"Pre-apprenticeship is a good stepping stone… You can excel if you put in the effort."
Pre-Apprenticeship Graduate, Iron Workers Local 549
“The confidence I've gained in myself has been invaluable.”
IBEW Local 532
“Pre-apprenticeship prepares women for work in what is still a dominantly male work field.”
Step Up for Women Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Graduate
“If I can encourage one woman to consider working in the trades, I'm happy.”
IBEW Local 768
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.
The 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement is now open. This year, the WANTO grant program will award $1.5 million to community-based organizations to encourage women's employment in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations.
Grants will be awarded to up to six community-based organizations.
Applicants must 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 supportive services for women to improve their retention.
Grant applications are due on July 8, 2019. Please note that this year, the Funding Opportunity Announcement appears under a new Assistance Listing Number (17.701). For information about the program see the Department’s frequently asked questions and view the press release.
Click here to view the solicitation for grant applications.
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.