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Deadline: July 23, 2015

U.S. Department of Labor: Workforce Innovation Fund

Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) grants promote system reforms and innovations that facilitate cooperation across programs to improve employment outcomes, cost effectiveness, and delivery of customer-centered services to job seekers, youth, and employers. Awarded grants will focus on job-driven system alignment and implementation of a fully integrated workforce development system. It is designed to complement other federal efforts such as the implementation of the President’s Job-Driven Training Agenda, Job-Driven National Emergency Grants, and previous rounds of WIF grants.

The intent is to award grants that establish innovative, integrated, customer-focused workforce development systems and services. They must be innovative, relatively untested, and be potentially replicable in other States. The strategies proposed must fall under one or more objectives identified below:

  • Enhancing strategic collaboration and alignment of workforce development and partner programs to provide more effective services that are aligned to employer needs and local economic development activities
  • Strengthening the quality of the American Job Center services provided by workforce and partner programs to individuals and employers
  • Promoting accountability, data-driven decision making, and customer choice for workforce and partner programs

Amount: A total of $34,000,000 is available to fund up to eight awards, ranging from $3,000,000 to $6,000,000.

Eligibility: Applicants must act as: (a) the state workforce agency responsible for administering Title I of the WIA/WIOA i.e., Adult, Youth and Dislocated Worker Programs; or (b) a current grantee under the WIA/WIOA Section 166 Indian and Native American Program. States may submit only one application.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277128

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