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Workforce Innovation Fund Grant Awards

On September 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $50,744,449 in Workforce Innovation Fund grants to improve federal job training programs. The grants will be used to deliver services more efficiently, facilitate cooperation across federal and state workforce programs and funding streams, and expand partnerships with specific employers or industry sectors to develop programs that reflect current and future skill needs.

Eleven grants, ranging from $2.9 million to nearly $12 million were awarded to a combination of state workforce agencies and local workforce investment boards in the second round of competition under the Workforce Innovation Fund.


On June 14, 2012, the Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced $146.9 million in grants to support innovative employment and training service delivery in the public workforce system. The Department is investing in innovative approaches to the design and delivery of employment and training services that generate long-term improvements in the performance of the public workforce system, both in terms of cost-effectiveness and outcomes for job seeker and employer customers.


Pay for Success Grants

In September 2013, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced about $24 million in grants to pilot the Pay for Success model, a new way of financing social services to help governments target limited dollars to achieve positive, measurable outcomes.