DOL Announces $150 Million for Ready to Work Partnership Grants

By Melissa Young, Associate Director, NTJN


On the heels of President Obama’s Executive Office Report focused on Addressing the Negative Cycle of Long-Term Unemployment that highlighted subsidized employment and transitional jobs programs as strategies to help connect the long-term unemployed to work, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released the Ready to Work Partnership grant totaling $150 million. These grants will help prepare and place those facing long-term unemployment into good jobs.

DOL will fund projects with training strategies that incorporate work-based training models with earning components for long-term unemployed workers in one or more of the customized interventions for rapid reemployment and training strategies, such as on-the-job training (OJT), paid work experience, paid internships, other training strategies, or any combination of these strategies. DOL encourages applicants to use program models with demonstrated evidence of success in serving the long-term unemployed population, especially models shown by rigorous program evaluations to have positive impacts on participants’ employment and earnings outcomes. Funds can be used for supportive services and incentive payments.

Who Can Apply: To be eligible for consideration, applications must include at least one representative of each of the following three types of entities: a) the workforce investment system; b) education and training providers; and c) business-related nonprofit organizations, organizations functioning as workforce intermediaries for the expressed purpose of serving the needs of businesses, consortia of businesses, or businesses.

Eligible Populations To Be Served Through Grant Funds: Candidates to be served through these grants must be at least 18 years old and have at least a high school diploma or a GED, as well as some post-secondary education and/or work experience that would allow them to enter an H-1B occupation after completing the program. Candidates may already have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, but they do not necessarily have to possess these degrees to be eligible.

Application Deadline: June 19, 2014

Grant Number & Size: Approximately 20 to 30 grants ranging from $3 million to $10 million will be awarded by DOL.

Ready to Work Grants may be especially appropriate for subsidized employment programs that have a proven track record of helping to connect job seekers to employment opportunities and for subsidized employment participants who may benefit from additional wage-paid, work-based employment and training opportunities in order to move into high growth jobs.

See the full grant solicitation here.

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About National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity is dedicated to ending chronic unemployment and poverty. We believe that every person deserves the opportunity to succeed in work and support themselves and their families. Through our field building, we provide support and guidance that fosters more effective and sustainable employment efforts. Our policy and advocacy work advances solutions to the systemic issues that drive chronic unemployment.

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