The Equitable Transition Models Demonstration Grants, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, is an initiative that aims to support the development of innovative strategies for youth and young adults with disabilities transitioning to the workforce. With a budget allocation of over $69 million spread over five years, these grants are designed to address and overcome the systemic barriers related to disabilities that this demographic has historically faced.
Approximately $17 million in funding will be awarded to each of the four recipients in the form of cooperative agreements, subject to the availability of federal funds. The initial funding is projected to total $12.9 million, or around $3.2 million per agreement. The primary goal of these demonstration grants is to identify evidence-based solutions that can help recipients better cater to the employment needs of youth and young adults with disabilities.
The Capacity Building for Repurposing Energy Assets Grant Opportunity is an initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM). With up to $3.5 million in federal funding available, the initiative aims to aid local communities nationwide in creating a roadmap for repurposing existing energy assets.
This initiative specifically targets communities where energy assets, such as coal, oil, and/or natural gas power facilities and accompanying equipment and infrastructure, have historically supported a significant portion of their local economy. The goal is to help these communities build technical capacity and develop a workforce to revitalize energy systems, address environmental impacts, and handle challenges associated with retired or soon-to-be-retired energy assets.
The effort aligns with FECM’s mission of minimizing the environmental and climate impacts of energy systems and industrial processes, aiming to achieve net-zero emissions across our economy. This also supports the broader DOE mission of ensuring an efficient transformation of the energy system while prioritizing labor and community engagement.
Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants Program - Round 4
The Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants Program Round 4 is a funding initiative by the U.S. Department of Labor. This round of funding offers $65 million to augment the capacity of community colleges to provide equitable access to training that meets the skill development needs of employers and workers in in-demand industries.
The key focus of this round is to address identified equity gaps and increase access to educational and economic opportunities. The target recipients of these opportunities are dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, and employed workers seeking career advancement, with a particular emphasis on individuals from historically underserved communities.
For this round, grants will be awarded up to $1.75 million for single institutions and up to $5.75 million for consortium applicants. The program also includes a planned impact evaluation component, where a subset of colleges will participate to assess employment outcomes. Those selected for the national impact evaluation will receive additional funding and will be granted extra time to complete their grant project.
The Employment and Training Administration's (ETA) Community Project Demonstration Grants are a funding opportunity authorized by Division H of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023. These grants are treated as research and demonstration projects by the Department of Labor.
The purpose of these grants is to fund projects that can contribute to equitable economic transformation, leading to the creation of good jobs, especially in rural communities. The grants also aim to promote high-quality career outcomes for workers. Over $200 million in funding is available for distribution.