U.S. Department of Labor: H-1B One Workforce Grant Program

As the nation responds to economic changes from the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing rapid technological changes and advances, the public workforce system plays an essential part in providing a skilled workforce. Economic regions are seeking workers to fill critical shortages. To remain competitive, the nation will need to rethink how it educates and trains a pipeline of workers with digital and technology skills necessary to support the advancement of the country’s IT/cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, and transportation sectors, as well as other industries of the future that include artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information sciences (QIS), 5G/advanced communications, and biotechnology.

The H-1B One Workforce grant program provides funds to encourage states and economic regions to work with industry stakeholders to develop dynamic workforce strategies that train workers and jobseekers for middle- to high-skilled H-1B occupations in key industry sectors. These grants will build proof of concepts of innovative training models that can be replicated by the broader workforce system. Applicants must build support for a common vision for responding to the workforce challenges within their state and economic regions, ensuring that their projects complement and leverage, but do not duplicate existing programs. Applicants will propose industry sector partnerships to focus on key workforce challenges by selecting at least one of the below sector-based initiatives.

1. Tapping new talent for IT
2. Retooling the advanced manufacturing workforce
3. Building the transportation workforce of the future

Amount: $150,000,000 to fund up to 30 grants ranging from $500,000-$10,000,000 each.

Eligibility: Partnerships of private and public sector entities. The following entities qualify as eligible lead applicants:

  • Businesses, business-related nonprofit organizations, such as industry and trade associations, and organizations functioning as a workforce intermediary for the express purpose of serving the needs of an industry
  • Education and training providers, including community colleges, other community-based organizations, and for-profit educational and training institutions
  • Entities involved in administering the public workforce system established under WIOA
  • Economic development agencies

The required partners for the H-1B One Workforce Partnership are businesses, education and training providers, and workforce development entities. A lead entity may represent one of the required partners

Deadline: November 12, 2020

Resource Information
Funder U.S. Department of Labor
Eligibility For Profit Organization, Institutes of Higher Education, Nonprofit Organization
Resource URL: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329075
Sector COVID-19 Emergency Response, Economic Development/Job Training, Education
Grant Amount $500,000-$10,000,000
Deadline November 12, 2020