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Deadline: May 5, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor: Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance Grants

The Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is soliciting applications under the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Act. Applicants should develop and operate innovative technical assistance (TA) projects to improve outreach, recruitment, hiring, training, employment, and retention of women including for, women of color, and women with disabilities in apprenticeships and nontraditional occupations (A/NTO).

These grants will be awarded competitively to community-based organizations (CBOs) to set up and administer a Regional/Multi-State TA Resource Center that will focus on conducting innovative projects to improve the recruitment, selection, training, employment, and retention of women, women of color and women with disabilities in A/NTO. Through this competition, DOL is interested in establishing a national network of TA Resource Centers, to assist in the recruitment and retention of women in A/NTO.

CBOs should design activities to enhance recruitment efforts that include:

  1. Providing guidance and TA to organizations targeting outreach to women for opportunities in A/NTO; and
  2. TA to increase retention rates of women in apprenticeship in nontraditional occupations in their workplaces. This TA should result in an increase in the number of women employed in jobs that pay a self-sufficient wage for women, and their families.

Amount: $1,988,000 for up to four grants. The maximum award is $650,000 over a period of two years.

Eligibility: Community-based organizations, defined as private nonprofit organization (i.e., incorporated under Internal Revenue Service (IRS) § § 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4)) (except for § 501(c)(4) organizations that engage in lobbying), or is actively pursuing IRS nonprofit tax exempt status which may be faith-based, that is representative of a community or a significant segment of a community, and which may provide job training services and has demonstrated experience administrating programs that train women for A/NTO.

Only one grant will be funded per DOL region. See: http://www.doleta.gov/OA/regdirlist.cfm.

Link: https://www.doleta.gov/grants/find_grants.cfm

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