Labor Grants: Empowering All Workers – Morning, Noon, and Night

Our grants connect, protect, train, support, and empower workers and job seekers, at home and abroad.

We stand ready to serve workers in all communities, with targeted programs for:

  • Teens and young adults
  • Low-wage workers
  • Women in nontraditional occupations
  • People with disabilities
  • Veterans and returning service members
  • Previously incarcerated youth or adults
  • Tribal communities
  • Rural communities

Find Available Grants:

Find Available Grants:

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Description

Focus

Who Can Apply

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Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants

Fact Sheet

Description

Builds the capacity of community colleges to equitably increase employment by focusing on specific industry sectors and career pathways that will lead to more rapid reskilling and (re)employment in quality jobs.

Focus

Individuals enrolled at community colleges.

Who Can Apply

Community Colleges

Posted Date

Posted 3/2/22; Due 6/2/22; Round 2 Due 10/14/2022

Contact

Carls.Matthew.L@dol.gov

Grant

Growth Opportunities (Reentry Youth)

Fact Sheet

Description

Supports work placement into paid work experiences, as well as provides occupational education in in-demand industries, leadership development, a mentorship component, and post-program placement into employment and/or education.

Focus

Justice-involved youth and young adults ages 16-24; communities in areas of concentrated crime and poverty as well as communities that have recently experienced significant unrest.

Who Can Apply

Native American Tribal governments; County, City or township governments; Independent school districts; Nonprofits

Posted Date

Posted 3/7/22; Due 4/21/22; Round 2 Due 10/5/2022

Contact

Ferro.Ariam@dol.gov

Grant

Brookwood Sago Grants

Fact Sheet

Description

Funds education and training programs to better identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines.

Focus

Perspective Miners, Miners and Mine Operators, including Contractors

Who Can Apply

States, Territories and other governments, including Indian and Native American Tribal governments; Private and Public Nonprofits

Posted Date

Posted 6/23/22; Due 8/23/22

Contact

Frazier.Ursula@DOL.GOV

Check Out Upcoming Funding Opportunities:

Check Out Upcoming Funding Opportunities:

Grant

Description

Focus

Who Can Apply

Expected Posting Date

Contact

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Elizabeth Brandeis Unemployment Insurance (UI) Labor Research Center Grant Program

Description

Provides funding to one qualified institution (or consortium) of higher education to expand our understanding of the U.S. unemployment insurance system-including its effects on workers, employers, and local communities-with a cross-cutting focus on equity in program administration and outcomes.

Focus

Researchers, practitioners, program administrators, policymakers, the general public, and other stakeholders engaged in UI and related labor and social insurance careers.   

Who Can Apply

Higher Education Institutions (or consortium) 

Expected Posting Date

Forecasted Spring 2022

Contact

Flowers.Jeanette@dol.gov

Grant

DOL Nursing Expansion Program

Description

Funds programs that address bottlenecks in training the U.S. nursing workforce, and expand and diversify the pipeline of qualified nursing professionals through two training tracks (see FOA for more details).

Focus

Healthcare workers and clinical instructors

Who Can Apply

Public and State controlled institutions of higher education;

Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized);

State governments;

Nonprofits

Expected Posting Date

Forecasted Summer 2022

Contact

petchik.daniela.m@dol.gov

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Worker Empowerment in South America

Description

Technical assistance project to empower workers and improve respect for workers' rights using a worker-centered approach in the platform economy and in the agricultural or manufacturing sectors in Brazil; the cut flowers and mining sectors in Colombia; and in the agricultural sector and the mining or light industry sectors in Peru.

Focus

Workers in Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

Who Can Apply

Any commercial, international, educational, or non-profit organization(s), including any faith-based, community-based, or public international organization(s) with the demonstrated capacity for implementing this project.

Expected Posting Date

Forecasted Summer 2022

Contact

levenstein.susan.l@dol.gov

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Project to Increase Worker Voice and Address Forced Labor, Child Labor, and Other Labor Violations in Cattle Raising Areas of Brazil and Paraguay

Description

A project to assist worker organizations and civil society organizations in cattle raising regions of Brazil and Paraguay in addressing labor violations, specifically child labor and forced labor. The grant will empower workers and protect against labor violations by building the capacity of these organizations to identify labor violations, helping these organizations to better provide services to those affected by violations, and facilitating engagement with the private sector to better working conditions.

Focus

Worker organizations and civil society organizations

Who Can Apply

Nonprofits, including any faith-based organizations or community-based organizations, Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education, Private Institutions of Higher Education, For-Profit organizations, Non-U.S. organizations Non U.S. Entities

Expected Posting Date

Forecasted Summer 2022

Contact

levenstein.susan.l@dol.gov

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Supporting Regional, National, and Local Action to Address Child Labor in West African Agriculture

Description

Capacity building project to combat child labor in agriculture in West Africa through supporting the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and The Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Focus

West African states and workers

Who Can Apply

Any commercial, international, educational, or non-profit organization, including any faith-based, community-based, or public international organization

 

Expected Posting Date

Forecasted Summer 2022

Contact

slade.mikki.w@dol.gov

Grant

Supporting the Local Labor Justice System in Mexico

Description

A project to increase the capacity of local labor courts, and increase partnerships between the local courts, other legal institutions, and the public.

Focus

Local labor courts in Mexico

Who Can Apply

Any commercial, international, educational, or non-profit organization, including any faith-based, community-based, or public international organization

 

Expected Posting Date

Forecasted Summer 2022

Contact

ortiz.carlie@dol.gov

Grant

Strengthening Worker Engagement, Empowerment, and Trust (SWEET) in the Dominican Sugar Sector

Description

A project to assist Dominican sugar sector field workers with strengthening labor and living conditions by providing labor resources, and facilitating cooperation between workers, their families, and civil society advocates.

Focus

Dominican sugar sector field workers

Who Can Apply

Any commercial, international, educational, or non-profit organization, including any faith-based, community-based, or public international organization

Expected Posting Date

Forecasted Summer 2022

Contact

ortiz.carlie@dol.gov

Grant

Elevating Women's Participation in the Workplace in West Africa

Description

A project to increase the participation of working-age women in Liberia and Nigeria by providing resources to and facilitating relationships among individuals, communities, and institutions to combat discrimination and gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in the workplace.

Focus

Underserved working women in Liberia and Nigeria.

Who Can Apply

Any commercial, international, educational, or non-profit organization(s), including any faith-based, community-based, or public international organization(s) with the demonstrated capacity for implementing this project.

Expected Posting Date

Forecasted Summer 2022

Contact

ortiz.carlie@dol.gov

Real People, Real Impact: Spotlight Stories from our Grantees

The Department of Labor awards millions of dollars in competitive grants to hundreds of partner organizations and participating entities. These programs reach communities from all across the United States, as well as those in partner countries overseas, and have served thousands of individuals. 

 

Marisol Santos - Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations

Launching an American Dream with an Apprenticeship

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Marisol Santos crossed the sea in pursuit of her American dream. Today, a Women in Nontraditional Occupations grant from the Women’s Bureau helped her develop into a welder forging seafaring ships. The grant paved the way for Marisol’s apprenticeship which began with general training covering basic trade skills and then specialized based on available jobs and her personal interest.

Read the blog post

Marisol Santos
 

Brianna Crusoe - Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations

From an Apprenticeship to a Family-Supporting Job

Fourth-year electrician apprentice Brianna Crusoe raves about how a Department of Labor grant helped her develop a life-changing career in the trades. A Women in Nontraditional Occupations grant from the Women’s Bureau provided all-encompassing support through a stipend and training and child care services, which enabled her full participation in the program and empowered her to embark upon a new career.

Read the blog post

Brianna Crusoe
 

Yousef in Amman, Jordan - Project on Child Labor and Forced Labor

Enabling Education for Former International Child Laborers

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs helps implement the U.S. goal of bringing meaningful change to the lives of child laborers and children in forced labor around the word. In Jordan, teenager Yousef was caught in family strife and dropped out of school turning to child labor to help support his family. MAP project funding supported his escape from child labor, enabling him to finish his education and prepare to become a chef.

Read more here

Yousef

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