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ETA no longer publishes "Notices of Funding Opportunities" in the Federal Register: ETA will continue to post the full text of our Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) at, in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget's policy directives, and on this page below.

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Upcoming ETA Competitive Funding Opportunities

  • National Dislocated Worker Reserve: Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Grants

    Approximately $28.5 million
    Anticipated Publication: May 2019
    Awards Made: September 2019

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration plans to award approximately $28.5 million in demonstration grant funds to support alignment of workforce development with existing strategies and plans for economic development and diversification in rural communities in the Appalachian and Delta regions.  These grant funds, awarded in consultation with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Delta Regional Authority (DRA), will focus on rural areas hardest hit by economic transition and which have recovered slowly.  These grants will be focused on the areas within the Appalachian region and Lower Mississippi region, as defined in 40 U.S.C 14102(a)(1), and in 7 U.S.C. 2009aa(2), respectively.  

    The purpose of this grant opportunity is to enable eligible applicants within the Appalachian and Delta regions to expand the impact of existing workforce development initiatives.  Grant projects will provide enhanced training and support activities to dislocated workers (including displaced homemakers), new entrants in the workforce, incumbent workers, and, particular to grants in the Appalachian region, individuals affected by substance use disorder (i.e. opioids, methamphetamine, heroin, and other substances).  DOL will use National Dislocated Worker Reserve funds to award grants ranging from $150,000 to $2.5 million until funds are exhausted. 

    Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity include state and county governments; city or township governments; special district governments; regional organizations; independent school districts; public/state controlled institutions of higher education; Indian/Native American tribal governments (both Federally Recognized and non-Federally Recognized); Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations; public/Indian housing; nonprofit organizations; private institutions of higher education; and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). 

    Applicants must demonstrate that they are serving eligible participants who live and work in the ARC and/or DRA regions.  Applicants are encouraged to partner with other organizations serving the proposed community(s), including potential employers, training providers, and community- and faith-based organizations.  Use of these collaborations enhances outreach to the community, leverages additional resources to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the training delivered, and ensures the desired outcome of obtaining new or enhanced employment.

    This program is authorized under the Department’s dislocated worker demonstration authority at WIOA sec. 169(c), as well as Title I, Division H of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub. L. 115-141).

Current Grant Funding Opportunities

  • Veterans Accelerated Learning for Licensed Occupations Project: FOA-ETA-19-06

    The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, the Department, or we), announces the availability of approximately $2,500,000 in grant funds. This announcement solicits applications for a Veterans Accelerated Learning for Licensed Occupations project. The purpose of this program is to increase and expedite attainment of state occupational licenses by veterans and TSM. The project aims to accomplish this by identifying gaps between military education and training in specific military occupations as compared to the education required for related licensed civilian occupations.

    Eligible lead applicants must be a public or non-profit organization representing the postsecondary education partner as defined below. There are two required partners (including the lead applicant), one representing postsecondary education interests, and one representing occupational licensing interests. 1. Lead Applicant: a postsecondary education partner, which may be: a) A single public or non-profit postsecondary educational institution, as defined in Section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C 1001); or b) An existing legal entity representing multiple public and/or non-profit postsecondary educational institutions, such as an association, board, compact, commission, or system. 2. Required Partner: an occupational licensing partner, which may be: a) A state regulatory board that oversees multiple licensing entities in the state or states where the educational institutions are located; b) An association of multiple state occupational licensing boards or agencies; or c) An interstate occupational licensing compact.

  • Fidelity Bonding Demonstration Grants: ETA-TEGL-15-18

    The Department of Labor (DOL or Department) is committed to helping those involved in the criminal justice system, including ex-offenders recovering from opioid and other drug addictions, obtain employment in family-sustaining jobs; better informing employers about the knowledge, skills, and abilities of this population; and advancing strategies to address the barriers to reemployment. Through the Federal Bonding Program (FBP), the Department provides fidelity bonds to employers to help reduce the risks of hiring individuals whose criminal backgrounds pose barriers to securing employment.

    FBP is authorized under Section 169 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Over the years, FBP has remained a small program, currently serving an estimated 934 ex-offenders a year. The Department wishes to increase the use of fidelity bonds by providing funds to states to purchase fidelity bonds over a four-year period through this new funding opportunity. State Workforce Agencies will apply for the grant on behalf of their respective states. States will operate this new grant in the same manner they operate their current FBP. States that do not currently operate a FBP must designate a staff person to serve as the state bonding coordinator for this grant. States will use their own procurement policies and procedures to select an insurance provider to purchase bonds or may continue to purchase fidelity bonds through the Department of Labor's FBP contractor, as long as they comply with state contracting procedures. State bonding coordinators may certify bonds or delegate the authority to certify bonds to other staff.

  • Reentry Projects (RP-3): FOA-ETA-19-01

    The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, the Department, or we), announces the availability of approximately $82.5 million in grant funds authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, for ex-offender activities under Section 169 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.

    Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), ETA seeks to enhance reentry strategies through collaboration with the field to identify and respond to emerging or chronic reentry challenges. This initiative intends to assist communities in planning and implementing comprehensive reentry programs to help adult and young adults who have been involved in the adult and juvenile justice systems make successful transitions back to the community.

    The Department plans to award up to $4,500,000 each to approximately 1 intermediary organizations proposing to serve adults and 6 intermediary organizations proposing to serve young adults. DOL also plans to award up to $1,500,000 each to approximately 20 non-intermediary organizations proposing to serve adults and 14 non-intermediary organizations proposing to serve young adults.

  • Workforce Data Quality Initiative - WDQI Round VII: FOA-ETA-19-02

    The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, the Department, or we) announces the availability of approximately $11,500,000 in grant funds to eligible State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) to support the development or expansion of State workforce longitudinal administrative databases. ETA plans to award approximately five grant awards up to $1,000,000 and three grant awards up to $2,181,333. These grants will have a 36 month Period-of –Performance.

    Eligible State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) are those located in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • National Health Emergency Phase Two: Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grants to Address the Opioid Crisis: TEGL-4-18

    The U.S. Department of Labor announces the availability of funding to address the opioid crisis through the Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants program. The purpose of these grants is to enable eligible applicants to create disaster-relief employment to alleviate the effects of the opioid crisis in affected communities, as well as to provide employment and training activities, including supportive services, to address economic and workforce impacts related to widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose. Eligible Applicants for these awards are: States; Outlying areas; and Indian tribal governments as defined by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122(6)).