Labor Department Announces Ready to Work Partnership Grant
Februrary 21, 2014
Labor Department announces Ready to Work Partnership Grant
The Department of Labor announced on February 19 the availability of approximately $150 million in new grants designed to help place individuals affected by long-term employment into new jobs. These grants, referred to as the “Ready to Work Partnerships” between employers and non-profit organizations, will help those who have been out of work for long periods to obtain middle and high-skilled jobs.
The federal government will issue approximately 20 to 30 grants, each ranging between $3 million and $10 million, depending on the type of programs offered by participating organizations. Eligible applicants include public and private partnerships of entities that include at least one representative of each of the following:
- The workforce investment system
- Training providers, such as community colleges and community-based and faith-based organizations
- Businesses and business-related groups, trade associations, nonprofit business or industry, organizations functioning as workforce intermediaries for the expressed purpose of serving the needs of businesses, individual businesses, or consortia of businesses
In addition, at least three employers or a regional industry association with at least three employers must be engaged in the project.
Funded primarily through the H-1B visa program, the grants will allow companies and organizations to refocus on hiring qualified American citizens. At least 85% of the individuals served by the grant must be long-term unemployed, out of work six months or longer. Activities funded by grants can include training, job placement assistance, work-based learning, as well as employer engagement.
Those interested in applying for the grants are required to do so before June 19, 2014. For more information, you can visit the program’s page at http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=251554