficiently, facilitating cooperation across programs and funding streams, and focusing on partnerships with specific employers or industry sectors to develop programs that reflect current and future skill needs. Twenty-six grants, ranging from $1 million to $12 million each, have been awarded to a combination of state workforce agencies and local workforce investment boards, as well as one Workforce Investment Act Section 166 grantee serving Indian and Native American communities.




US Department of Labor awards $20.5 million in grants under the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders program

On May 23, 2012, U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration announced $20,518,598 in grants to 18 nonprofit organizations across the country to fund employment-related services for formerly incarcerated adults who are returning to high-poverty, high-crime communities.




US Department of Labor awards $183 million in technical skills training grants under H-1B program

On February 22, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced $183 million in grants to 43 public-private partnerships serving 28 states through the second round of funding under the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Competition. The grants will provide education, training and job placement assistance related to high-growth fields in which employers are currently using the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program to hire foreign workers, such as advanced manufacturing, energy, health care and information technology.




US Department of Labor awards $159 million in technical skills training grants under H-1B program

On October 4, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced $159,266,650 in grants to 36 public-private partnerships serving 20 states and the District of Columbia through the first round of funding under the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Competition. The grants will provide education, training and job placement assistance related to high-growth fields in which employers are currently using the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program to hire foreign workers, such as advanced manufacturing, energy, health care and information technology.




US Department of Labor awards $500 million in grants to community colleges

On September 26, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced nearly $500 million in grants to community colleges around the country for targeted training and workforce development to help economically dislocated workers who are changing careers. The grants support partnerships between community colleges and employers to develop programs that provide pathways to good jobs, including building instructional programs that meet specific industry needs.




Obama Administration awards $37 million under the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge

On September 22, 2011 the Obama Administration announced the winners of the $37 million Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, a multi-agency initiative to support the advancement of 20 high-growth regional industry clusters. Investments from three federal agencies and technical assistance from 13 additional agencies will promote development in areas such as advanced manufacturing, information technology, aerospace and clean technology in rural and urban regions spanning 21 states. Projects are being driven by local communities that identified the economic strengths of their areas, with funding awarded to the best proposals.




US Department of Labor awards $10.7 million in Susan Harwood Safety Training Grants

On September 15, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration awarded $10.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to 37 new and 32 returning recipients, including nonprofit and community/faith-based groups, business and trade associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, and colleges and universities. The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program supports in-person, hands-on training and educational programs for workers and employers in industries with high injury and fatality rates; workers who are young, have low literacy or limited English proficiency and/or are otherwise vulnerable; and small business employers.




US Department of Labor announces $5.4 million in job training grants to benefit homeless veterans

On August 5, the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) announced 23 grants totaling $5,436,148 under the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to provide homeless veterans with job training aimed at helping them succeed in civilian careers. Grantees include faith-based and community organizations.




US Department of Labor announces $17 million in grants to prepare high-risk young adults in underserved communities for employment

On June 30, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $17 million in grants to prepare high-risk young adults in underserved communities for employment. YouthBuild USA, based in Somerville, Mass., and the Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth and Family Services, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., each received $8.5 million. Both intermediaries will operate programs in multiple states and will competitively select community and faith-based organization sub-grantees as part of the program to help disadvantaged youth obtain high school diplomas, industry-recognized credentials, and jobs.




US Labor Department announces nearly $84 million for career training and housing assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers

On June 29, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $83,941,360 in grants through the National Farmworker Jobs Program to fight the chronic employment and underemployment experienced by migrant and seasonal farm workers who depend primarily on agricultural labor jobs. A total of $78,253,180 will go to 52 organizations nationwide to provide training, employment and support services for farmworkers and their families. An additional $5,688,600 will go to 16 organizations to provide temporary or permanent housing assistance.




US Labor Department provides $5.5 million in grants to mentor young parents

On June 27, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a total of $5.5 million in grants under the Young Parents Demonstration Program. The grants are being awarded to community and faith-based organizations to provide intensive mentoring services for low-income parents and expectant parents ages 16–24, as a supplement to educational and occupational skills training available through existing workforce development programs.




US Labor Department announces nearly $40 million for Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration programs

On June 23, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $39.7 million in grants to seven collaborations under the Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration. These grants will provide services for low-income non-custodial parents and ex-offenders to obtain skills and experience to succeed in the workplace. Each consortium, which include community and faith-based organizations, will enroll at least 1,000 participating during the course of the grant period. Half of the participants will receive program services and the other half will be assigned to a control group. Grantees will monitor outcomes of both groups in order to build a robust base of evidence for effective transitional jobs program models.




US Department of Labor announces $38 million in grants awarded through Green Jobs Innovation Fund

On June 22, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $38 million in grants under the Green Jobs Innovation Fund to six organizations that will serve workers in 19 states and the District of Columbia. These funds will help organizations with existing career training programs leverage Registered Apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeship programs and community-based partnerships to build sustainable green career pathways. The grants will help employers, as well, by providing participants with the training they need for the industry-recognized credentials on which employers rely.




US Department of Labor announces $20 million in grants to support young people transitioning from justice facilities to the workforce

On June 21, The U.S. Department of Labor announced $20 million in new grants to 15 organizations under the Civic Justice Corps program to support young people who are transitioning from justice facilities to the workforce. The grants will help young people involved in the juvenile justice system reconnect with their communities and find pathways to success through community service and educational opportunities. Grantees include nonprofits, community, and faith-based groups.




US Labor Department announces $48.7 million to fund re-employment, eligibility assessments for unemployment insurance in 37 states and D.C.

On June 20, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $48.7 million in funding for 37 states and the District of Columbia to implement re-employment and eligibility assessments for beneficiaries of unemployment insurance. Funding will help speed job seekers' return to work and prevent improper payments. The in-person assessment includes an eligibility review, a provision of labor market information, the development of a re-employment plan for beneficiaries and referral to re-employment services or training, as appropriate. The funds will be used to conduct in-person assessments in One-Stop Career Centers.




US Department of Labor announces $11.7 million in grants to support, help ensure success of adult offenders returning to work

On June 1, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $11.7 million in grants under the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders program to help support and ensure success of adult offenders. Grants were awarded to 10 community and faith-based organizations to provide training, employment and support services to former inmates returning to their communities after serving time in correctional facilities. The purpose of these grants is to provide an employment-centered approach to reintegration.




US Labor Department awards $75.8 million for 76 YouthBuild programs nationwide

On May 17, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $75.8 million for 76 YouthBuild programs nationwide including 36 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. YouthBuild is an alternative education program that offers individuals ages 16-24 training and practical experience for "in-demand" industry careers. The Labor Department has administered the YouthBuild program since 2006, awarding its first grants in 2007. In that time, more than 16,000 youth have been served by YouthBuild programs nationwide.




Office of Disability Employment Policy ‘Add Us In' Grant Awards

On September 30, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $2.4 million as part of the “Add Us In” initiative. Grantees will create replicable models that can be used nationwide by employers to reach out to people with disabilities in their communities, build a national and local network of experts skilled in serving a diversity of individuals with disabilities, and improve employment opportunities and outcomes for diverse people with disabilities.




Occupational Safety and Health Administration Susan Harwood Capacity Building Grant Awards

On September 9, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $8 million in Susan Harwood Capacity Building Grants to 45 organizations, including nonprofit and community/faith-based worker centers, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, and colleges and universities. The grants will assist these organizations in providing safety and health training, and educational programs for workers and employers.




Employment and Training Administration Community-Based Job Training Grant Awards

On June 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $125 million in grants to 41 community colleges and organizations. This round is the fifth and final of Community-Based Job Training Grant awards. Awardees were chosen from among 323 applications received in response to a competition first announced on March 15. Of the full amount, nearly $74 million is dedicated to applicants that have never received a Community-Based Job Training Grant.




Employment and Training Administration On-The-Job Training Grant Awards

On June 25, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $75 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds for On-the-Job Training, National Emergency Grants to 41 states, the District of Columbia and three federally recognized Native American tribes. These resources will be used to help Americans get back to work, especially in geographic areas disproportionately impacted by the recession.




Employment and Training Administration National Farmworker Jobs Program Grant Awards

On June 24, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $78 million in grant funds through the National Farmworker Jobs Program. The program provides training and employment services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. It is authorized by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and is designed to counter the impact of chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by migrant and seasonal farmworkers who depend primarily on agricultural labor jobs.




Employment and Training Administration Native American Employment Programs Grant Awards

On June 22, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $67 million in grant funds to 256 organizations through the Workforce Investment Act Indian and Native American Program. These grants will support job training and placement services for adults and at-risk youth.




Employment and Training Administration Young Adult Offenders Grant Program

On June 18, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded two national grants at $20 million in total to serve at-risk youth. The awards were issued to YouthBuild USA and the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps to support training opportunities for high school dropouts and young adult offenders (ages 18 to 24) nationwide. The two grantees will work in partnership with federal and state correctional agencies, local workforce investment boards and community-based service providers to offer a proven array of academic, employment and other re-entry-focused strategies designed to transform the lives of program participants.




Employment and Training Administration Senior Community Service Employment Program Grant Continuation Awards

On June 23, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $596 million in funds to continue support for 74 state, territory and national grantees of the Senior Community Service Employment Program for program year 2010. These funds will enable income and training support for 61,900 individuals ages 55 and older, who have low incomes or are unemployed. At least 75 percent of SCSEP funds will go to provide these individuals with part-time, paid community service-based job training program opportunities throughout the country.




Veterans' Employment and Training Service Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Grant Awards

One June 28, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $4 million in Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program grants designed to aid veterans "at risk" of homelessness. The 16 grants will serve more than 1,400 formerly incarcerated veterans in 13 states.




Veterans' Employment and Training Service Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Grant Awards

On June 22, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded 97 grants, totaling more than $24 million, to provide approximately 14,000 veterans with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers. The grants are being awarded under the U.S. Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.




Grant Application Resources

New Grant Tools for Faith-based and Community Organizations

On March 4, 2010, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) launched an online suite of resources for grant applications. The new site guides potential applicants through the process of applying. The tools are especially helpful for small faith-based organizations faith-based and community organizations, and groups that have never submitted an application for a federal grant.