Department of Labor Offers Workforce-Related Grant Opportunities

The US Department of Labor has a number of grant programs that can be useful for organizations such as TA providers, community colleges, or university based programs with an interest in workforce issues.  Please read below for program information and links.

Green Jobs Innovation Fund

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the Green Jobs Innovation Fund competition to support opportunities for workers to receive job training in green industry sectors and occupations.  Through this competition, the department will award approximately $40 million to support five to eight grantees with awards ranging from $5 million to $8 million each.  Eligible applicants will include national and statewide organizations with local affiliates that have existing career training programs and will benefit a minimum of six communities per grant.

These funds will enable training providers to develop programs that incorporate green career pathways by forging linkages between Registered Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, and/or integrating the delivery of technical and basic skills training through community-based partnerships.  The grants are tied to the Labor Department’s vision of increasing the number of individuals completing training programs with industry-recognized credentials and increasing the number of individuals completing training programs for employment in green jobs.

Grant information is posted at

Career Pathways Innovation Fund Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a solicitation for grant applications for the national Career Pathways Innovation Fund Grant Program.  Over the next year, the department will award approximately $122 million through this program, including $65 million for health care-focused projects, and intends to fund 40 to 50 grants ranging from $1 million to $5 million each.  These grants – which are replacing the former Community-Based Job Training grants – will focus on career pathway programs that help individuals of varying skill levels enter and pursue rewarding careers in emerging industries and in-demand occupations.

Programs funded through these grants will have multiple entry and exit points, and many will include links to services such as basic adult education and English for speakers of other languages classes that make them accessible to individuals who are not yet prepared to enroll in college courses. The grants, which will be made to community colleges and other organizations, support President Obama’s broader agenda of helping every American gain at least one year of postsecondary education, and will help reach his goal of America having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

The Career Pathways Innovation Fund grants will emphasize career pathway programs implemented by community colleges in partnership with employers, local workforce investment boards, and community and faith-based organizations.  In order to further the goals of career training and education, and encourage innovation in the development of new learning materials leading to industry-recognized credentials, grantees will be required to license to the public (not including the federal government) all work created with the support of their grants.

The Labor Department posts grant information at

Serving Juvenile Offenders in High-Poverty, High-Crime Communities

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $17 million in funds for two grants to support the employment prospects of young offenders, ages 16 to 24, in high-poverty, high-crime communities.  The grants will be awarded through a competitive process open to national and regional intermediaries with experience in conducting multi-site projects and serving young adult offenders. The Labor Department expects to award two grants of $8.5 million each.  Grantees will be required to competitively select local sub-grantees to operate the programs in a minimum of five high-poverty, high-crime communities across at least two states.

To view the full solicitation online, visit  For information on the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs, visit



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