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August 9, 2010 — DOL Notification: $22 Million for Disability Employment Initiative

Dear Congressional Staff:

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a solicitation for grant applications for approximately $22 million to fund programs that will improve educational, training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The new Disability Employment initiative is a joint project of the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration and its Office of Disability Employment Policy. Programs will serve eligible individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, including those receiving Social Security disability benefits.

Funds will be awarded to state workforce agencies, which will collaborate with workforce investment boards and local areas. Grant awards will range from $1.5 to $6 million each to be spent over a three-year period. Cooperative agreements will be used to foster service delivery through the public workforce investment system for job seekers with disabilities. Programs will build upon the Labor Department's Disability Program Navigator initiative and other model service delivery strategies.

These grants align with the department's goal of helping workers in low-wage jobs, or those out of the labor market, find pathways into the middle class. Improvements in employment services for people with disabilities through these grants will help combat the unacceptably low employment rates experienced by this group.

The complete solicitation for grant applications is available at Visit the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration's home page at to learn more about the range of Labor Department employment and training programs.

If you have further questions contact Adri Jayaratne in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 693-4600 or