Purpose of Grant: Department of Labor (DOL), in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), announce the available funds for demonstration grant projects supporting alignment of workforce development with existing strategies and plans for economic development and diversification in rural communities from the following areas hard hit by economic transition and recovering slowly: 1) Appalachian region and 2) the lower Mississippi Delta region.
Project Period: October 1, 2019 – no more than 36 months
Application Deadline: July 15, 2019, before 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Project Description: This program is designed to:
- implement innovative approaches to address the economic and workforce-related impacts within each of the regions;
- provide enhanced training and support activities to dislocated workers (including displaced homemakers), new entrants in the workforce, incumbent workers, and, particularly in the Appalachian region, individuals affected by substance use disorder (i.e., opioids, meth, heroin, and other substances) who reside in the eligible areas;
- support workforce development activities that prepare eligible participants for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with a state, regional, or community economic development strategy; and,
- foster expanded capacity and leveraging resources to address participants’ needs through the workforce system in the Appalachian and Delta regions.
To support an American economy that provides opportunity for all, workers must have skills that align with the needs of businesses and must be readily able to adapt as business needs evolve. WORC Initiative grantees will ensure that all activities will address the specific needs of businesses and workers in the community or areas covered by the proposed grant. The projects proposed under this funding opportunity should be strategic, regional, and industry-focused approaches to workforce and economic development that improves access to good jobs and helps communities and workers plan for, and recover from, economic transitions.
Eligible Applicants: State Government; County Government; City or Township Government; Special District Government; Regional Organization; Independent School District; Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education; Private Institution of Higher Education; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized); Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized); Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization; Public/Indian Housing; Nonprofit Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
Funding: $150,000 – $2,500,000