Opportunity Title: Good Jobs Challenge
Through the Good Jobs Challenge, EDA is allocating $500 million to collaborative skills training systems and programs. EDA encourages efforts to reach historically underserved populations and areas, communities of color, women, and other groups facing labor market barriers such as persons with disabilities, disconnected youth, individuals in recovery, individuals with past criminal records, including justice impacted and reentry participants, serving trainees participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and veterans and military spouses.
These systems and partnerships will create and implement industry-led training programs, designed to provide skills for and connect unemployed or underemployed workers to existing and emerging job opportunities. Ultimately, these systems are designed to train workers with the skills to secure a union job or a quality job that provides good pay, benefits, and growth opportunities.
EDA will fund proposals within the following three phases, as applicable to regional needs:
System Development Help establish and develop a regional workforce training system comprised of multiple sector partnerships
Program Design Develop the skills training curriculum and materials, and secure technical expertise needed to train workers
Program Implementation Implement non-construction projects needed to provide workforce training and connect workers with quality jobs, including wrap-around services
Eligible applicants for EDA’s Good Jobs Challenge include a(n):
Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes;
State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions;
Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or
Public or private non-profit organization or association, including labor unions, acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State
Individuals or for-profit entities, including for-profit institutions of higher education, are not eligible.
Total Amount Available: $500M
Anticipated Number of Awards: 25-50 Awards
Application Deadline: 2/10/22
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